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Excellent Information and Fun,
This review is from: Give Me the Banjo (DVD)
One reviewer here has noted that this may not be a good film for those who are not already fans of the banjo (or bluegrass perhaps). So let me say right up front that I'm a huge fan of both. I play a little banjo; having come to it late in life, I am no expert. But I've been listening to bluegrass all my life, and fell in love the very first time I ever picked up a banjo.
That's the background I bring to this review. My own personal take is that this is an excellent film about the history and development of the instrument and its playing, for anyone, big fan or not. Sure, it doesn't include *every*thing -- I don't know a documentary that does. There's always more that could be said about anything. This film tends to slant towards the development of bluegrass-style (picking) banjo, as opposed to traditional (clawhammer, frailing) banjo. With that in mind, it hits all the major pieces along the way -- and it's fun, entertaining, informative. If you've any interest at all, it's worth the time and money.
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Initial post: Feb 16, 2013 2:39:37 AM PST
marie - australia says:
whenever i am at the bluesfest at byron bay (australia) i am just drawn to the bands that have a banjo playing.
Avett Bros. Wilson Pickers, Round Mountain Girls, Pete Rowan Bluegrass Band
just something about that sound that i love
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