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VIDEO: Tribute to Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Doug Dillard, & Everett Lilly – Grey Fox 2012

This is my unedited video from onstage. It’s actually intended to provide some short excerpts for the main video footage. But I wanted to get this out early and at least temporarily for you to see. Please excuse the shaky stuff and the booming audio for now. – Fred Robbins Banjo: Mike Munford, Noam Pikelny, Sammy Shelor, Pete Wernick, Ira Gitlin, Zack Mongan, Ryan Cavanaugh Guitar: Tim O’Brien, Chris Luquette Fiddle: Brian Wicklund, Mike Barnett Mandolin: Frank Solivan Bass: Danny Booth, Ira Gitlin Vocals: Aoife O’Donovan
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1959 Flatt & Scruggs live recording to be aired Sun 4/22

From a post by Bill Knowlton of WCNY’s Bluegrass Ramble Radio Show: Earl Scruggs, the innovative father of the bluegrass banjo, died March 28th. This Sunday, April 22nd, I’ll be giving a belated but extra special tribute to Earl; a unique one as well. In December 1959 I left the Bronx for Hartford CT armed with a reel-to-reel tape recorder. At the Foot Guard Hall I was given permission to tape, for future broadcast on Fordham University’s WFUV, the entire performace of Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys. It was recorded on Dec. 6, 1959 and this
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Dr. Banjo’s Jam Camp Returns to Grey Fox

Pete Wernick (aka Dr. Banjo) and Grey Fox merrily announce the return of Pete’s famous Jam Camp to Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Hill, NY this coming summer. The four day came will be in session Monday–Thursday, July 16–19, 2012 at the Oak Hill Fire Hall, directly across from the entrance to Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival. Closet pickers, Pete’s Jam Camp at Grey Fox is for you! You’ll be jamming the first morning and you’ll be oh-so-much-more-in shape for all the great jams at Grey Fox. Pete and his dynamite staff offer user-friendly instruction in all bluegrass instruments! Find
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Steve Martin Narrates “Give Me the Banjo” on PBS

“Give Me the Banjo“ Steve Martin Narrates Chronicle of the Country’s Music, History and Popular Culture Through “America’s Quintessential Instrument” 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. On PBS stations throughout the Northeast… 9:00-11:00 pm Eastern; Friday, November 4, 2011; http://www.thebanjoproject.org/ (says 8 CST) And here’s a teaser video: http://tinyurl.com/PBS-banjo
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Noam Pikelny Awarded 1st Annual Steve Martin Prize

The Steve Martin Charitable Foundation has selected Punch Brothers banjo player Noam Pikelny as the winner of the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Earl Scruggs, Pete Wernick, Tony Trischka and Béla Fleck were on the committee that selected Pikelny, who will receive “an unrestricted cash prize of fifty-thousand dollars, as well as a bronze sculpture created expressly for the prize by noted artist Eric Fischl.” Martin describes Pilkeny as “the extraordinary banjoist for the Punch Brothers, playing not only traditional bluegrass, but classical, rock and jazz oriented music. He is a player of unlimited
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