Old-time banjo concert to be held Friday at Templar’s Hall
By Emily Sorensen
Music fans will be able to take a trip back in time thanks to Dan Levenson and Bob Carlin, who will be performing a concert of old time Appalachian music 8 p.m. Friday, May 10 at Templar’s Hall in Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Road.
Levenson and Carlin, longtime musical collaborators, will be performing banjo duets, banjo and fiddle duets, and singing what Levenson described as “the original music of the U.S. population.”
Levenson said that old time Appalachian music is a compilation of music from all around the world. “I’m primarily focused on indigenous music from the southern Appalachian states,” said Levenson, who plays banjo using an old-fashioned style known as “clawhammer” banjo, as well as the fiddle.
The music Levenson and Carlin will be playing ranges from traditional folk tunes, to showtunes of the 1920s and ‘30s, square dancing music, country dancing music, pre-bluegrass and some original music mixed in. “We’re drawing from a very old well,” said Levenson.
Levenson grew up in a musical home, with a father who was a square dance caller and a mother who sang in her church’s choir. He was drawn to this old-fashioned style of music during his later college years, and said he’s been performing it for over 30 years. “I was drawn to it as soon as someone pointed it out to me, and why it was different,” said Levenson.
Carlin has been performing since high school. “[My music] has always been centered on rural American music, American vernacular music,” said Carlin. “I play music that I learned from old master performers of banjo music. I’m trying to keep it rural.”
The duo have performed many times before, and have collaborated in the past on books and music camps, as well as Carlin producing albums for Levenson.
“We’ve performed together before, but not for awhile,” said Carlin, who asked Levenson to tour the West Coast with him.
The pair are spending May touring California and playing a number of festivals and concerts.
“I’ve performed in San Diego before, but not in Poway,” said Levenson. “I’m looking forward to it.”
Tickets for the concert are $10 and will be available at the door. The doors will open at 7:15 p.m.
For more information on the concert, call 858-208-0434.
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