A demonstration and discussion on the changing sound and perception of the banjo over its history at the Mariner's Museum in Newport News.
February 18, 2017 (10:00 am - 2:00 pm)
I Come From Old Virginny demonstrates the changing sound and perception of the banjo over its history. It was in Virginia that the banjo, arriving from Africa in the hands of the enslaved, began to find its own voice. Americans, both black and white, began to combine English and Irish tunes and ballads with African rhythms to create something new… something American. Discover how the banjo developed in Virginia and how it influenced—and was influenced by—the musicians who played it. Carson Hudson is a practicing military, social, and music historian and an Emmy Award-winning screenwriter. He has written four books and lectures regularly at colleges and museums. Free with museum admission.
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606