Dom Flemons: The American Songster

GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dom Flemons shares nearly a century of early American folklore and styles, including ragtime, blues, country western, bluegrass, and string band music. Spirited performances on banjo, fife, guitar, harmonica, quills, and rhythm bones illuminate the history and influence of African American musicians.

Dom is incredibly talented and we loved all of the instruments that he brought.

– Lower School Librarian & Assembly Coordinator, Maret School

It was a great performance and the students enjoyed the music.

– Music Teacher, Cedar Lane School (HCPSS)

Dom Flemons is a music scholar, historian, singer-songwriter, record collector, and multi-instrumentalist who is considered an expert on the banjo, fife, guitar, harmonica, percussion, quills, and rhythm bones. His solo work focuses on the African and Caribbean roots of the banjo, the history of popular roots music, Songster styles, and the legacy of African American musicians in country music and rock and roll, as well as their influence on hip-hop culture.

In 2008, he founded the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African American string band that won a GRAMMY for Best Traditional Folk in 2010 and were inducted into the NC Music Hall of Fame. In 2018, he joined the Smithsonian Folkways Label and released a new album, “Black Cowboys”, which is in conjunction with the National Museum of African American History and Culture. His album explores the rich history of African American pioneers and Pullman Porters of the Old West through music, storytelling, poetry, tin type photography, and a 40-page booklet.

Artist’s Website: Dom Flemons The American Songster


The American Songster

GRAMMY winner Dom Flemons shares the music of the early American Songsters, covering nearly a century of folklore and styles, including ragtime, blues, country western, bluegrass, and string band music. Flemons – a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist , and music scholar – illuminates the history and influence of African American musicians through spirited performances on banjo, fife, guitar, harmonica, quills, and rhythm bones.

Single $750/Back-to-back $950


The American Songster Workshop

GRAMMY Winner Dom Flemons – “The American Songster” – leads a workshop exploring the styles, techniques, and history of the early American Songsters. Participants learn songs in a variety of musical styles and explore the deeper African roots of the banjo and rhythm bones. The workshop may also include demonstrations of hand games, square dances, call and responses, hambone, banjo, guitar, jug, harmonica techniques, and panpipes, culminating in an impromptu jam session.

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Fees are for daytime school programs in Maryland, Washington, DC and Northern Virginia only.

Evening, weekend, and non-school fees differ – please contact us.

Additional travel fees apply.

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