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Dueling banjos at Nancy’s Farm on Jan. 25

Banjo legends Alan Munde and Bill Evans play together at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at Nancy’s Farm, 2030 E. Smith Road. Two of the most influential bluegrass banjo players of the last several decades, they perform bluegrass, original compositions, fiddle tunes on banjo, beautiful slow songs, and more, all infused with a keen sense of wit.

Munde began his bluegrass career with his 1968 recording of “Poor Richard’s Almanac,” followed by a traditional grounding in bluegrass as a member of Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys. In 1972, Munde joined his college picking friend Byron Berline in the forward-leaning bluegrass group Country Gazette, and continued as the group’s anchor for 21 years.

His most recent recording is a duo CD with mandolin player Billy Bright titled “Bright Munde.” He taught in the bluegrass music program at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas, for 20 years, has published many instructional books and DVDs, and participated in music workshops and camps in America and Europe.

Evans is an internationally known five-string banjo player. As a performer, teacher, writer, scholar, and composer, he brings deep knowledge, intense virtuosity and contagious passion to all things banjo. His career spans more than 35 years. In the last two years, Evans has performed across North America, Canada, England, Russia, and Germany, and appeared with the San Francisco Symphony and A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.

His book, “Banjo For Dummies,” is the world’s most widely read book on the instrument. Evans has played with David Grisman, Peter Rowan, David Bromberg, Hazel Dickens, and Alice Gerrard, among others.

Suggested donation: $15. Event details: 360-966-4640, nancysfarm.com.

For more on them, go to billevansbanjo.com and alanmundegazette.com.

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