29 January 2015

Michael J. Miles: news and events for spring/summer 2015

The BIB editor reports:

Thanks to clawhammer banjo maestro Michael J. Miles (USA) for his latest e-newsletter, with details of his schedule for the coming months. All his CDs, with some of the most impressive music ever played on clawhammer banjo, are now available for $10 each.

Michael's classes at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago start on Monday 2 March. He is giving two courses: 'Irish tunes for clawhammer banjo' and 'Beatles for fingerstyle guitar'. There's something odd about the road sign shown with the 'Irish tunes' item, but we can't quite put our finger on it...

Other items include collaborations with the Chicago Arts Orchestra and the Poetry Foundation, workshops, banjo camps, university classes, a guitar CD, and a new YouTube initiative entitled 'Existential banjo'. If this is in partnership with Henri the Existentialist Cat, we can't wait - no doubt he'll have some biting comments on the use of catskin for banjo heads in former days. Read the full newsletter here.

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