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Fingerstyle guitar with Darol Anger on violin 

 

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FIRST 50 SONGS
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"Highly recommended….an exhilarating, musical and multi-dimensional journey….a provocative political and social history of America." 
     - Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

From Senegal to Seeger is Michael J. Miles' acclaimed one-man show featuring musical and written works of Pete Seeger, Carl Sandburg, Woody Guthrie, Walt Whitman, Johann Sebastian Bach, Mark Twain and others.

 

Protest, passion, politics, poetry -- the banjo is the voice of the people, and From Senegal to Seeger unshackles that voice. From Senegal to Seeger is a journey into Americana -- a social and political portrait of America through the eyes of the banjo.

 

In this 90 minute tour-de-force Michael performs on seven banjos, playing music that spans 300 years and charts the transformation of the banjo from an African instrument to the quintessential expression of the American voice.

 

 

Protest songs, fiddle tunes, minstrel sounds -- a dazzling array of banjo playing forms the backbone of From Senegal to Seeger, but it is the poetic words of participants and Michael's masterfully woven narrative that complete this portrait of the American experience.

 

Michael has performed this critically acclaimed one man musical documentary in a wide variety of venues over the past 15 years including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington and the Kennedy Center.

 

“...this is enough to make me want to learn the banjo all over again.”     - Pete Seeger

 

Michael plays ancient banjos from Senegal & modern banjos from America.
 

Oh Susanah & Carl Sandburg's, The People Yes. Carl Sandburg's poetry and portraits of America greatly informed the songs created by Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger.  
 

Union Maid & Pete Seeger's HUAC Testimony. For this testimony, Pete was found guilt of 10 counts of contempt of Congress.  Instead of 5th amendment silence, he chose 1st Amendment free speech. The charges were dropped 5 years later, but he was still blacklisted for a long, long time.  


Michael demonstrates and talks about this remarkable instrument.   It is made of a simple gourd, one long strip of wood, and 5 strings.