During the 2020’s hiatus due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the American Banjo Museum began streaming live concerts, virtual tours and workshops which proved so successful they became a regular part of museum programming when doors opened again last June.
Taking virtual programming to the next level, the American Banjo Museum will launch an all-new virtual content beginning Saturday, March 6 with new performances, artists, never-before-seen archival footage including an original series, The Superfluous Fifth String: Enda Scahill Talks the Irish Tenor Banjo.
Enda Scahill, of Ireland’s popular band, We Banjo 3, is a four-string banjo player and a leading author on Irish banjo technique. Featuring Enda interviewing some of the world’s leading proponents of the style, the series title drives home the impact that the four-string Irish tenor banjo has had among the worldwide acoustic music community. Featuring artists such as Theresa O’Grady, Seamus Egan, Pauline Conneely, Martin Howley and Kieran Hanrahan, each episode includes a performance by that week’s guest.
In addition to The Superfluous Fifth String, new virtual programming will include performances, workshops, and behind-the-scenes tours. New programs will premiere every Saturday at noon, central time and may be accessed by visiting americanbanjomuseum.com viewers will enjoy local bands, Banjo Hall of Fame inductees from around the country, up and coming banjo stars, and visits from the museum’s Executive Director and 2019 Hall of Fame inductee, Johnny Baier.
Baier comments, “During the past year, virtual programming has allowed us to engage an infinitely larger audience than we could ever hope to welcome in person. While nothing matches an actual visit to the American Banjo Museum, we are incredibly excited to share our new banjo-centric virtual programming with a diverse international audience.”
For more information on hours and upcoming events, or to become a member of the American Banjo Museum, visit americanbanjomuseum.com or call (405) 604-2793.