Bill Evans Presents the Banjo in America
June 30, 2013

Tracing the banjo from its West African roots to the New World, Evans performs musical examples from the 1700’s to the present day on a variety of vintage instruments, ranging from an African ekonting to a mid-19th century minstrel banjo, a modern bluegrass banjo and even an electric banjo. From an 18th century African dance tune to the music of the Civil War, and from early 20th century ragtime to folk and bluegrass banjo styles to Bill’s own incredible original music, Bill’s performances illuminate as well as entertain, exposing audiences to over 250 years of American music.

Bill Evans is an internationally known five-string banjo life force. As a performer, teacher, writer, scholar and composer, he brings a deep knowledge, intense virtuosity and contagious passion to all things banjo, with thousands of music fans and banjo students from all over the world in a career that spans over thirty-five years.

Over a thirty-five year performing career, Bill has performed with David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Dry Branch Fire Squad and many others. He is the author of Banjo For Dummies, the most popular banjo book in the world. His latest CD In Good Company has topped international folk and bluegrass charts and was named to many “Best of 2012” lists. You can learn more about Bill by visiting or see video by visiting