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'Give Me The Banjo' premieres on PBS Friday, November 4

Steve MartinWashington, D.C. -- This fall, PBS viewers will embark on an epic musical odyssey through 300 years of American history and culture by way of the banjo — from its earliest use by enslaved Africans in colonial America to the 21st century. Give Me The Banjo, a documentary presented by UNC-TV North Carolina, premieres Friday, November 4, 2011, at 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). Give Me The Banjo is part of the first PBS Arts Fall Festival, a multi-platform event anchored by nine films that highlight artists and performances from around the country.

Highly Anticipated 'Give Me The Banjo' Debuts November 4th on PBS

Give Me The BanjoThe long awaited Banjo Project, Give Me The Banjo hits PBS Arts Fall Festival on November 4th. Five-time Emmy award winner Marc Fields, the project's producer tells us, "While everyone is justifiably excited about the presence of such masters as Earl Scruggs, Pete Seeger and Bela Fleck, Give Me the Banjo also documents the work of lesser-known "keepers of the flame," like New Orleans banjoist Don Vappie, Stevie Barr from Barr's Fiddle Shop in Galax, Trish Fore at a weekly picking session at the home of Mac Snow in Low Gap, NC, and a look inside the collection of banjo collector extraordinaire Jim Bollman." Narrated by award winning banjo artist Steve Martin, the project will certainly be a hit for anybody even remotely interested in this one-of-a-kind musical instrument.

'The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance' Contest

 The Story of the National Barn DanceSan Francisco, CA -- Narrated by Garrison Keillor, The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance tells the story of a changing America through the lens of one of the nation's most popular country music radio shows during the 1930s and '40s: The National Barn Dance. The one-hour documentary weaves rare performance footage, home movies, and candid photographs with firsthand accounts from fans and performers. Interviews with historians, folklorists, and media experts reveal historical and cultural perspectives of this unique period in America's history. Produced and directed by Stephen Parry with supervisory producer Bob Hercules, The Hayloft Gang will premiere on PBS nationwide beginning September 1, 2011 (check local listings).

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