Banjo player looks to get himself in a jam(session)

South Bethany resident Bob O’Neill is looking for fellow musicians to play bluegrass.

A banjo player and recent retiree to the area, he’d like to see regular jam sessions — that get their name from musicians jamming, or crowding, together — at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion or a local church.

“I thought, with all of the retirees coming into town, there has to be a lot of musicians in that crowd, but we have no vehicle to find each other,” O’Neill said.

“Most jam sessions have 10 to 15 people. Bluegrass is pretty popular music. It’s not country. It has an amazing beat. You have bass, a fiddle, a mandolin, a banjo and couple guitars,” he said about the genre that developed in the 1940s in the Appalachian region.

O’Neill has talked to Dave Baldo, who founded the Millville Mountain Boys band, and was told they rehearse at Baldo’s home every week.

“I expect to meet with him in the next week or two,” O’Neill said.

Anyone interested can call O’Neill at (301) 412-1565.


By Susan Canfora
Staff Reporter