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Master Class for Banjo and Fiddle Players of All Skill Levels with Appalachian Roadshow Founders

October 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

$35 – $50

Saturday, October 12th, 2019 | 10 AM – 1 PM | The Morris Museum of Art

Georgia-born Barry Abernathy has been recognized with the “Banjo Player of the Year” award from the Society for the Preservation of Blue Grass Music in America. What makes that seem unlikely is that Barry was born with only a thumb and part of an index finger on his left hand. Because of his hand, he approaches the fingerboard from the top and does all of his fretting with his thumb and the end of his one-knuckled index finger. Here is a guy who wanted to play and was willing to work for it, developing his own methods as he learned, becoming a great player. Yet Barry, good natured and easy going, never saw himself as having a “handicap.”

Canton, North Carolina’s Jim Van Cleve is an award-winning fiddle player, songwriter, session player and producer. A founding member of Mountain Heart and Appalachian Road Show, he was recruited, at age 18, by bluegrass/gospel legend Doyle Lawson to become part of Lawson’s acclaimed “Quicksilver” band. A highly regarded and much sought after session musician and record producer in the worlds of Country and Americana music, he has quickly built a wide-ranging and artistically acclaimed body of production work.

They are founding members of Appalachian Road Show, a new band that combines Barry Abernathy’s talents as vocalist and banjoist with those of grammy award winning fiddler and producer Jim VanCleve, respected tenor and mandolinist Darrell Webb, legendary upright bass player Todd Phillips, and young phenom Zeb Snyder on guitar. As a group, they seek to honor the music, traditions, and people of the Appalachian Region.

The master class is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with two of the biggest talents in the world of bluegrass and Americana music.

Members of the Morris Museum: $35
Non-members: $50

For more info, contact:
Brenda Hall, brenda.hall@themorris.org or (706) 828-3800
Brooke Shivers, brooke.shivers@themorris.org or (706) 828-3867

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October 12, 2019
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
$35 – $50
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Morris Museum of Art
1 Tenth St.
Augusta, GA United States
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