A Banjo Jubilee

Article Published: Oct. 13, 2011 | Modified: Oct. 15, 2011
A Banjo Jubilee

Two-time National Banjo Champion Steve Lewis will perform at Mountain Home Music’s ‘Banjo Jubilee’ Oct. 15.

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Mountain Home Music will present “A Banjo Jubilee” this Saturday night, Oct. 15.

Two-time National Banjo Champion Steve Lewis, former Bill Monroe banjo man Butch Robbins and clawhammer master Edwin Lacy will be featured.

Lewis, a Mountain Home Music mainstay, plays traditional bluegrass banjo and also a style known as “new-grass” (think Tony Trischka and Bella Fleck). He started playing in elementary school, and in high school he played for and traveled with the Green Grass Cloggers. Also while in high school, he played guitar and banjo in the Tommy Faile Band. During the years he has played in many bluegrass bands, but most consistently he has taught banjo lessons and played in the Mountain Home Music house band, the Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys.

Robbins, from Lebanon, Va., began playing the banjo in the 1960s. After military service, he played with Snuffy Jenkins and then, a few years later, with renowned fiddler Kenny Baker. His biggest break came in 1977 when the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe, offered him a job. Robbins played with Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys for four years, which included constant touring and frequent appearances on the Grand Ole Opry.

Lacy is a clawhammer (frailing) style banjo player. This style of playing dates back to the Civil War, and it’s closely related to the style played by slaves during slavery. (Two well-known clawhammer players are Grandpa Jones and Uncle Dave Macon, both regulars on the Grand Ole Opry during its formative years.)

Lacy currently plays banjo in the band, Skeeter and the Skidmarks, and he is also a Presbyterian minister.

Bob Flesher, who has written many instruction books on clawhammer banjo, calls Lacy his banjo inspiration.

All Mountain Home Music concert include stories and audience sing-alongs.

Mountain Home Music’s presentation of “Banjo Jubilee” will be at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium in downtown Blowing Rock. Starting time is 8 p.m.

Tickets for adult are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Student tickets are $10, and a child’s ticket is $5.

Tickets may be purchased at the Mast Store (Boone and Valle Crucis), Fred’s Mercantile on Beech Mountain, Rydell Music Center in Boone and at Pandora’s Mailbox and the Dulcimer Shop, both in the Martin House on Main Street, downtown Blowing Rock.

Tickets may also be purchased online though the Mountain Home Music website, http://www.mountainhomemusic.com. For more information, go to the website or call (828) 964-3392.
The purpose of Mountain Home Music is to honor the music and the musicians of the Appalachian region.

Mountain Home Music is affiliated with the Blue Ridge Music Trails, a project of the North Carolina Arts Council.

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