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 


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 :) 


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 


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