I recently concluded the first season of American folk music concerts in La Jolla. It’s been a thrill hosting so many wonderful musicians over the last twelve months. I’ve put together a clip of some of my favorite moments. I’ll be taking a few months off to think about the next season and brainstorm ways to expand the audience and reach of these shows.
This fall, I’ll be serving as an artist-teacher, leading a clawhammer banjo class at San Diego’s Museum School, right next to Balboa Park. This is a 10-week pilot program that is the result of a partnership between the Center For World Music, Deering Banjos, and the San Diego Music Foundation. The Center For World Music hopes to secure funding that will allow year-round banjo class as part of their “Music In The Schools” program, which brings classes in traditional musical arts from around the world to San Diego’s public schools.
I’ve been invited to serve as a judge at the 46th Annual Santa Barbara Old Time Fiddler’s Convention. I performed at last year’s festival with Tim McNalley, and am so excited to have an “in” at the festival once again. This is in no small part owing to the amazing featured performers scheduled this year, including Kirk Sutphin, Clarke Buehling, Spencer & Rains, and Echo Mountain (whom I met at last year’s fest and whom I hosted for my folk music series earlier this year).
Look out! Save the date! Bake some cookies! Drink some milk! G Burns Jug Band is coming to a town near YOU granted you live east of the Mississippi river and south of the Ohio. If you live in one of these fine communities or know folks that do, be sure to rsvp and share our Facebook event pages and help us impress those talent bookers in New Orleans, Hattiesburg MS, Paducah KY, and Louisville’s Nachbar and National Jug Band Jubilee.
G Burns Jug Band is hard at work preparing our third album of old American music to be released in 2017! We invite you to visit our fundraising page here to learn more about the project and get a sneak peak at some videos we’ll be releasing in the coming weeks. Donations starting at $10 will secure your pre-order of the new record in digital form, with larger amounts getting you physical copies and other fine gifts. You can also help by spreading the word: sharing our fundraising page with others on social media or getting your friends to our next show.
This is our second time crowd-funding a record. In 2015 fans and friends helped fund our album ‘The Southern Pacific and the Santa Fe.’ All donors received a copy of that record along with other gifts. We took that record on a tour through the South, and it won a San Diego Music Award for ‘Best Local Recording.’ We took that record to performances with folk music luminaries like Jim Kweskin. We have high hopes for our next album and with your help, who knows where it’ll take us?
Thank you for supporting old American music!
Clinton, Meghann, Batya, Jonathan, and Tim