Playing mountain music: David Holt on

Posted by: Tedstaff

Folk musician and storyteller David Holt plays the banjo and shares photographs and old wisdom from the Appalachian Mountains. He also demonstrates some unusual instruments like the mouth bow — and a surprising electric drum kit he calls “thunderwear.” (Recorded March 2004 in Monterey, California. Duration: 25:31.)

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Comments (3)

  • Jenny Hopper commented on Apr 22 2009

    I have been following Holt for some time, he is truely a inspiration to anyone who see him and understands him. Awesome guy !

  • Martin Shadwell commented on Jan 15 2009

    Very uplifting. If I’m honest I’ve always been a fan of the Banjo. David Holt has a very interesting story to tell, imagine finishing college and coming home to tell your parents you wanted to be a banjo player. Crazy.

  • Robert Koopman commented on Mar 8 2009

    A very talented musician, and what a nice story Holt has too.