American Banjo Fraternity Spring Classic Banjo Rally

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American Banjo Fraternity Spring Classic Banjo Rally

Time: May 24, 2018 at 1pm to May 26, 2018 at 12pm
Location: Newark Garden Hotel
Street: 125 N. Main Street
City/Town: Newark, NY
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Event Type: banjo, rally
Organized By: Joel Hooks
Latest Activity: Mar 9

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American Banjo Fraternity Spring Classic Banjo Rally May 24-26, 2018

Newark, NY.


It is not too late to mark your calendar for the Spring ABF Rally!


We are excited to welcome back Clarke Buehling to his first rally in a very long time!


Free evening Classic Banjo concerts by:


Drew Frech and Friends on Friday evening.


Clarke Buehling and Bill Morris on Saturday Evening.


It’s worth it to just come and listen!

Anyone interested in the 5-string banjo is invited to come out to the ABF Fall Rally. This rally’s theme is “marches.” That is any kind of “march” you want to play (or whatever you want to play).


In addition to the evening concerts there is the “Round Robin” where you can play pieces you like or are working on, plenty of informal playing and jamming, and the Banjo Orchestra— an experience straight out of the 1890s!


Banjo Orchestra is to preform two marches by Thomas Armstrong, “Normandie March” and “Aurora March.” Music is available on the ABF website.


Come to hear and play banjos, get playing advice, and learn about nylon string setups. This is one of the few places where you can meet and talk with experts in 5-string banjo history and historical styles with a living link to the past.


Membership is optional (though you should join anyway).


Our special rate for rooms is just $95 a night. For reservations contact the Newark Garden Inn, 125 N. Main St. Newark, NY 41513, (315) 331-9500.


The venue is perfect. The rates are cheap, the rooms are clean and they don’t care how late we stay up and play (if we ever stop)!


There is no event fee this time (not that it was expensive last time).


The American Banjo Fraternity is a special-interest group focused on the living tradition of fingerstyle or “classic” (nylon/gut strung) banjo, tracing a direct link back to the earliest professional banjoists. We play the banjo style that was celebrated from the late 1850s up to the 1920s.


Learn more at or contact Executive Secretary Joel Hooks at with any questions.

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