Monday, 2 December 2013

New Leon Hunt banjo book from Mel Bay

Thanks to Bluegrass Today for the news that a new book/DVD by the outstanding British banjo-player Leon Hunt has been published by Mel Bay: On the outside looking out: 5-string banjo beyond bluegrass.

The autumn 2013 issue of British Bluegrass News included an article by Leon Hunt on his career as a banjo player, and the need for anyone in that position to extend their musical reach beyond the boundaries of bluegrass music. In his introductory note to the book he writes:

My own motives for straying musically were born out of necessity, but now the enjoyment and exploration of new musical styles are what guides me. This book and accompanying DVD are intended to help anyone who also wants to take their banjo playing to new exciting places.

More details are on Bluegrass Today. One historical irony - in his note Leon Hunt also writes: 'There's no getting away from it, the 5-string banjo is about as American as apple pie.' Would an English 5-string banjo player of a hundred years ago have written those words?