Posted by: Pam, at RML | June 29, 2010

Out on the porch with Judy Marti: A Banjo-Pickin’ Girl

Judy Marti

On Wednesday, July 7 at 7:30pm, Judy Marti will entertain us with her banjo playing on Wendy’s Porch at Radnor Memorial Library. Judy plays in the old banjo style of National Heritage Fellow Ola Belle Campbell Reed. The performance is preceded by a 6:30 banjo workshop  for players of all ages and skill levels. If you know any banjo players, be sure to tell them to come early and participate in Judy’s workshop. Ya gotta come out from under the porch!

This lively outdoor concert is free; bring all your friends and family! And just like last summer, Kevin Nolan of Nolan Painting will supply the complimentary snacks and beverages. And as always, additional sponsorship from the Friends.

Marti’s repertoire includes traditional and contemporary Irish, English, Scottish and American folk music, and also includes some of her own compositions. As the owner of an organic farm, Broad Valley Orchard, Judy says the music tends to reflect the style of farming and life she’s chosen to live on her farm. In addition to playing the banjo, Judy sings and plays guitar.                     

Back in the 1980’s, she became an apprentice to Ola Belle Campbell Reed and was taught the style for which Reed was known. Reed died in 2002 and since then, Judy has written a book about her. I did a little research of my own and found a website for the festival named in honor of Reed and  learned that it is held every summer in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. This year it is in August…which gives you plenty of time to do some of your own research and then plan a trip down there if your hankerin’ to hear more old-timey banjo music….          

This presentation is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, a Federal-State partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The PHC inspires people to come together and share a life of learning. Since 1973, the PHC has provided resources that empower local groups to help their communities explore history, literature, the arts and the ideas that shape the human experience.

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