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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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