Benny Bleu Haravitch plays old time banjo in the Finger Lakes of upstate New York, perched at the northern terminus of the Appalachian Mountains. Haravitch, a geologist himself, grew up in the region defined by deep lake valleys and steep highlands. This up-and-down is reflected in the local flavor of fiddle tunes, and Benny Bleu’s banjo surely sways with the perpetual oscillation that shapes the Finger Lakes old time sound. His clawhammer banjo playing is like a marching band – the bugle melodies in lock-step with the drum corps. On March of the Mollusk, a new album of meditative banjo tunes, Haravitch holds true to the local tradition and offers a collection of grooves soothing in their dance-like delivery. He invites us to walk with the cadence of a snail through the woods. For only by softening our pace could we hope to answer the conundrum of modern existence together.
Stay tuned for the Amtrak Tours in Fall 2023 and Spring 2024!
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“clawhammer banjo zen session… straight up hypnotic”
“With a somber and introspective tone, the music carries a quiet poignancy that recalls the straight-forward folk ballads of Dave Van Ronk.”
“soft and swaying, breezy, country folk lullabies that blend traditional and contemporary folk feels”
March of the Mollusk reached #12 in the FAI Folk Radio charts for March 2023
‘Lost Goose’ was featured on Putumayo‘s New Folk playlist
4th place finalist in the 2022 Online Old Time Banjo Contest judged by Adam Hurt, Cathy Fink, and Rachel Eddy
1st place in the 2019 Oldtone Banjo Contest and the 2015 Grassroots Banjo Contest
2nd place in the 2018 Northeast Fiddlers Convention Banjo Contest
2017 Greyfox Bluegrass Festival Emerging Artist with The Brothers Blue