“Two men with two banjos make some fascinating music… This project is a wonder of banjo sounds that emphasizes space and subtleties over notes and bombast. If you love banjo music, this little gem is a dandy with a lot to offer. If you love old-time banjo, miss it at your own peril.” — Bluegrass Unlimited
“Lovely stuff. So much depth of sound out of just two banjos.” — Old Time News, UK
“Their banjos weave in and out in delightful and surprising ways… The entire album is filled with virtuosic banjo playing and is a must-have for banjo geeks and old-time music fans alike.” — The Glory-Beaming Banjo
Last July, at the Appalachian String Band Music Festival , we decided to try some tunes on two banjo. Mark had just finished making his new 5-string “minstrel” style banjo–tuned low with a big, skin head and synthetic “gut” strings. Cary brought one of his 4-string “plectrum” banjos to Mark’s camp and we found the combination of these instruments enchanting. Our banjo styles–each quirky in its own way–fit together in a manner that was both natural and exciting. We played banjo duets together a number of times that week and, before parting, decided that we should continue the collaboration.
In early December, we met at Joe Dejarnette’s Studio 808A in Floyd Virginia and recorded the tracks for our CD, “Duets.”
You can now purchase the CD at Bandcamp:
Order on Bandcamp at https://olitskymoskovitz.bandcamp.com/releases. You’ll get the CD plus a digital download. (You can also order just the digital download there as well, if you’re one of those young whippersnappers who doesn’t do CDs.)
Mark and Cary