Hilarie Burhans (Queen of Burhania) / by Cameron DeWhitt

Welcome to Get Up in the Cool: Old Time Music with Cameron DeWhitt and Friends! This week’s friend is clawhammer banjoist, restaurateur, and queen of Burhania, Hilarie Burhans. We recorded this episode at the Brandywine Revival Festival, and I’m really excited for you to hear it! Hilarie is one of my very favorite humans; she’s charming and generous and hilarious, and I think she’s responsible in no small part for the quality of the culture of Old Time Music, which is mostly why I play, so I feel a lot of gratitude and respect for her.

Oh, and Hilarie Burhans is badass at the banjo. She’s one of the best. Her rhythm is unstoppable, her tone is incredible, and the way she adapts fiddle melodies to the banjo, I think, makes her one of the musically wisest players in the old time community. You have to have a real insight into what makes a tune special to make it sing on the banjo the way Hilarie can.  

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Tunes we’ll play:
Cumberland Gap
Avalon Quickstep
Squirrel Hunters
Jeff Sturgeon
Missing You All the Way Home
Bonus Track: Jane and Hilarie’s Tune