Saturday, 29 October 2011

The Banjo Project: debut of Give me the banjo

Thanks to Havelock Nelson of Goodman Media (USA) for the news that the Banjo Project is about to release its documentary film about the history and the many faces of the banjo. The film, now entitled Give me the banjo, is to be broadcast by PBS in the USA on Friday 4 November.

Directed by Emmy® Award-winning writer/producer Marc Fields, and with banjo maestro Tony Trischka as music director, the film includes narration by Steve Martin and features artists including Earl Scruggs, Pete Seeger, Bela Fleck, Mike Seeger, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and Abigail Washburn. It is being shown as one of nine programmes in the PBS Arts Fall Festival.

A brief 'taster' of the film can be seen here on Vimeo, with the tune 'Sally Ann' played by Stevie Barr (banjo) and Wayne Henderson (guitar) as background music.

As the world prepares for the release, US photographer Darwin K. Davidson, who specialises in photos of bluegrass musicians, has produced a 2012 calendar entitled Women of banjo - full details are here.