Press Release for Monday, March 13, 2006

Concert at UNF Features Traditional Banjo and Fiddle Music

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Four internationally known performers, teachers and collectors of fiddle and banjo music will present a free concert, “Old-Time Banjo in America,” at the University of North Florida at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, in the Andrew A. Robinson Jr. Student Life Center, building 14, rooms 1604-1606.

Bob Carlin, Alan Jabbour, Ken Perlman and Art Rosenbaum will perform songs and instrumental tunes from the Appalachians, the Southeastern U.S., Canada and the British Isles. This event provides an opportunity to connect with American fold traditions that are often overshadowed by more contemporary musical forms.

Carlin is a performer, teacher and collector of traditional southern banjo tunes and songs, as well as the producer of many recordings of traditional music. He’s the author of “String Bands in the North Carolina Piedmont” and he played banjo on the late John Hartford's CD, “Hamilton Ironworks,” which was nominated for a Grammy in 2001.

Jabbour, a Jacksonville native, was head of the Archive of Folk Song at the Library of Congress from 1969 to 1974 and director of the folk arts program at the National Endowment for the Arts. He also served as director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress for over 20 years. Jabbour was a student of traditional fiddle player Henry Reed. His latest CD, with Ken Perlman on banjo, is “Southern Summits,” a collection of duets for fiddle and banjo.

A performer, teacher and collector, Perlman is the author of “The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island: Celtic and Acadian Tunes in Living Tradition” and numerous instruction books for both banjo and guitar. “Northern Banjo” is his latest solo CD.

Rosenbaum is professor of art at the University of Georgia. His latest book is “Shout Because You're Free: The African American Ring Shout Tradition in Coastal Georgia”. He has also authored instruction manuals for five-string banjo. Rosenbaum’s latest CD is titled “Georgia Banjo Blues.”

This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Ronald Kephart, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, at (904) 620-1659.