Philadelphia’s Mummers – Struttin’ Their Stuff
May 2018-April 2019
A special exhibit at the American Banjo Museum features the Philadelphia Mummers and the fabled New Year’s Day Mummers Parade, the oldest annual folk celebration in the US. See costumes from parades past and learn about the history and traditions of the M ummers and the String Bands of Philadelphia.
America’s Super Picker – Roy Clark
February 2017 – April 2018
Taking the best from an impoverished childhood and developing innate talent into international superstardom, the life and career of the man known as America’s Super Picker, Roy Clark is celebrated in a new exhibit at the American Banjo Museum.
Through his own words, artifacts of his career, and rate photographs from his personal collection, Roy Clark shares what can only be described as an amazing life and career in a new exhibit entitled, AMERICA’S SUPER PICKER – ROY CLARK. The exhibit will be at the American Banjo Museum through March of 2018. The exhibit chronicles the entire spectrum of Clark’s musical life – from his earliest musical exploits (including practicing the guitar until his fingers bled!) to performing with Brad Paisley on the nationally televised Country Music Association awards program in 2016.
The Banjo World of Steve Martin
February 2016-January 2017
Best known for films such as The Jerk, The Pink Panther and, most recently, the animated feature Home, as well as numerous written works, Martin has become an American entertainment institution. However, few people are truly familiar with his musical prowess. The Banjo World of Steve Martin features Martin’s skill as a banjo player as part of his “Wild and Crazy Guy” persona. From the early years at Disney and Knott’s Berry Farm to later years when his career returned to its musical roots, resulting in award winning and critically acclaimed recordings, concerts and theatrical presentations.
The exhibit featured three of Martin’s banjos which were on personal loan for an exclusive exhibit at the American Banjo Museum. Martin’s 1959 Gibson RB-170 was his first banjo and the one he learned to play the three-finger picking style of Earl Scruggs by slowing down Scruggs' recordings to half their original speed. The 1927 Gibson Florentine was Martin’s second banjo and the one most associated with his career, as well as his personal favorite. The 1926 Gibson Granada which features Gibson’s unique “ball bearing” tone system is only used for one song Rare Bird Alert, which Martin penned. In addition to memorabilia and rare photos, The Banjo World of Steve Martin features an exclusive interview where Martin discusses his love for America’s instrument, the banjo.