California Banjo Extravaganza Mini-Camp w/Bill Evans, Charlie Cushman, and Bob Carlin

California Banjo Extravaganza Mini-Camp w/Bill Evans, Charlie Cushman, and Bob Carlin

Bill Evans, Charlie Cushman, Bob Carlin

Saturday, November 11th

1:00 pm (event ends at 4:45 pm)

$70

Banjo Mini-Camp w/ Bill Evans, Charlie Cushman and Bob Carlin
Banjo Mini-Camp w/ Bill Evans, Charlie Cushman and Bob Carlin
Catch the California Banjo Extravaganza in concert at the Freight, Saturday, November 11, 8 p.m.:
http://www.thefreight.org/event/1501127-california-banjo-extravaganza-berkeley/

Instruction in both bluegrass styles (Charlie Cushman & Bill Evans) and old-time/clawhammer (Bob Carlin).

For all levels of bluegrass and clawhammer players, Bob Carlin and Charlie Cushman & Bill Evans will teach two 75-minute small group sessions from 1 to 3:45 p.m. All participants will come together at 4 p.m. in the main performance hall for a final Q & A session with mandolinist John Reischman and guitarist Tim Stafford. Audio and videotaping is allowed and students can attend any banjo workshop of their choice. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn up close from three of the best players and teachers in the world.

For those players attending Bob Carlin’s workshop sessions, these sessions with be a hands-on, “bring your banjo and let’s pick” afternoon with topics appropriate for all levels of banjo players. For those attending only Charlie Cushman & Bill Evans joint sessions, these will be demonstrations with Q & A time and it is not necessary to bring your banjo to these sessions. If you’re interested in attending one of Bob’s sessions and one bluegrass session, then bring your banjo! At the conclusion of the Mini-Camp, store your instrument safely at the Freight, grab dinner in downtown Berkeley and come back to enjoy the California Banjo Extravaganza in concert at 8 p.m.

At the conclusion of the Mini-Camp, store your instrument safely at the Freight, grab dinner in downtown Berkeley and come back to enjoy the California Banjo Extravaganza in concert at 8 p.m.

Session I: 1 to 2:15 p.m.

Charlie Cushman with Bill Evans: The Essential Earl Scruggs & More If you play bluegrass banjo, you’re no doubt already familiar with Earl Scruggs. Charlie Cushman knows all-things-Earl perhaps better than any other banjo player on earth and in this session, Charlie and Bill will explore the many aspects of Earl’s style from lead to back-up, hot licks, “boogie-woogie” playing and more.

Bob Carlin: Review of Clawhammer Basics For All Levels (old-time, all): In this session, Bob will examine in detail all of the steps needed to be able to play simple tunes in the down-picking “clawhammer” style. Designed for rank beginners, intermediate and advanced players, this workshop will emphasize proper right and left hand technique, as well as banjo choice and set-up.

Session II: 2:45 to 4:00 p.m.

Charlie Cushman with Bill Evans: The Essential Don Reno & More For players learning banjo in the 1950’s and 60’s, Don Reno provided a jazz-influenced alternative to Earl Scruggs’ banjo style. The techniques that Don developed are now used by modern players such as Béla Fleck and Noam Pikelny. In this session, Charlie will explore Don’s adventures in three-finger style, demonstrating his single-string, chord and brush techniques, among other elements of Don’s style. In addition, Charlie will play many of Don’s instrumental favorites.

Bob Carlin: Tommy Harrell, Fred Cockerham & Kyle Creed: Round Peak, North Carolina Banjo Heroes (intermediate-advanced): Bob will teach two or three tunes as played by three of the most influential clawhammer banjoists of the last fifty years. Along the way, you’ll learn techniques such as “The Galax Lick” and “Open-String Pull-Offs” that make this style distinctive.

Session III: 4:15 to 4:45 p.m.

Grand Finale with Charlie, Bob, Bill, John & Tim and all students: Q & A, comparing styles and approaches, playing your requests and a concert preview.

