Greg Adams

Greg C. Adams is an archivist, ethnomusicologist, and musician. For over twenty years, he has been collaborating with scholars, collectors, musicians, and instrument builders to foreground the banjo’s multicultural history. Grounded in critical heritage research and programming, Greg’s efforts include fieldwork in West Africa, developing a work plan for maintaining data about banjo-related material culture through an NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant, and serving as an apprentice to Malian ngoni player Cheick Hamala Diabate through a Maryland State Arts Council Apprenticeship Award. In 2014, Greg worked with banjo scholars Bob Winans and Pete Ross as guest curators for the Baltimore Museum of Industry Exhibit Making Music: The Banjo in Baltimore and Beyond. He was also featured in the November 2014 issue of Banjo Newsletter in an interview conducted by banjo scholar and folklorist Stephen Wade. Greg regularly lectures about banjo history at universities, museums, festivals, camps, and historical sites. He currently works in Washington, D.C., as an archivist.
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