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Clawhammer Banjo for the Rank Beginner w/ Evie Ladin
Tuesdays, 6:30-7:45 pm, beginning May 2
Old-time clawhammer banjo is a unique sound in American traditional music. Once you get the basic technique, it's pretty easy to make music, and play along with all kinds of songs. We will start from scratch with basic technique and learn some songs and tunes from the standard repertoire. We will also discuss some basic music theory that is useful for any instrument, in any genre. For all ages. (Minimum class size 6 students)
*Deering Good Tyme Banjos are available for rent for the session, or sale at a discounted price. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in renting or purchasing a banjo.
Evie Ladin is a banjo player, step-dancer, singer, and songwriter with a lifetime of experience in traditional American cultural arts. She grew up in a trad folk scene up and down the Eastern Seaboard of the US, travels the world, and calls the rich arts scene in Oakland, California home. With The Stairwell Sisters, all-gal old-time teardown, Evie performs traditional and original material on clawhammer banjo, vocals, clogging and hambone. With Keith Terry & Crosspulse, she performs rhythm-based multi-cultural music & dance works, bringing her Appalachian skills to collaborations with a variety of other cultural arts, including other styles with roots in the African Diaspora. Evie calls rowdy community square dances, performs for extremely diverse populations of school-kids, and tears it up at clubs and festivals.
Erik Pearson has a degree in Music Composition from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and has played and recorded in many bands, written chamber music for Bay Area choreographers, and provided a live soundtrack for internationally known storyteller Diane Ferlatte on banjo and guitar. His love of old time music and the clawhammer banjo comes from a moment at Oberlin when he heard three friends playing fiddle tunes in the stairwell and one of them said, "Go git your guitar, buddy!" Things were never quite the same after that.
Erik can often be seen performing with Diane Ferlatte, Evie Ladin and Keith Terry in Evil Diane/the Evie Ladin Band, The Crooked Jades, Matt Lax and Nearly Beloved, Sonya Hunter, Mushroom, Billy Talbot, and others. He is a member of the faculty at the Community Music Center in San Francisco.
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