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Walt Michael - banjo

My affair with the banjo began in the summer of 1962 in Asheville, NC. A number of banjos later, I have settled on a Deering John Hartford Banjo, which marries the best of both worlds - oldtime and bluegrass - in a wonderfully woody and resonant instrument pioneered by the wonderful folks at Deering in consultation with John Hartford. I treasure every opportunity I had to hear John play his masterful music, and will never forget seeing him sit in the front row during one of my sets at the Winterhawk Festival. I'm not fooling myself though ... I'm sure he was intent on listening to the great twin fiddling of Evan Stover and Frank Orsini. Photo: Richard Anderson