Press Release: Bagaduce Music Presents Virtuoso Blues Songster “Blind Boy” Paxton for Concert & Banjo Workshop

For Immediate Release

July 1, 2022

Contact: Teresa Myrwang, Executive Director, Bagaduce Music, teresa@bagaducemusic.org

BAGADUCE MUSIC PRESENTS VIRTUOSO BLUES SONGSTER “BLIND BOY” PAXTON FOR CONCERT & BANJO WORKSHOP 

BLUE HILL, MAINE – For the second year in a row, Bagaduce Music will present the songster and bluesman, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton in a concert on Thursday, July 14th and a Banjo Workshop on Friday, July 15th in Blue Hill. The Thursday night concert is a fundraiser for Bagaduce Music, with a 6pm reception preceding the concert at the Priors’ residence and quarry in Blue Hill. The following day’s 4pm Banjo Workshop will take place at the Bagaduce Music Performance Hall. 

These events will feature music from Bagaduce Music’s sheet music collection, including folk, jazz, and blues tunes. The workshop will provide the community with the opportunity to learn from the multifaceted Paxton. The concert venue in Blue Hill, an abandoned stone quarry that has been transformed into an outdoor performance space, has hosted concerts for more than 100 years.

Born in an African American and Jewish family with Creole/Choctaw ancestry and sharecropper roots, Jerron Paxton performs worldwide on banjo, guitar, piano, fiddle, harmonica, and percussion and his extraordinary talent landed him on the cover of Living Blues magazine in 2012. Legally blind since childhood, Paxton is an entertainer at heart, who, through wit, poeticism, and the gift of storytelling, transforms traditional jazz, blues, folk and country into present-day relevance.

According to Will Friedwald in The Wall Street Journal, Paxton is “virtually the only music-maker of his generation — playing guitar, banjo, piano and violin, among other implements — to fully assimilate the blues idiom of the 1920s and ’30s, the blues of Bessie Smith and Lonnie Johnson.”

Paxton will be joined by his friend and local musician, Bennett Konesni, director of The Worksongs Project, based in MidCoast Maine. Bennett describes his music as, “A little bit of bluegrass and old-time country music seasoned with sea shanties, farmer’s ballads, field hollers, and lumbering songs.”

This concert is sponsored by the Prior Family Foundation. Fundraiser and workshop tickets are available online at bagaducemusic.org or by calling 374-5454.

Bagaduce Music’s mission is to collect, preserve and lend printed sheet music and to promote the appreciation, knowledge, and performance of music.

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Image Caption: Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton

Image Credit: Bill Steber

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