Advanced Bluegrass Banjo with Frank Evans
We will be focusing on ways to move up the neck with confidence, for both soloing and back up. The emphasis will be on learning by ear, but tabs will also be provided for the repertoire covered in the workshop. We will talk about jam sessions - how to learn tunes you've never heard before and how to solo over standard bluegrass forms. We will discuss playing and singing at the same time, so if you are a singer, be sure to bring some of your favorite songs. We will also explore the three main bluegrass banjo styles, Scruggs, Melodic, and Single String. By the end of the week you will be equipped with a deadly arsenal of banjo skills that will be sure to lead you to safety no matter what bluegrass encounter you may find yourself in.
Frank Evans fell in love with banjo at age 10 and quickly developed a passion for Old Time Appalachian music. He won the youth banjo contest at the Clifftop Appalachian String Band Festival when he was 13 and later placed second over all. In 2010 Evans joined the bluegrass outfit the Slocan Ramblers and recorded their first album Shaking Down the Acorns produced by Juno award winner Andrew Collins. The album gained attention world wide and led them to open for Steve Martin at the Toronto Jazz festival in 2013. In 2011 Evans became the first banjo player to attend Humber College of Music where he studied Jazz. Currently Evans tours extensively year round throughout the world and has played at Rockygrass, Merlefest, and Jacobs Ladder Festival in Isreal. He has taught at the Rockygrass Academy, Nimble Fingers Bluegrass Camp and has played and taught alongside Tony Trischka, Peter Rowan, John Reischman and Ken Whiteley. The Slocan Ramlers released their most recent album, Queen City Jubilee in June. Evans is based in Toronto.