swings by Tell Us A Tale
Sunday August 29, 2010, Noon-2pm
Seth Swingle (shown above with Mike Seeger), who will be part of the Heritage Harvest Festival (for which WTJU is the official music sponsor) at Monticello on September 11, will stop by Tell Us A Tale with his banjo and two stringed instruments (considered ancestors of the banjo) from West Africa: the kora and ngoni. Having just returned from five weeks touring through Mali, Seth will demonstrate both African instruments, as well as the banjo, which he will perform at the Heritage Harvest Festival. Seth will also talk about the upcoming Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase on September 12, and his own involvement a few years ago as apprentice to Mike Seeger (1933-2009).Seth Swingle has already had the musical experience of a player twice his age. By the tender age of 20, he has already logged many musical hours studying with teachers as diverse as old time banjo master Mike Seeger and West African ngoni (lute) virtuoso, Cheick Hamala Diabate. From African roots to American traditions including claw-hammer and three-finger bluegrass, Seth is well on his way to conquering them all.
-Bob Carlin, Banjo player, Record Producer
As Corey Harris, 2007 McArthur Fellowship Recipient, wrote, "Seth displays a reverence for traditional music of all types. He is a first-rate master musician. His command of the banjo and the African ngoni are beyond his years, while his natural intelligence and goodness of heart inform every note he plays. He is well on his way."