PICKENS — Come join your friends July 15 when Hagood Mill hosts a “Banjo Extravaganza” featuring Art Rosenbaum, one of America’s foremost performers and teachers of traditional five-string banjo playing.
Rosenbaum has a long-time interest in the myriad of old-time tunings that give breadth and richness to mountain and old-time banjo picking, and he has learned first-hand from the old-timers in the South and Midwest.
A master of numerous banjo picking styles and tunings, he has received praise from other artists, such as Pete Seeger, for his inclusion of 23 different tunings in his 1968 book Old-Time Mountain Banjo.
This educational event will trace the long history of the banjo from its earliest beginnings as a gourd instrument in Africa to today’s modern-day cousin, which we all recognize.
Witness the rich history of sounds, songs, and playing styles that have evolved along with this instrument for hundreds of years. So, if you’ve ever wondered what’s the difference between picking styles such as “clawhammer,” “two-finger,” “three-finger,” or “roll picking,” you need to come to Hagood Mill on July 15 and see for yourself.
In addition to Art Rosenbaum, Hagood Mill has assembled a team of banjo musicians who will help guide attendees throughout the day on a magical musical journey. Additional performers include Bob Buckingham (Blue Ridge Rounders), Jason Sykes, Owen Grooms (Pretty Little Goat Sting Band), Michelle Turner, Andy Brooks, Derrick Phillips, Logan Redding (Left Lane Bluegrass), Dean Watson, and many other special guests.
This live music event will begin around 11:30 a.m. Grounds open at 10 a.m.
Hagood Mill will be offering a variety of old-time instrument workshops on July 15 as well.
Bob Buckingham of the Blue Ridge Rounders will host a workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. emphasizing the intricate and melodic “clawhammer” style of strumming that is most often associated with the old-time banjo.
Andy Brooks, S.C. State Fiddling Champion 2016, and Dean Watson will host an afternoon banjo/fiddle workshop beginning at 3 p.m. This workshop promises to be a real “hoot,” showcasing a variety of quirky and fun tunings which can be applied to the old-time banjo. Both banjo workshops are free of charge, although monetary donations to the instructors would be greatly appreciated.
The gristmill and other demonstrations will be running from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Visitors are encouraged to bring their favorite old-time instruments and join in the open jam, which takes place throughout the day under the ancient cedar beside the 1791 log cabin.
Admission is free to both the Hagood Mill Site and the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site. Parking is $5. Hagood Mill is located at 138 Hagood Mill Road.
Contact Hagood Mill Historic Site at 864-898-2936 or email BillyC@co.picken.sc.us for more information.