Ken Perlman

Ken Perlman Perhaps the best-known exponent of the "melodic" clawhammer style, Ken is known where-ever banjos are played as a master of clawhammer technique and an expert teacher of clawhammer mechanics. He has been a Banjo Newsletter columnist for over 30 years; he has written several books on clawhammer instruction including the well known works Melodic Clawhammer Banjo and Clawhammer Style Banjo, and he has recorded several series of audio and video banjo instruction. He has taught at well over a dozen banjo and general music camps including the American Banjo Camp, Banjo Camp North, Augusta Folk Heritage, Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Maryland Banjo Academy, the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, Common Ground on the Hill, Suwannee Banjo Camp, Swannanoa Gathering, and the Tennessee Banjo Institute. Also an independent folklorist, Ken has recently published Couldn't Have a Wedding Without the Fiddler: The Story of Traditional Fiddling on Prince Edward Island (University of Tennessee Press). His most recent recording, a duo project with old-time fiddler Alan Jabbour is You Can't Beat the Classics; his most recent solo recording is Northern Banjo, and his most recent banjo book is Everything You Wanted to Know About Clawhammer Banjo.
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