The American Banjo Museum is pleased to welcome two icons of the acoustic music world to Oklahoma City. On Saturday, April 19, banjoist Alan Munde and multi-instrumentalist Tim May will entertain museum visitors in a special concert.
Munde and May met at Camp Bluegrass at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas, and have collaborated many times since. They share an appreciation for a variety of forms of music, but always pay tribute especially to the bluegrass tradition. Concert selections will include swing/jazz (particularly from Alan and Beth Mead-Sullivan’s The Great American Banjo Song Book), original compositions by Munde and May, and vocals – with a little dry wit thrown in.
Alan Munde is known among his fans and peers as one of the most creative and influential banjo players in the world. His style covers almost every genre from bluegrass to jazz to classical and he has written tunes and taught a variety of forms of music as well. His band Country Gazette was a favorite and he played with bluegrass legend Jimmy Martin. Alan was on the faculty for many years of the Creative Arts Department at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas and is a respected educator: publications include Getting Into Bluegrass Banjo and The Great American Banjo Songbook. He currently operates Al Munde’s Banjo College online.
Tim May is a multi-instrumentalist who moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1985. In 2002-2003 he toured with Patty Loveless in support of her bluegrass albums Mountain Soul and White Snow: A Mountain Christmas. In 2005, he recorded on Charlie Daniels’ album Songs from the Long Leaf Pines and was solo guitarist on the Grammy-nominated track I’ll Fly Away. Tim has also toured with John Cowan Band, with Rodney Dillard, performed regularly at the Grand Ole Opry as a member of Mike Snider’s Old Time String Band, and was selected in the ‘Best Instrumentalist’ category in the 2012 Nashville Scene Reader’s Poll. He is co-author of the eight-volume series Flatpicking Essentials.
The American Banjo Museum will be open extended hours until 9pm on Saturday, April 19, 2019 with the concert beginning at 7PM. The concert is free with paid admission to the Museum.