Hagood – Banjo Extravaganza

Banjo Extravaganza

Featuring Art Rosenbaum

Saturday, July 15, at the Hagood Mill Historic Site

Come join your friends at Hagood Mill on Saturday, July 15, as we host a “Banjo Extravaganza” featuring Art Rosenbaum, one of America’s foremost performers and teachers of traditional five-string banjo playing. Art has a long-time interest in the myriad of old-time tunings that give breadth and richness to mountain and old-time banjo picking, and he has learned first-hand from the old-timers in the South and Midwest. A master of numerous banjo picking styles and tunings, Art has received praise from other artists, such as Pete Seeger, for his inclusion of 23 different tunings in his 1968 book Old-Time Mountain Banjo. Believe me folks, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to see a true banjo aficionado in action right here in your own back yard.

This educational event will trace the long history of the banjo from its earliest beginnings as a gourd instrument in Africa to today’s modern-day cousin, which we all recognize. Witness the rich history of sounds, songs, and playing styles that have evolved along with this instrument for hundreds of years. So, if you’ve ever wondered what’s the difference between picking styles such as “clawhammer,” “two-finger,” “three-finger,” or “roll picking,” you need to come to Hagood Mill on July 15 and see for yourself.

In addition to Art Rosenbaum, we have assembled a wonderful team of banjo musicians who will help guide us throughout the day on this magical musical journey. Additional performers include Bob Buckingham (Blue Ridge Rounders), Jason Sykes, Owen Grooms (Pretty Little Goat Sting Band), Michelle Turner, Andy Brooks, Derrick Phillips, Logan Redding (Left Lane Bluegrass), Dean Watson, and many other special guests. This live music event will begin around 11:30 a.m. so don’t be late. Grounds open at 10 a.m.

As a special treat for our musician friends, Hagood Mill will be offering a variety of old-time instrument workshops on July 15 as well.

Bob Buckingham, of the Blue Ridge Rounders, will be hosting a morning workshop (10:30-11:30) emphasizing the intricate and melodic “clawhammer” style of strumming that is most often associated with the old-time banjo.

Andy Brooks, SC State Fiddling Champion 2016 and Dean Watson will host an afternoon banjo/fiddle workshop beginning at 3 p.m.  This workshop promises to be a real “hoot,” showcasing a variety of quirky and fun tunings which can be applied to the old-time banjo.  Both banjo workshops are free of charge, although monetary donations to the instructors would be greatly appreciated.

The gristmill and other demonstrations will be running from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

As always, we encourage visitors to bring their favorite old-time instruments and join in the open jam, which takes place throughout the day under the ancient cedar beside our beloved 1791 log cabin.

Admission is free to both the Hagood Mill Site and the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site; however, there is a $5 parking fee, which is used to help offset the costs for Hagood Mill events.

So, pack up the car, head on out, and don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

There will be lots of other things to see on July 15 as Hagood Mill hosts a variety offolk-life and traditional-arts demonstrations. There will be blacksmithing, bowl-digging, flint knapping, chair-caning, moonshining, broom-making, basketmaking, pottery, quilting, spinning, bobbin lace, knitting, weaving, wood-carving, metalsmithing, leatherworking, beekeeping demonstrations and more! You can ask questions of the artists and make a purchase of their traditional arts to take home.

The Centerpiece of the Hagood Mill historic site is the water-powered 1845 gristmill. It is one of the finest examples of nineteenth century technology in the Upcountry and operates just as it has for the last century and a half. The mill will be running throughout the day. In the old mill, fresh stone-ground cornmeal, grits, and wheat flour will be available. In addition, rye flour, Basmati rice flour, oat flour, oatmeal, popping-corn meal and grits, organic yellow cornmeal and grits, and buckwheat flour are often produced and may be available. Hagood Mill cookbooks and a variety of other mill related items are also available.

There promises to be lots to do and lots of fun! So, come on out, share a picnic, or grab a plate of great food on site from Tom’s Tasty Café or Meat’n in the Middle food trucks and enjoy a special day at the Hagood Mill.

The Hagood Mill historic site is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. all year long. The Mill operates, rain or shine, for a special festival the thirdSaturday of every month.

Hagood Mill is located just three miles north of Pickens off Highway 178 W or 5 ½ miles south of Cherokee Foothills Scenic Hwy 11 just off Highway 178 E at 138 Hagood Mill Road.

For additional information about this event please contact Hagood Mill Historic Site at(864) 898-2936, visit us on Facebook or Twitter, or email BillyC@co.picken.sc.us

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