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Banjo artist Tony Trischka plays in Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY — Legendary banjo master Tony Trischka is coming to Middlebury to perform at Town Hall Theater on Friday, June 21, at 7:30 p.m. Now 70 years old, Trischka has over the past half-century garnered a reputation as one of the most influential figures in roots music. 
As a banjoist he set new standards for genre-bending virtuosity, inspiring legions of younger players. Through his tireless efforts as an educator and such divergent projects as his collaborations with his friend and fellow banjoist Steve Martin, he’s helped to elevate and transform his chosen instrument’s profile within American culture. His forthcoming album, “This Favored Land,” is a visionary exploration of Civil War history featuring an all-star cast.
A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Trischka’s interest in banjo was sparked by the Kingston Trio’s “Charlie and the MTA” in 1963. His career has taken him on tour to Japan and back, and he has performed and recorded with Peter Rowan, Richard Green, Béla Fleck, Tony Rice, and others. He has a prolific discography, has appeared on NPR numerous times, including Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, and From Our Front Porch, and also recorded the theme song for Books on Air. In 2011, Trischka was musical director and co-producer for the documentary “Give Me the Banjo,” which aired on PBS stations nationwide, and in 2012 was band leader for Shakespeare in the Park, NYC performances of “As You Like It.”
Trischka’s Grammy-nominated album “Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular,” released in 2007, and “Great Big World,” from 2014, feature Martin within a mix of veterans and up-and-coming luminaries. In addition to his Grammy nominations, he’s earned a number of honors, including the International Bluegrass Music Award for Banjo Player of the Year, 2007. In 2012 he was named a United States Artists Friends Fellow. 
Newly-minted banjo players may recognize Trischka from his highly popular online banjo instruction videos. Trischka will be teaching a banjo workshop to a limited number of students at 2 p.m. on Friday before his main concert. 
Tickets for the workshop are $30; tickets for the evening performance range from $20-$25 (plus fees). To register for the workshop or purchase tickets visit townhalltheater.org, call (802) 382-9222, stop by the THT box office, or at the door an hour before show time. 

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