Georgia Banjo Blues
Art Rosenbaum, banjo, and Earl Murphy, fiddle will present a concert of traditional old-time music at Burke Recital Hall at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 23. The Athens Georgia duo will also present lectures/workshops for Denison classes in the Art and Music departments during their 4-day residency. Andy Carlson, Denison Music Department Faculty member, will join Rosenbaum and Murphy on guitar, mandolin, and fiddle.
Rosenbaum, the University of Georgia's Wheatley Professor in the Fine Arts, has been a researcher of southern and Midwestern American folk music for 40 years. He has recorded on and annotated over 20 full-length recordings, served on the board of directors for the National Council for Traditional Arts, and has published 4 books on African and Anglo American folk music. He has been commissioned as a painter by organizations including U.C.L.A., The Ohio State University, the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic games, and Smithsonian Folkways. His latest CD "Georgia Banjo Blues" is being released by Global Village Music (New York).
Earl Murphy grew up on a farm in central Missouri and has been playing traditional fiddle music for nearly 80 years. He has been an active performer in a variety of styles (traditional old-time, bluegrass, swing, and honky-tonk) and has won numerous fiddle competitions. Currently residing in Athens, Georgia, Earl performs with several local bluegrass bands, has recorded his own solo cassette "Think Nothing of It," and appears as a fiddler on Art Rosenbaum's CD "Georgia Banjo Blues." Murphy is the Grandfather and first fiddle teacher of Denison Department of Music faculty member Andy Carlson.