Thursday, 2 September 2010

Young Cornish banjo-player wins US awards

Thanks to FOAOTMAD, the UK old-time music association, for the news that one of their young members has won distinguished banjo awards in the US.

Edward Bennett from Penzance, Cornwall, is aged 15 and has been playing banjo for two and a half years - learning from YouTube and from Adam Hurt and Joe Newberry (USA) at Sore Fingers Week.

In a trip to the States with his father Paul, who also plays American music, he won in succession first prize in the junior banjo contest at Morehead, KY; first prize in the junior banjo category at Clifftop, WVA; and third prize in the youth banjo category at Galax, VA.

Edward and Paul Bennett are regular members of folk and old-time sessions in Cornwall, and Edward will play for the Shindig Cloggers at this year's Cornish Bluegrass Festival (17-19 Sept. 2010).