Questions? Email Bill Evans at bill@billevansbanjo.com.

Note: Pre-registration is recommended for this event. Those choosing to register on the day of the event should arrive by 12:15 p.m., while others should arrive by 12:30 p.m. We will hit the ground running at 1 p.m. Participants may choose any workshop topic.
Bill Evans
Bill Evans
Bill Evans has spent a lifetime bringing together folks who love and play the five-string banjo here in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as all over the world. He has taught thousands of banjo students through his books, videos, group workshops, camps and private lessons and he hosts bluegrass jam classes in California right here at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley. His books “Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies” and “Banjo For Dummies” are among the most popular instructional books in the world and he has produced nine DVDs and transcription books for Homespun Tapes, AcuTab Publications and the Murphy Method. Bill’s most recent CD release is “Songs That Are Mostly Older Than Us” recorded with legendary fiddler Fletcher Bright and acoustic icons Norman & Nancy Blake. These days, you’ll find him performing solo with “The Banjo in America,” as well as with flatpicking legend Dan Crary and with his monthly residency in Kensington with local bluegrass all-stars Bangers & Grass, which celebrates its seventh season this year.

What folks are saying about the teachers:


Bill Evans: “Bill Evans does for the five-string banjo what Van Gogh did for color…treats it in a different way and then shares it with you. And his recent release “In Good Company” is a virtuoso master class in exploring bluegrass from the tradition to the far edges of alternative.” Tom Franks, FolkWords
Charlie Cushman
Charlie Cushman
Charlie Cushman is one of the best – if not the best – interpreter of the banjo music of Earl Scruggs and Don Reno on today’s bluegrass scene. Winner of the 2015 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Banjo Player of the Year Award, Charlie is best known today for his playing with Jerry Douglas’ “Earls of Leicester,” the Flatt and Scruggs tribute band that grabbed this year’s IBMA Entertainer of the Year award. The soul of Earl Scruggs run deep in Charlie’s playing, as heard on the three CD projects recorded with Johnny Warren, the son of Paul Warren, the fiddler who played with Flatt & Scruggs for many decades. However, Charlie cut his teeth as a youngster on the music of Don Reno and this year’s banjo mini-camp will feature one workshop session each on Earl Scruggs and Don Reno, taught together with Bill Evans.


What folks are saying about the teachers:

Charlie Cushman: "It’s as if the revered band was brought back and placed in a modern studio with all of the technology available to really make them shine once again. Charlie Cushman can play Earl as all of the others can play their respective parts. If you love Earl and Lester and the Foggy Mountain Boys, they live on here. The tension, the release, the drive, that soul, all live here in tribute.” Bluegrass Unlimited review of “The Earls of Leicester” (Rounder Records).
Bob Carlin
Bob Carlin
Bob Carlin has been offering performances, lectures and workshops for over thirty years, as a solo performer and as a member of the John Hartford Tribute Band. One of the best-known clawhammer-style banjoists performing today, Carlin has taken the distinctive southern banjo style to appreciative audiences all over the United States, Canada, Western Europe and Japan. Bob is a three-time winner of the Frets magazine readers poll and has four Rounder CDs to his credit. He has also produced several banjo videos for Homespun Tapes, and he has authored many books for Mel Bay Publications, including “Fiddle Tunes for Clawhammer Banjo” and three books in the “Clawhammer Banjo Master” series on Kyle Creed, Fred Cockerham and Tommy Jarrell and Wade Ward. Bob takes a methodical approach to teaching clawhammer banjo, breaking playing down into small techniques easily learned by any banjoist. Carlin also shapes each workshop to the personal needs of those in attendance and his sessions are designed for all levels of players.

What folks are saying about the teachers:

Bob Carlin: “Bob Carlin has done much to advance traditional banjo. Perhaps more importantly, he has also done much to keep it the same. Within the narrow ranges of sonority and texture in the banjo, Carlin is ingenious and sensitive enough to find an expressive medium without overstepping the limitations of the style.” Frets magazine