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Brush Up Your Banjo with Tony Furtado

29th Aug 2017

Traditionally for the OCTOBER WEEKEND (21st-22nd Oct 2017) we try to set up a master class or two if we can.

This year we've managed to persuade Tony to take a detour on his forthcoming trip to Scandinavia, and asked him to help us continue our tradition by offering a BANJO MASTERCLASS. So, if you play a bit and would like to like to spend a couple of days tapping into the Furtado magical skill now's your chance.

Here's something about him:

Tony Furtado took up the banjo at age 12, inspired by the Beverly Hillbillies TV show and a sixth grade music report. He first attracted national attention in 1987, when he won the National Bluegrass Banjo Championship in Winfield, Kansas. Not long after that, Tony opted for the life of a full-time professional musician, joining Laurie Lewis & Grant Street. A second victory at Winfield, in 1991, bookended his years with Grant Street.

In 1990, Tony signed a recording deal with Rounder Records, one of the country’s preeminent independent record companies. Beginning with Swamped in 1990, he recorded six critically acclaimed albums for the label, collaborating with such master musicians as Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, Stuart Duncan, Kelly Joe Phelps and Mike Marshall. During this period Tony also performed and recorded with the band SugarBeat and the Rounder Banjo Extravaganza with Tony Trischka and Tom Adams.

For more about Tony visit his web site http://www.tonyfurtado.com and here is a YouTube Link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmbbnSkqBOg

This is an opportunity not to be missed. Book as soon as you can to avoid disappointment as places are going fast!

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