Banjo's African roots explored at Md. conference

 Players and scholars of 19th century American banjo music are gathering at the Antietam National Battlefield for a weekend of performances and presentations.
   The annual Antietam Early Banjo Conference begins Friday at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum near Keedysville.
   The event includes a screening of a film about the American music librarian who documented the banjo's African origins.
   Saturday's agenda includes a presentation about minstrel show music followed by a concert that is open to the public.
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