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Writers LIVE! Kristina Gaddy

Kristina Gaddy will explore the roots of the banjo and the role it has played in Black rituals and rebellion.  The instrument, conceived in the 17th century by enslaved people of African descent, was carried to the Americas and later appropriated in the 19th century.   Its origins were subsequently forgotten as it was enveloped into jazz, bluegrass, and country music.  Kristina Gaddy will be joined in conversation by award-winning musician and scholar Jake Blount.    

A performance by folk music band Silo, Seth Swingle and Fiona Balestrieri, will precede the author program starting at 6:30pm.   

Kristina Gaddy is the author of Flowers in the Gutter: The True Story of the Edelweiss Pirates, Teenagers Who Resisted the Nazis.   Her writing has appeared in several publications including The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun

Jake Blount is an award-winning musician and scholar, who has received the Steve Martin Banjo Prize and is a two-time winner of the Appalachian String Band Music Festival.   His first solo album, Spider Tales, debuted at #2 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart in 2020.   His forthcoming album, The New Faith, will be released on September 23, 2022. 

Silo,  Seth Swingle and Fiona Balestrieri, combine fiddle, flute, banjo, voice and percussive dance in their performances. 

  • This FREE event will be presented in-person and virtually.   
  • To attend in person we strongly encourage you to register here
  • Free parking vouchers are available to program attendees who park at the Franklin Street Garage (15 W. Franklin Street) after 4pm.  Ask Pratt event staff for your parking voucher prior to or after the program. 
  • Books for sale provided by Atomic Books

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To join virtually visit the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Facebook or Youtube page.

Tuesday, October 4 at 7:00pm

Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

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Book Discussions, Writers LIVE!, Black History, Virtual Event

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