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June 2012

1984 recording from Mount Airy Fiddler's Convention

In the spring of 1984 I was a student at Virginia Tech. I discovered Mac Traynham was not only one of my classmates but was an award winning banjo player. I had always wanted to learn to play the banjo so I asked Mac if he would be my teacher.  He said he would if I agreed to attend the "Mount Airy Fiddler's Convention" first.  I agreed to attend but had no idea what to expect.  I arrived carrying my Sony hand-held tape recorder and wandered around listening to and recording some of the many jam sessions.  Years later I realized I recorded a jam session with old time music greats Tommy Jarrell and Ralph BlizardRichie Stearns was playing banjo.  Listen to the recording:

Ralph Blilzzard 1984 higher