Holiday News 2021

Whats ahead in 2022 ?

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays  to my friends, family, banjo buddies & dulcimer pals,

Wow!  December 15th and the end of 2021 is rushing ahead.  First of all my holiday special is good from today till January 15th :)

Hope Everyone is safe and well & sorry I’m so late with my holiday special.

Our favorite holiday CD is “Banjo Dreamin’ Suwanee Nights”  which is a winter holiday instrumental recording on banjo and guitar.  Still have a few hard copy CDs left and of course it is available for download on Spotify, Bandcamp, Itunes , Pandora & many other digital sources. 

If you order any CDS or Tab books (Banjo or dulcimer ) between now and January 15  2022--I will include a free bonus code for the digital version of “Banjo Dreamin Suwannee Nights "

Banjo Dreamin’ Suwanee Nights Tab Book for clawhammer banjo is also available on my website. 

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 Banjo Dreamin Suwanee Nights is on Bandcamp for your listening pleasure.

https://maryzcox.bandcamp.com/album/banjo-dreamin-suwannee-nights

 

During the Pandemic many mountain dulcimer friends have kept in touch--but really don’t know about my mountain dulcimer instruction book or dulcimer centric CDs

We realize that it is difficult to sort out the banjo cds from the mountain dulcimer ones--so here  is what is available.

 

  1. Chickens Crowin at Midnight--has mountain dulcimer on every track--but yes there is banjo, fiddle, guitar and bass sometimes chiming in too. We made this CD over 20 years ago and folks are still requesting these versions of many of the tunes.  There are a few hard copy left, but once they are gone--it will only be digital.  If you have wanted to collect this early album--please go ahead and order--it may not be available next Christmas.

 

  1. The Adventures of Ducimer Dawg  also has dulcimer on every track--but lots of other instruments and is pretty wonderful to listen to in your car or home.  It has the added plus of one vocal track by our old basset hounds Elvis and Priscilla (RIP) Our new basset pup (Charley) does not yet howl--so don’t know when we will have another hound dog vocal. Several folks who have bought the CD wrote to tell us that it is their dog’s favorite recording :)

 

  1. String Band Method for the Mountain Dulcimer book with downloadable instruction recording. These are some of my favorite string band and mountain tunes on the dulcimer and the downloadable play along recording has lots of insider tips and slow and medium play a long versions for these DAD tunes.     If you don’t already have this book & recording--we highly recommend it.  

 

 I’m about halfway through writing a new dulcimer book and it will have more tunings and more tunes and a few singing songs too--but it won’t have all the beginner instruction like my first one. If you order String Band Method for the Mountain Dulcimer now and work through it--you will be ready for the new book :)

 

Upcoming in 2022. 

 Have so been wanting to record a new CD--but being mostly home bound and not having a current studio to record in made it seem like something far in the future--but I’ve been learning all kinds of new songs & tunes anyway & as luck would have it--Boston fiddler, Cameron Freer flew in for a weekend of very fun shows at the Blue Tavern & Northside Stage in Tallahassee& everyone was so good about recording some quality sound files live--We believe that there will be a live recording coming of banjo, fiddle, mountain dulcimer and vocals coming sometime in 2022.

 If you were at either of these live shows--you know its gonna be a really fun an listenable recording.  There will even be some fiddle/mountain dulcimer duets live--which is pretty rare in the folk world.

More about it after the first of the year.  

 

There are some cell phone quality videos up on my Youtube site for a sneak peek at some of the music.

 

Family news.  Got to report that this year has been blessed with a granddaughter, Violet--who is possibly the happiest, laughing most beautiful baby we’ve ever seen. We are looking forward to playing with her and holding her at Christmas. She wil be 11 months then & is already walking holding on to everything.

 

Bob & I also got a wonderful basset hound last March-Charley-- and he has kept Bob & I laughing all year. His personality is very different than Elvis.  He is sweet and friendly --is always telling us exactly what he wants. He goes to bed every night at 9 pm--but likes to sleep late.  He super loves dog parks and running with the big dogs.  He regularly has encounters with our rhumba & has formed a military type unit with his stuffed animals--Charley in the middle & Snuggle Puppy & Hedgehog on the flanks to block the rhumba from going into any of the spaces Charley has staked out as his own.

 

We are looking forward to a new year in 2022--hopefully with more live music and travel & hope to see and visit with many of our friends and family as it becomes safer.

 

Thank you everyone for your support and please do contact me to let me know how you are doing and if you are safe and well.   I do keep a public page with lots of current pix and videos on Facebook--so feel free to visit and say hello.

