Banjo Workshop with Tom Nechville

Saturday June 8th

Westport Town Hall at 2pm

Admission: €10

Tom's workshop will start with setup tricks and tips you might employ on your own Bluegrass banjo, and then will delve into an introduction to his 5 string backup banjo playing. Most playing you do is in the form of supporting other musicians, so Tom will give you several new things to think about during the vast majority of the time you are not playing solos. Bring your banjo for a free evaluation from Tom and be ready to gain some inspiration along your banjo journey.

American banjo designer, builder, and lifelong player Tom Nechville of Sisters, Oregon, brings over 50 years of passion for “everything banjo” to the 2024 Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival. A fan and player of his favorite instrument since age 15, Tom has devoted 40+ years to perfecting his unique Heli-Mount Banjo technology, with the goal of increasing musicians’ and listeners’ awareness and pleasure in today’s resurgence and increased popularity of the well-loved instrument. From some of the world’s top performers to front porch pickers, Tom continues to inspire and serve the needs of bluegrass musicians worldwide. An inductee to the Minnesota Rock and Country Hall of Fame, a mover and shaker in the International Bluegrass Music Association, member of both the Oregon Bluegrass Association and Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association, Inventor and designer of the sought-after Nechville Heli-Mount Banjo, the Nechville Flux Capacitor neck mount,  the compensated Enterprise Bridge, patented Nuvo Built-In Capo, and Warp Drive Pickup,

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