26 October 2012

John Dowling banjo weekend in Belfast, 2-3 Nov. 2012

Dangem Bluegrass send a reminder that master banjo player and teacher John Dowling (UK) - the first European to win the National Bluegrass Banjo Championship at Winfield, Kansas (2002) - will conduct a Banjo Teaching Weekend (Scruggs style), at the Spectrum Centre on the Shankhill Road, Belfast, on Friday 2–Saturday 3 November 2012.

Registration opens at 7.00 p.m. on the Friday, and the workshop then runs from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m., resuming at 10.00 a.m. on Saturday and continuing till 5.00 p.m. with breaks for coffee and lunch. An evening concert given by John and the Down and Out Bluegrass Band (7.30-9.00 p.m.) is free to workshop attenders and only £5.00 to guests.

The total cost of the workshop and concert is just £35.00, which will include a free commemorative T-shirt. If you don’t own a banjo you can hire one for the weekend for £20.00; please give prior notice by e-mail. Places will be limited to twenty, so contact the Centre by e-mail or call 02890 5045 55 to register. This is supported by the National Lottery, the Arts Council for N.I., and Dangem Bluegrass. Some of John's last banjo workshop in Northern Ireland can be seen on YouTube. The full text of the Dangem circular can be read here.

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