Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Orrin Starr performs, teaches at Hungry Monk, Feb. 27-28

Posted by T. Ballard Lesemann on Tue, Feb 24, 2009 at 11:40 AM

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Orrin Starr — an award-winning guitar, banjo, and mandolin player, author, and teacher based in Washington D.C. — performs a set of bluegrass and variety at Hungry Monk Music (1948 Belgrade Ave. in West Ashley) at 7:30 p.m. on Fri. Feb. 27. Starr won the 1976 National Flatpicking Championship (the largest bluegrass guitar contest in the country). When he’s not doing solo gigs, he plays with his band Orrin Star & The Sultans of String.

Look for his recordings on Flying Fish Records. Admission for Friday night’s show is $12. An additional private workshop from Starr is set for Sat. Feb. 28 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. as well.

"A mindful teacher is one who has taken the time to analyze the details and nuances of the style(s) of music that he plays, and can explain them coherently and succinctly," Starr says. "He is also aware of his students: their goals and tastes, their trust in him as their guide, their self-consciousness or vulnerability, and their skill levels as players. He neither bores nor overloads them; he tries to challenge and excite. And he enjoys the teaching process as it unfolds."

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