Clawhammer Banjo Player & Teacher
I've been playing and teaching my driving clawhammer banjo style for more than 40 years. I'm the co-founder of the nationally-touring Hotpoint Stringband, with whom I have recorded five albums, and I've collaborated on too many other musical projects to count! Well over 4000 subscribers enjoy my YouTube banjo teaching channel, and a track from my solo CD was featured on an episode of the acclaimed HBO series Deadwood. I won the Ohio State Banjo Contest nine times, and am very proud to have placed in the contests at the Appalachian Stringband Festival (Clifftop) a number of times (3rd in Banjo, and First Place in both the Traditional Band and NeoTraditional Band contests.)
I love teaching banjo, and especially love working with beginners and with folks making the transition from learning note-by-note from an instructor or tablature to learning tunes from recordings or "on the fly" at jams. Check out my lessons page for more info.
I live in Athens, Ohio, and am lucky to be the wife of a fiddler (Mark Burhans) and also the mother of a fiddler (Ry Burhans.) I grew up in Arizona, Wisconsin, Karachi Pakistan, Massachusetts, Addis Ababa Ethiopia, and then, after 9th grade, moved to the college town Athens in the Appalachian part of Ohio. I feel deeply rooted here but have not lost my love for travel, and have dragged a banjo with me to India, Nepal, Australia, Costa Rica, Portugal, England, France and Germany, and have taught banjo workshops in many of those countries.