Chuck Levy at Suwannee Banjo Camp

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Today marks our last staff highlight before camp starts! Last but certainly not least, is familiar Floridan, Chuck Levy! Chuck has earned the titles of Florida’s Old-Time Banjo Champion and Old-Time Fiddle Champion, and received both the Thelma Boltin and the Ed Fleming Awards for his contributions to old-time music in Florida. He is equally at home on 5 and 6 string banjos, fretted or fretless, playing clawhammer, two-finger up-picking, and minstrel styles. Chuck is a respected banjo scholar who has visited Senegal and Gambia where he learned to play the akonting (ekonting), a 3-string African banjo ancestor, with Jola master musicians Remi Diatta and Ekona Diatta. His scholarly work has been featured in the Old-Time Herald, Banjo Newsletter, and in the book, Banjo Roots and Branches edited by Robert Winans. Chuck is a former Co-Director of Suwannee Banjo Camp and is active with the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine program as a performer and as Chair of the Advisory Board. Sharpen your technique by studying Old-Time banjo with Chuck. His classes will range in difficulty, including subjects such as Basic Clawhammer, Bob Dylan for Banjo, and many more. See the full class schedule and register for this year's Suwannee Banjo Camp here: