THE MAGIC BANJO
created and performed by Michael J. Miles
"Highly recommended....an exhilarating musical and multi-dimensional journey....a provocative political and social history of America." HEDY WEISS, CHICAGO SUNTIMES
The Magic Banjo is a one-man show featuring the musical and written works of Pete Seeger, Carl Sandburg, Woody Guthrie, Walt Whitman, Johann Sebastian Bach and others.
This is a journey into Americana--a social and political portrait of American through the eyes of the banjo. Mixing compelling songs and driving banjo instrumentals with superb literature and journal extractions from some of America's most telling writers and thinkers, Miles has woven together a magical journey into the heart of America.
Punctuated by humor and music, this show provides a thoroughly enjoyable experience that has played to sold out theatres across the midwest and at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.
Eight different instruments are used including a Civil War minstrel banjo and an African 3-string Halam carved from a tree trunk,. The sounds include folk songs, ragtime, union songs, train songs, and selections from Miles' own compositions.
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"Musician's one-man banjo show is magic. Captivating...entertaining.. thoughtful...vivid images of America....a treat to hear."
Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2004
"Miles gives a mesmerizing performance because of his charisma and apparent love for storytelling and the banjo. His voice is strong, warm.... And it seems as if Miles' fingerwork on the banjo entranced the audience."
Roseanne Wasielewski, UWM Leader, 2004