Videos from England


One of the the guys who attended the workshop and gig in Ludlow recorded some of the tunes. Thanks Neill! Here are three from Hobart Smith:

The Cuckoo


Last Chance

He’s got more on his Youtube channel:


May Tour in England


If you’re in England, I may well be playing near you this coming May. I’m also teaching an old-time banjo workshop (could include fingerpicking and clawhammer) in Ludlow, which will be followed by a concert there in the evening.

- May 30th, Wednesday. Rivelin Folk Club, Nether Edge Bowling Club, 8 Nether Edge Rd. Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S7 1RU. 8.30pm.

- May 27th, Sunday. Walthamstow Folk Club, Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, London E17 4SA. 7.30pm.

- May 26th, Saturday. A daytime clawhammer banjo workshop followed by an evening of old-time American music. Evening concert: 7.30 pm, £8.00. Workshop: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm, £45.00 includes lunch. Wandering William Centre, Foldgate Farm, Steventon, Ludlow, SY8 4TS. To book, contact: Jim Allen 01568 750546.

- May 23rd, Wednesday. Baldock and Letchworth Folk Club, The Orange Tree, Norton Road, Baldock SG7 5AW, England. 8.30pm

Hope to see you at one of them! (and if you know of someplace else that would like to have me around those dates, let me know!)



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The Cellar Upstairs – Gig


A gig at The Cellar Upstairs, Saturday, October 16th, 2010. Exmouth Arms, Starcross Street, London NW1 2HR, England (on the corner of Cobourg Street, near Euston and Euston Square stations).

Sweet Sunny South Old Time American Music Festival 2010 – Workshops and Performances


I’ll be performing and doing clawhammer banjo workshops at the Sweet Sunny South Old Time American Music Festival next September (2010 that is. Weekend of the 10th to the 12th) in Hastings, East Sussex, England. Get you banjos sharpened up and come one, come all!

Moseley Folk Festival Video


There are a bunch of videos up on youtube from my performance at Moseley Folk Festival earlier this year, here’s one, a clawhammer version of ‘Old Joe Clark’:

Walthamstow Folk Club


6 October 2009 (pre blog, thus the date)

My recent show at Walthamstow Folk was a lot of fun. First of all, my host and the organizer, Russ Chandler (being a fellow banjo player) and I spent the afternoon talking shop and examining his beautiful classic banjos. We eventually made our way to the pub for the show, which was a nice format, with people doing floor spots before I played and at the intermission – a very civilized practice. The music was excellent and it was almost as if I was attending a concert myself! The people were participants rather than simply observers, getting up on stage and playing and singing and joining in on other’s choruses.  Pete Stanley came down and played a couple of tunes, one on a minstrel style banjo he had made and another on a gorgeous Clifford Essex. If this was typical of British folk clubs I’ll be looking forward to doing more gigs in them.