Banjo Extravaganza

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Banjo Extravaganza

Trace the roots of the banjo from its beginning in Africa to its well-recognized modern-day cousin.

Did you know that the banjo originated in Africa?  Come to Hagood Mill on July 19th and enjoy banjo tunes and traditional sounds of West Africa as we present Kora player, Diali Cissokho. 


Born in Mbour, Senegal, Diali Cissokho hails from a long line of Manding griots, or jalis. In West Africa, griots have served as historians, praise singers, advisors, and storytellers, carrying generations of tradition and culture. It was Cissokho’s family who inspired him to take up the kora, a twenty-one-stringed African instrument made from gourd, cow skin, and fishing line. His grandfather was famed korist Lalo Keba Drame, who toured internationally in the 1960s. Some describe the instrument’s sound as a mix of harp and banjo, a delicate balance of sweetness and twang. Love led Cissokho to immigrate to the United States in 2010 after meeting his wife Hilary, a native of Pittsboro, North Carolina, where the couple currently lives with their son.

Check out Diali and with his band, “Kaira Ba” in the link below.

Our Friday evening program will also include a viewing of world traveler and banjo musician, Andy Eversole’s latest documentary “Banjo Earth – Mexico”.

Banjo Earth is a music and video project created by multi-instrumentalist, singer, and composer Andy Eversole. With each project, he travels to a different country in search of the folk music of past, present, and future, creating cross-cultural music collaborations. In an age where we are continuously told reasons why and how we are so different from each other, and why we should be suspicious of our neighbors, Banjo Earth comes as a peacemaking effort. By building bridges with other cultures and reaching out in an effort for communal creativity, Eversole is a musical and spiritual explorer, showing that the things that we have in common far outweigh our differences. So pack your bags, open your heart, feel the music, and join us on the Banjo Earth journey! 

Check out the link below for more information about Banjo Earth.

On Saturday, July 20, we will continue to explore the sounds of the banjo with more performances by Diali Cissokho, Andy Eversol, Owen Grooms, Lilly Svrlinga, Bob Buckingham, and Ayden Chappell.

Chuck Beattie will also be performing on his claw hammer banjo during the day.  You won’t want to miss this extraordinary weekend as we celebrate the history of the banjo!

We love Hagood Mill! This is a great place to bring the family for a day of affordable fun! Enjoy live music, food, merchants, + more and I'm sure you will love it as much as we do!

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Join us on “Third Saturdays” at Hagood Mill Historic Site for a day filled with history, entertainment, culture, and the great outdoors. Whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover, or simply seeking a delightful weekend family-fun adventure, this monthly event offers an unforgettable experience in a setting steeped in Southern charm. Come be a part of the tradition!

Enjoy a day of fun at our historic Hagood Mill while you shop local merchants, watch demonstrations, and relax on our beautiful 55+ acre site. Enjoy great eats from our local featured foodtrucks or shop our mercantile for one-of-a-kind treasures and gifts! 

Our fresh ground-milled products are available for purchase or purchase ahead of time to pickup at our third saturday events. 

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Come celebrate the sweet sounds of the South at Hagood Mill’s Banjo Extravaganza – it’s gonna be a good ol’ time for everyone! 

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