The autoharpers are to be part of the Americana Festival
'Courses & Workshops: Autoharp Workshops with Mike Fenton
12noon-5pm Drop-in workshops and performances will be offered throughout the afternoon on this uniquely American instrument. If you've ever wanted to play an autoharp - or even just wondered what one is - then come along and give it a try. No registration required.'
Of course the autoharp is not an 'uniquely American' instrument. But it has become a sort of folk instrument in the USA, partly because of its association with the Carter family.
Our slow jam organiser Bob Ebdon has created a Carter family songbook for the occasion.
For more on Bob Ebdon see
For more on Mike Fenton see
For more on the UK Autoharp Association see
I seem to have signed myself up for a little display. I am a bit worried. I am not a natural soloist. This damnable shyness of mine...
Might try to do some Woody Guthrie - Americana, surely?
It's the 100th anniversary of his birth - 1912-2012
Here is Wilco's version of The Jolly Banker