Dr. Cece Conway has had a fascination with banjos that goes a long ways back. In particular, she has been interested in the travels of the banjo from Africa to America to Europe to America to Appalachia. Amongst other things, Cee Cee produced the Smithsonian Folkways compilation “Black Banjo Songsters of North Carolina & Virginia” and the book “African Banjo Echoes in Appalachia: A Study of Folk Traditions”.
Now Cece is putting together a conference and gathering called “Black Banjo Then and Now Gathering at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, April 7th through 10th, 2005. It will feature lectures, jams, workshops, down home frolics, and performances–four days to meet, mix, and mingle.”