Earlier this month the sounds of the five string banjo reverberated throughout the small New South Wales town of Numeralla, near Cooma. It was a typical cold day in the Snowy Mountains, but the locals made sure there was roaring log fire in the hall to keep everyone warm.
Seventeen banjo players brought their instruments to the quaint Numeralla community hall at 11 am for almost 12 hours of intensive bluegrass banjo instruction in a workshop conducted by well known Aussie banjo player and successful luthier, Laurie Grundy of Porepunkah Victoria. Laurie was ably assisted by mandolinist Diane Cross.
The local ladies were busy in the hall’s kitchen and provided everyone with some fantastic country cooking for an evening meal. Laurie advises that thanks must go to Peter Jackson for organizing the occasion and to Annette Schofield for the wonderful meal.