Catskills Conversations: African Traditions in American Roots Music


While informed American music lovers may know the banjo’s African roots, many have not yet delved into the abundant influences of African traditional music on both the rhythm and the melody of Appalachian traditions and other genres assumed to have descended only from Europe. Join fiddler and banjoist Jake Blount (RI), percussionist and storyteller Joakim Lartey (NY), and musician and educator Brandi Pace (TX) for a fascinating conversation on the profound roles of African and African-American musicians in creating American roots music throughout its history and today.

Register in advance and receive the zoom link 48 hours before the event. Participants may ask their questions in the chat and will have access to re-watch the archived video of this event for a year!

Sliding Scale; suggested $10