Instructor to Put on Show, Strummin' On the Banjo
Just when you thought you knew about the many talents of CNM faculty, along comes another example that begs to be added to the list. Wayne Shrubsall, an English instructor in the School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences, will be back on stage in Albuquerque for the first time since 2009 with his Really BIGGER Banjo Show.
The performance takes place on June 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the South Broadway Cultural Center, 1025 Broadway SE.
Shrubsall is a scholar of banjo music and history, so the performance will include an informational aspect as well as plenty of picking, strumming, singing and more. In addition to Shrubsall playing in many styles on four and five string banjo, the fare will include some of his friends accompanying him on piano, trombone and banjo uke, a four-stringed instrument that is played like a ukelele but sounds like a banjo. Some of the numbers will present opportunities for sing-alongs, "So the audience will get to be foolish," Shrubsall says.
The music will cover a long history and a wide variety of styles, starting with pre- and post-Civil War minstrel show numbers and abolitionist songs, then moving on to the later 19th century "gilded age" of classical music for banjo, including Beethoven's Minuet in G (transcribed into C), a Spanish fandango, operatic arias and an almost-unknown composition from colonial New Mexico. After an intermission, the program proceeds to the 20th century, featuring compositions in the genres of jazz, ragtime, traditional folk, bluegrass and Dixieland.