Bluegrass & Traditional Country Music Society of Australia (BTCMSA)

Blackwood Academy of Bluegrass & Old-Time Music

Sydney Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Get-together

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Adam Hurt, Beth Hartness, Stephanie Coleman

Adam Hurt is an amazing young clawhammer banjo player whom The Washington Post described as a 'banjo virtuoso'. He has placed in or won most of the major old-time banjo championships, including the prestigious Clifftop (the Appalachian Stringband Music Convention), Mount Airy and Galax conventions. He's also won many state banjo and fiddle championships. Adam's recorded material covers a diversity of traditional Appalachian music, from Round Peak standards, through stringband rags, Bill Monroe and Ed Haley tunes. His recent recording, 'Earth Tones' consist entirely of tunes played on the gourd banjo. Adam is a repected teacher of traditional music, having conducted banjo workshops at a range of venues in the US and in other countries.


Adam's CD ‘Perspective’ (released in 2009) features his innovative banjo playing of traditional music, with support from Beth Hartness (guitar) and Stephanie Coleman (fiddle).

Beth Williams Hartness is a native of North Carolina who taught herself to play guitar and began singing when she was twelve years old, eventually focusing on fingerstyle guitar. During the 1980’s, Beth began going to fiddlers conventions where she discovered that her style of guitar playing resembled some of the Round Peak players in Surry County, such as Paul Sutphin and Chester McMillan - who became her mentor. Beth has been a member of several award-winning stringbands, including the Moonshine Monsters and the Lightnin' Bugs, both first-place winners of the traditional band competition at Clifftop. Her playing is featured on several recordings, among which are two-finger banjo player Marvin Gaster's Rounder release, the second installment of the Young Fogies anthology and the Clifftop tribute CD.

Stephanie Coleman has been pretty dedicated to playing fiddle for a long time. When she was only five, Stephanie started going with her father, who is also a fiddler, to old-time music festivals. She settled on the fiddle as her instrument and played through secondary school with the Chicago Barn Dance Company and at local bars and churches. She loves to play for dances and join in jam sessions with her friends and she likes to talk about the history of songs and tunes and their different regional versions. In 2011, Stephanie won third place in fiddle at Clifftop. Stephanie has previously visited Australia in 2010 with ‘Uncle Earle’, the all-female stringband.