Celebrate the Musical Heritage of the Park at the Joel Sweeney and the Banjo Festival!
The Appomattox Court House NHP and the Appomattox 1865 Foundation will feature the 4th Annual Joel Sweeney and the Banjo Festival at the Park on Saturday, September 9th from 9:00 AM until 8:00 PM.
The primary focus of the day-long event is to feature banjo music throughout the village. To compliment the music, educational stations will include lectures on Sweeney and the early banjo. The day will also include a specialized tour of the Charles Sweeney (cousin of Joel) Cabin also located inside the park and just outside the village. The Appomattox 1865 Foundation raised $25K for the recent completion of the restoration of the cabin.
The evening will culminate with a concert by all the participating musicians of traditional, “Sweeney Style” music in the shadows of the Clover Hill Tavern in the heart of Joel’s hometown.
The schedule is as follows:
9:00 – 10:00 AM: Early banjo music performances on the Clover Hill Tavern Porch
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Walking tour of the Charles Sweeney Cabin
12:00 Noon: The Joel Sweeney Proclamation Reading and Performances on the Tavern Porch.
1:00– 2:00 PM: Black Banjoists in Appomattox – David Wooldridge
2:00 – 3:00 PM: The Banjo: America’s African Instrument – Laurent Dubois
3:00 – 4:30 PM: Walking tour of the Charles Sweeney Cabin
6:00 – 8:00 PM: Evening Concert on the McLean House Lawn featuring:
The Jonny Booker Band & Friends
Corbin Hayslett & Friends
Eddie & Martha Adcock with Tom Gray