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St. Clair Productions presents Tony Trischka
Tony Trischka's most recent recording “Territory" explores a variety of banjo sounds and traditions.Photo courtesy of James Porto

Banjo virtuoso Tony Trischka taps the creative potential of his all-American instrument. The longtime, New York-based musician has been dubbed by Billboard as "one of the most impressive banjoists alive," by Time Magazine as an "urban bluegrass whiz" and by The New York Times as "the godfather of what's sometimes called new acoustic music."

Trischka and his band, Territory, featuring guitarist Brandon Rickman, fiddler Tashina Clarridge and bassist Skip Ward, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at the Unitarian Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Local bluegrass trio Rainy and the Rattlesnakes will open the show.

If you go

Who: Tony Trischka

When: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16

Where: Unitarian Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland

Tickets: $20 in advance, $22 at the door, $10 for teens and free for kids 11 and younger

Call: 541-535-3562

The Grammy-nominated artist will present a mix of bluegrass, jazz, old-time, pop, classical, Celtic and original music.

Over his 40-year career, Trischka has performed in numerous projects, recorded dozens of albums, taught banjo (one of his students was Bela Fleck), coordinated music for the Broadway show "The Robber Bridegroom" and collaborated on the soundtrack for "Driving Miss Daisy."

In 2007, he recorded "Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular," featuring Earl Scruggs, Fleck, Steve Martin and other luminaries. The album was awarded International Bluegrass Music Awards for Album of the Year, Recorded Event of the Year and Banjo Player of the Year. Trischka appeared on David Letterman's "The Late Show" and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

Tickets cost $20 in advance and are available at Music Coop in Ashland and or by calling 541-535-3562. Tickets will cost $22 at the door, $10 for teens. Kids 11 and younger get in free.

In addition to the concert, Trischka will offer a banjo workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Unitarian. The cost is $35, and registration is available at or by calling 541-535-3562.

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