I know this announcement is for an event that is scheduled to take place six months from now, but thought I'd alert our readers to it now. Wes Lassiter, who plays banjo with the Diamond Shoals Band on Hatteras Island, and who joins Molasses Creek now and then, has organized a banjo workshop on Ocracoke Island Saturday, October 10, 2009. If you play the banjo (or know someone who does) please pass along this information. It is a wonderful opportunity, and space is very limited. Here is what Wes has to say:
"I am very proud and excited to announce that none other than Tony Trischka will be joining us on beautiful Ocracoke Island, North Carolina for a one-day Banjo Workshop for Intermediate through Advanced players.
"Please feel free to visit http://acousticbox.com/workshop.htm for all the current details as well as all the updates as they come available.
"This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to study banjo with the person who taught Bela Fleck how to play! Please visit Tony Trischka’s website to learn more about this fascinating pioneer of the 5-String banjo at http://www.TonyTrischka.com and be sure to check into this workshop.
"Seating is limited to 15 persons only to insure quality instruction by this master of the 5-string banjo."
In our latest Ocracoke Newsletter I share information about our many local cemeteries, with examples of some of our more interesting epitaphs. You can read it here.
To read about Philip's new book, Digging up Uncle Evans, History, Ghost Tales, & Stories from Ocracoke Island, please click here.