Denison Hosts Traditional Music Makers To Teach and Play Concert of Folk Music
Posted: March 19, 2003
A banjo and fiddle playing duo from Georgia will spend a four-day residency at Denison University during which they will present a concert of traditional old-time music at 7 p.m. on Sunday (March 23) in Burke Recital Hall. Art Rosenbaum, banjo, and Earl Murphy, fiddle, from Athens, Ga., will be joined on guitar, mandolin and fiddle by Assistant Professor Andy Carlson of Denison's music department, who is also Murphy's grandson.
Rosenbaum, who serves as the University of Georgia 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 more than 20 full-length recordings, served on the board of directors for the National Council for Traditional Arts, and published four books on African and Anglo-American folk music. He also has been commissioned as a painter by such groups as the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, Ohio State University, U.C.L.A., and Smithsonian Folkways. His latest recording is "Georgia Banjo Blues" which is being released by Global Village Music of New York.
Murphy, who grew up on a farm in central Missouri, 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. In Athens he performs with several local bluegrass bands and has recorded his own solo cassette "Think Nothing of It." He appears as a fiddler on Rosenbaum's "Georgia Banjo Blues" CD. And, of course, he was the first fiddle teacher of Carlson who also is a state championship fiddler in both Georgia and Ohio.
In addition to the concert, Rosenbaum and Murphy will lecture and present workshops for Denison students in both the art and music departments during their residency.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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