Adam Hurt launches Great British Banjo Sessions in fine old-time style
Wow! What an amazing night. The very first of The Great British Banjo Sessions was, everyone who was there would agree, a resounding success. Sold out for one thing! With a fantastic atmosphere in the stunning medieval setting of Dragon Hall, Norwich.
And the music?
Well the enchanting tone was set by Norwich acoustic trio The Old Time Sakes, featuring singer/songwriter/banjoist Solomon Amos. Beautiful original songs, played with delicacy and warmth, plus some great old-time and folk standards, all with lovely playing and rich singing.
Then headliners Adam Hurt and Beth Williams Hartness, acknowledged as being at the very top of the tree in old-time music interpretation, played songs and tunes from the southeastern United States.
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Adam and Beth are both extraordinarily gifted musicians and we were treated to virtuoso old-time banjo, fiddle and guitar playing. And the pair enrich the whole experience with their charming inter-song chat about the origins of the music in general and particular tunes.
The entire audience was captivated.
We were thrilled to hear Adam play his brand new Shackleton banjo for part of the set. And it sounded so sweet, as you’ll tell from the video.
Thank you Adam, and Beth, and The Old Time Sakes. Thanks also to Mike King for co-promoting this fantastic event with The Great British Banjo Company.