The Librarian at the Banjo Institute

Below is a huge (4-foot long) photo of the famous Tennessee Banjo Institute, held in 1992, at which Dena Epstein lectured. She recalls being one of the few people without a banjo in their hands.

Here is a photo closeup of her behind John Hartford.

Dena Epstein behind John Hartford at TBI 1992.

Dena’s work inspired the TBI, which brought together the whole world of banjoists, including, for the first time, African pluked lute players, minstrel historians and the hottest bluegrass pickers from Nashville. Dena is the subject of my film THE LIBRARIAN AND THE BANJO.

Here is a link to the panoramic photo. When it opens, click to zoom in.