GIVE ME THE BANJO NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD
with bonus content not in the PBS broadcast, including Uncle Dave Macon, 4-string with Cynthia Sayer and Eddie Peabody, Taj Mahal, Dr. Ralph Stanley, Rhiannon Giddens and Riley Baugus.
Order though this link and a 10% referral fee will benefit The Banjo Project.
Check our Facebook page for upcoming re-broadcasts and local screenings.
GIVE ME THE BANJO premiered November 4 on PBS stations
Thank You Kickstarters!
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The Banjo Project is a cross-media cultural odyssey: a major television documentary, a live stage/multi-media performance, and a website that chronicle the journey of America’s quintessential instrument—the banjo—from its African roots to the 21st century. It’s a collaboration between Emmy-winning writer-producer Marc Fields and banjo virtuoso Tony Trischka (the Project’s Music Director), one of the most acclaimed acoustic musicians of his generation.
Narrated by Steve Martin, Give Me the Banjo brings together contemporary players—including Pete Seeger, Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck, Mike Seeger, Don Vappie, Abigail Washburn and The Carolina Chocolate Drops—with folklorists, historians, instrument makers and passionate amateurs to tell the story of America's instrument in all its richness and diversity.
THE BANJO PROJECT ONLINE
GETS HUMANITIES FUNDING
What will happen to the wealth of musical and historical content that won't fit into our broadcast program? It becomes the foundation for a web-based archive and cultural gathering place for exchanging knowledge and news about the banjo, thanks to a new media grant from Mass Humanities! Over the next 18 months,The Banjo Project website will expand to include interactive features like a timeline and map of banjo history, searchable video interview and performance clips, and user-generated content.
The piano may do for lovesick girls who lace themselves to skeletons, and lunch on chalk, pickles, and slate pencils. But give me the banjo... When you want genuine music—music that will come right home to you like a bad quarter, suffuse your system like strychnine whiskey…ramify your whole constitution like the measles, and break out on your hide like the pin-feather pimples on a picked goose—when you want all this, just smash your piano, and invoke the glory-beaming banjo!
~ Mark Twain, Early Tales and Sketches, Vol 2 (1864-65)