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Black Banjo Gathering Reunion March 23-27 at ASU

Article Published: Mar. 11, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

The Black Banjo Gathering Reunion will be held at Appalachian State University March 24-28 featuring concerts, workshops, films, jams, panel discussions, dancing and lectures.

Appalachian first hosted the Black Banjo Gathering in 2005. The event was attended by Rhiannon Giddens, Dom Flemons and Justin Robinson, who went on to form the highly successful musical group the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and who will return to Boone to perform at the 2010 reunion.

A concert March 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Farthing Auditorium opens the reunion. Performers include West African historian Cheick Hamala Diabate, singer and songwriter Alice Gerrard, jazz banjoist Don Vappie, blues guitarist and banjo player Corey Harris, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Advanced tickets are $10 for students and $20 for nonstudents. Tickets will be $12 and $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at, or by calling 800-841-2787.
Activities March 25 include an Instrument Makers & Banjo Forum and panel discussions in Plemmons Student Union, and concerts and music jams in Legends.

More information is online at

The 2010 Black Banjo Gathering Reunion is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to Appalachian's Center for Appalachian Studies.

Additional support is provided by the Appalachian Heritage Council, the Department of English and Women's Studies Program at Appalachian; Watauga Arts Council, Mark Freed, folklorist; Blue Ridge Folklife Institute of Boone; Duke University Center for French and Francophone Studies; the Avery Arts Council; the Ashe Arts Council, and Sparta JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians).

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