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Vermont Banjo Afternoon with Carling Berkhout, Loula Zeichner & Uma Peters

3 August 2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Vermont History Museum

Carling Berkhout

Join the Vermont Historical Society and Young Tradition Vermont for an afternoon of music with a side of history, featuring talented young banjo players.

Bacon banjo

In 2018, the Vermont Historical Society was gifted a rare early 1900s banjo made by the Bacon Banjo company of Forest Dale (Brandon) Vermont.  We’ll be exploring this intriguing item, and how it differs from today’s instruments, with 3 young musicians: Carling Berkhout (Bennington), Loula Zeichner (Northfield) and Uma Peters (Nashville, TN).

Uma Peters

The program will be held in the Snelling Room at the Vermont History Museum in the Pavilion Office Building in Montpelier.  Each musician will play a couple or 3 selections of their own choosing, with their own instruments, and if possible, using the restored Bacon banjo.  The musicians will comment on their involvement with learning and playing the banjo.  The program will be filmed as part of documenting the restoration of the featured instrument.  If there is time at the end, staff and the musicians will take questions.

The program will include tunes sure to please any music lover, especially those interested in banjo. A unique opportunity for anyone interested in music history & tradition in Vermont.

Carling Berkhout is a writer and musician based out of Southern Vermont. She plays in the duo, Carling & Will, and trio, Surplus Daughters. Carling & Will’s forthcoming album expands beyond the confines of old-time, with a modern sound deeply rooted in the style and history of traditional music. These new songs feel timeless, built on the rich drone of an electric guitar and the warm and lyrical open-back banjo.

Loula Zeichner

Loula Zeichner Loula Zeichner is a musician from central Vermont . She enjoys playing claw hammer banjo as well as Irish tenor banjo and the Irish harp.  She performs traditional Irish music and old time music throughout Vermont with her two siblings Yasi and Oliver in their band The Zeichner Trio.

Uma Peters is performing this weekend with her brother Giri at the Festival of Fools in Burlington.  They are award-winning multi-instrumentalists – Giri on fiddle, mandolin, and guitar, and Uma on clawhammer and gourd banjo – and have been electrifying audiences with their refreshing, soulful blend of old-time, folk, and roots music.  They have attracted the attention of MacArthur Genius Grant awardee Rhiannon Giddens, who is acting as a master artist for Uma as part of the apprenticeship program in traditional arts through the Tennessee Arts Commission. Their first album was released May 31st.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yP_LJCte0l8

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