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