Tony Triscka and Steve Martin are teaming up for a major television documentary called "The Banjo Project" to chronicle the journey of the banjo from it's African roots to the 21st century. The Banjo Project is a cross-media cultural odyssey: a major television documentary, a live stage/multi-media performance, and a website that chronicle the journey of America’s quintessential instrument—the banjo.
It’s a collaboration between Emmy-winning writer-producer Marc Fields and banjo virtuoso Tony Trischka (the Project’s Music Director), one of the most acclaimed acoustic musicians of his generation.
Narrated by Steve Martin, The Banjo Project television documentary brings together contemporary players in all styles—Earl Scruggs, Pete Seeger, Bela Fleck, Taj Mahal, Don Vappie, Cynthia Sayer, Ralph Stanley, among many others—with folklorists, historians, instrument makers and passionate amateurs to tell the story of America’s instrument in all its richness and diversity.
Fundraising efforts to finish the project are nearing the group's goals but additional funds can be used to enhance the production with better quality archival footage. Donations can be made securely through the project website at: Thebanjoproject
The Banjo Project Trailer from The Banjo Project on Vimeo.