Your Weekend of Banjo in New York City

Master of strings and slide, Tony Furtado, returns to New York City for three dates.
Master of strings and slide, Tony Furtado, returns to New York City for three dates.

In compiling Part 4 of my five-installment series of articles published in the New York Times about old-time and bluegrass over the past ten years, I was impressed by the number of banjo players featured. This coming post-Halloween weekend appears to be a mini-extravaganza of banjo on television and at local venues. No longer the princess in rags, the five-string appears to be the belle of the ball.

  • Friday, November 4 at 9 PM Eastern Time Give Me the Banjo premiers, fourth in the nine-part PBS Arts Fall Festival. Listen for narration by Steve Martin and watch for appearances by artists Earl Scruggs, Pete Seeger, the late Mike Seeger, Bela Fleck, the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Abigail Washburn.
  • String wizard Tony Furtado slides into town for three dates, one a house concert in New Jersey (11/5) and two appearances in Manhattan (11/8 and 11/9). His 15th album Golden was released earlier this year and his Kickstarter video is a must see because of its music, sculpture and….the cupcake takedown.
  • My duo, the Manhattan Valley Ramblers, lend old-time banjo-fiddle duets and bluegrass brother harmonies to the New York Botanical Gardens Thain Family Forest Dedication from 2-4:00 PM on Saturday November 5. We return on Saturday, November 12 for the same time slot.