Larry Unger’s Musical Mischief on April 1

On April Fool’s Day, we’re thrilled to welcome Larry Unger, the consummate dance musician, prolific composer, and more. He’ll do a workshop, concert, and jam session —“Musical Mischief with Larry Unger” — on Friday, April 1, at the Bazz (Basil Burwell Community Theater), 17 Court St in Belfast. 5:30 doors open, 6:00 pm start.

Larry Unger on Banjo at Renoir’s Boating Party

Larry has been a full-time musician for nearly 40 years, and his stellar guitar work (with Nat Hewitt’s fiddling) launched the Flying Shoes contra dance in 2005. Over the years, Larry returned many times to Belfast, most often with Notorious.

He has played music all over the world and has written over 5000 tunes. Larry’s compositions are widely played for dances, and are featured in four Ken Burns documentaries. (Plus, Door County #2 was played on the Grand Ole Opry and That Schoenberg Rag was performed by the San Luis Obispo Symphony Orchestra!)

Playing Harp Guitar at the Twisted Tree in Lincoln MA

Larry likes to play unusual instruments such as jaw harp, fretless banjo, and harp guitar (above). For this special April Fools Day musicians’ workshop, Larry’s natural affinity for musical mischief will complement his well-honed teaching skills. [Bonus: Larry teaches private lessons on banjo & guitar, and we asked him to do a popup music studio while he’s here. To book Larry for a class, get in touch directly about schedule and rates – [email protected]]

Following the workshop, Larry will present a solo concert, featuring finger-style blues guitar, old-time banjo, his original waltzes and fiddle tunes, and plenty of stories about the origins of his music and the people he learned from. The evening concludes with an All Comers Band jam session, open to musicians of all ages, experience levels, and instruments. Attendees who don’t play an instrument are invited to enjoy listening from their seats.

Sliding scale admission is $5-20 per person. All attendees must wear a mask. Our updated BFS Public Health Policy is here.

Sittin’ on Top of the World (Playing Banjo)