BOTMC- Early American Songster Banjo w/Dom Flemons

BOTMC- Early American Songster Banjo w/Dom Flemons

Dom Flemons

Friday, September 28th

6:00 pm (event ends at 7:30 pm)

$25

  • Workshop participants who are ticket holders for the 9/28/18 BOTMC show that evening may reserve their seats before the beginning of the workshop.
  • Dom’s workshop will explore the styles, techniques and history of early American songsters. This covers nearly a century of banjo traditions and tunes of early popular music including ragtime, blues, country western, bluegrass and string band music. Participants will learn songs and explore the deeper African roots of the banjo. The techniques will include country blues progressions, folk/ragtime chord inversions and opening up rhythmic possibilities while frailing. All audiences and ages are welcomed to join, listen or participate. Please bring capos as we will be using them. Other instruments are encouraged for an impromptu jam session.

BOTMC- Early American Stongster Banjo
Dom’s workshop will explore the styles, techniques and history of early American songsters. This covers nearly a century of banjo traditions and tunes of early popular music including ragtime, blues, country western, bluegrass and string band music. Participants will learn songs and explore the deeper African roots of the banjo. The techniques will include country blues progressions, folk/ragtime chord inversions and opening up rhythmic possibilities while frailing. All audiences and ages are welcomed to join, listen or participate. Please bring capos as we will be using them. Other instruments are encouraged for an impromptu jam session.
Dom Flemons
Dom Flemons
“Dom Flemons is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area. He is known as “The American Songster” since his repertoire of music covers nearly 100 years of American folklore, ballads, and tunes. Flemons is a music scholar, historian, record collector and a multi-instrumentalist. He is considered an expert player on the Banjo, Fife, Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Quills, and Rhythm Bones. He has performed with leading musicians, such as, Mike Seeger, Joe Thompson, Martin Simpson, Boo Hanks, Taj Mahal, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Guy Davis. He has been a professional touring musician for the past ten years and has traveled around the nation and the world presenting traditional folk and roots music to diverse audiences. Flemons has performed as a soloist at prestigious venues, such as, Carnegie Hall, Cecil Sharp House, the Grand Ole Opry, the Opening Ceremony for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Newport Folk Festival and represented the United States at the 2017 Rainforest World Music Festival in Kuching, Malaysia.

In 2005, Flemons co-founded the Carolina Chocolate Drops who have won a GRAMMY for Best Traditional Folk in 2010. He left the group to pursue his solo career in 2014. In 2016 the Carolina Chocolate Drops were inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame and are featured in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.”