 

Love and blessings and may we all be picking and singing and laughing with our favorite banjos under a clear blue sky,

 

Mary Z. Cox & Bob Cox  & Charley too

 

 

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Adventures of Dulcimer Dawg arrived last night and your orders are packed & I'm off to the post office in mask & gloves ! Its not too late to order

Winning the Deep south Mountain Dulcimer championships in February made me get all inspired to put a new mountain dulcimer CD together & its a limited edition--only 100 copies & got 100 digital copies too for those special folks who have pre ordered.   Its always exciting for me to see who's ordering and where they are from.  Here are the states so far. Michigan, Indiana, Maine, Wisconsin, California, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia,Florida, Nebraska, Washington State, Tennessee--with the most orders coming in from California & Washington State :)  Thank you --thank you everyone for your kind support.  As soon as the 100 copies are sold--I'll be loading the digital version on Bandcamp, itunes, spotify, pandora and all your favorite streaming copies.  It will take sales on about 100 hard copy to pay for the production & artwork and getting it out there--so as you know most live venues have been cancelled--so I really appreciate everyone who preorders--because you are financing a fine & really fun instrumental cd that is great for playing around the house while everyone is homesteading it :)

Winning the Deep south Mountain Dulcimer championships in February made me get all inspired to put a new mountain dulcimer CD together & its a limited edition--only 100 copies & got 100 digital copies too for those special folks who have pre ordered. Its always exciting for me to see who's ordering and where they are from. Here are the states so far. Michigan, Indiana, Maine, Wisconsin, California, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia,Florida, Nebraska, Washington State, Tennessee--with the most orders coming in from California & Washington State :) Thank you --thank you everyone for your kind support. As soon as the 100 copies are sold--I'll be loading the digital version on Bandcamp, itunes, spotify, pandora and all your favorite streaming copies. It will take sales on about 100 hard copy to pay for the production & artwork and getting it out there--so as you know most live venues have been cancelled--so I really appreciate everyone who preorders--because you are financing a fine & really fun instrumental cd that is great for playing around the house while everyone is homesteading it :)

 Gonna be banjos, birthdays, Valentines, Mountain, Irish & chocolate cake fun !

Gonna be banjos, birthdays, Valentines, Mountain, Irish & chocolate cake fun !

Wishing you happy holidays & An extraordinary New Year ! 

Hey--its not too late to contact Dream Guitars & procure one of the most beautiful banjos ever crafted for your "banjo loved one " Or if you are a banjo loved one & didn't get the banjo you wanted for the holidays--treat yourself--you won't regret it :)

Banjos, dulcimers, apples, pumpkins, snowdrops :) 

 

Banjos, dulcimers, apples, pumpkins, turkeys, snowdrops once in a blue moon news 

Happy autumn & winter holidays to friends, family & music lovers.   2019 has been a busy and wonderful year at the Cox house and I just realized that if I don’t write my “once in a blue moon” newsletter now—the year will be gone and the new year will totally take over 

Banjo Bluegrass, Blues & Beyond coming up.

 

  1. North Carolina Banjo Clinic November 7, 8, 9. 2019 Black mountain NC.

There is a whole line up of wonderful…

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Got No Use For a Banjo Man Review Sept 2019 

https://www.carolinacountry.com/extras/carolina-music/got-no-use-for-a-banjo-man

Mary Z. sings succinctly and poignantly of having no use for banjos or their players, nor fiddles, guitars and mandolins — because they only play sad songs. This ironic tune is one of 15 original and traditional songs on this accomplished musician’s latest CD, “Carolina Banjo.”

She’s joined on the album by other skillful western North Carolina musicians, specifically NC champion fiddler Tim Gardner (guitar and fiddle), Darren…

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Carolina Banjo Review in Bluegrass Today :) 

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Post navigation  Previous Post Carolina Banjo – Mary Z Cox Posted on June 14, 2019 By Lee Zimmerman

Mary Z Cox’s latest entry, Carolina Banjo, opens with the rousing strains of Foggy Mountain Clawhammer and never lets up in terms of its freewheeling finesse. 

The fact that Cox’s main instrument of choice is banjo, the otherwise alluring Got No Use for a Banjo Manseems to make a statement of sorts, one…

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New Banjo Shoes 2019 :) 

Home again from the 2019 Florida Folk Festival & it was awesome & thank you to everyone who came out to see my shows in the 100 degree + weather & got copies of my new Carolina Banjo CD & Carolina Banjo Tab Book.  For folks who may be visiting the Stephen Foster State Park this summer--there are copies of the new CD & Book available onsite in the air conditioned Thelma Bolton Gift Shop :)

MOUNTAIN DULCIMER PLAYERS :) The gift shop is again stocked with my mountain dulcimer instructional book & CD "Easy…

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Florida Folk Festival 2019 

FLORIDA FOLK FESTIVAL 2019 ! 

Here is when & where I'll be playing--please come out to hear me--lots of fun new songs & tunes :) Please remember that I'm bringing my new cd--Carolina Banjo & hopefully will have the new tab book done too. :)  

Friday May 24

2pm--Jam Tent

Ukulele strum & sing--this is for everyone who has a uke. Not a workshop--we'll be a strumming & singing together--come with your uke & voice tuned & I'll bring some cool uke songs for us to strum and sing.

4:30 pm Tower Stage (Going to…

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Carolina Banjo Valentine :) 

 

Banjo, bluegrass, blues & beyond ! Carolina Banjo is what happens when 2-time Florida & North Carolina banjo champion,
Mary Z Cox & Champion North Carolina fiddler, Tim Gardner, get together in October in the Carolina Mountains and record. And this time, Darren Nicholson dropped by the studio—adding that high lonesome bluegrass patina on mandolin & guitar.  If that weren't enough—MaryZ's new Goldtone baritone banjo debuts with deep slinky tones, and Cindy Carpenter adds her just right vocal …Read more