Pete Peterson, Banjo


Pete’s earliest musical memories are singing songs from the “Fireside Book of American Folk Songs” to his mother’s piano accompaniment. Although she taught piano professionally, he resisted learning, and was given a guitar at Christmas 1959. Four months later, he was singing a Tom Lehrer song in his high school’s talent show.


A banjo followed several months later, which led to the New Lost City Ramblers and, eventually, to County Records reissues and reel-to-reel tapes and to a lifelong interest in the music of the Carter Family, Uncle Dave Macon, the Skillet Lickers and most of all, Charlie Poole.


In fact, Pete owns and plays one of Charlie Poole’s banjos, presented to him him in a midnight seance organized by the late Ray Alden, where “a long-distance call to Hell” informed him that Poole himself wanted him to have that banjo. He has used this banjo to win a number of banjo contests (including the Charlie Poole Festival’s Grand Prize for fingerstyle banjo) and have a great deal of fun along the line, playing in the pre-Bluegrass three-finger banjo styles of Poole, Macon and others.

Pete will teach Introductory Finger-style banjo, and he'll also present an hour-long workshop with Kelly on Duet and Harmony Singing. 

Each Master Clinic has 12 spaces for students.  

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