Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Friday, August 21, 2015

Cigar box banjo fun :)

Good morning Lousiana Gal :)

Posted by Mary Z Cox on Monday, August 17, 2015

Monday, August 17, 2015

Blue Sky Banjo CD & Tab book 2015 & more

Wow--been a long time since I visited this blog ! 2015 has been crazy busy--but fun & wonderful & lots of banjo :)
Finished my latest cd which is both vocal & banjo & good listening.  Also--there is a banjo tab book 2 go with it --and even have a few cover art posters too. :)
Take a look & listen on my website if you'd like :)

Very pleased to be a part of  Smithsonion Folkways' "Conversations With Old Time Performers, Vol II"  It's available for order now from Craig Frailin' Evans on his thread on Banjo Hangout.

Also pleased to be part of the 2016 Banjo Babes Calendar & Cd.  

Here's the link 2 the order page 

Thanks 2 everyone who has helped & supported me this last year. 
I've been trying to update videos of recent concerts & even informal videos--here's one from last month in the Cradle of Forestry as part of the Songcatcher series.

Monday, February 03, 2014

Lots of fun banjo events coming up this yearn 2014.  Check the calendar on my website for more info.
Hope to see you soon :)

Friday, May 17, 2013

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Stephen Foster State Park

Bob & Mary Z. Cox

White Springs Florida USA
Come join us at the 61st annual Florida Folk Festival on Memorial Day weekend, 2013 !
Here is where we'll be performing :)
Friday, May 25 --Old Marble Stage--4:00 PM
Saturday, May 26--Azalea Stage--11:30 AM
Sunday, May 27--Under the Oaks--4:30 PM
Also will be teaching a mountain dulcimer workshop and leading a jam
Friday, May 25--2:00 PM, workshop I, Stretching with the dulcimer/Mary Z Cox
Saturday May 26--2:00Pm, jam tent, Dulcimer jam with Bob & Mary Z Cox
Hope to see you there--it's great fun :)
This is a huge 3 day festival with about 10 stages, workshops, arts and crafts, cultural exhibits, dancing-- If you love folk music, old time music, delta blues, blue grass , country music, ethnic music of many varieties--try to come--the food vendors are awesome too :)

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Banjo at John C Campbell coming in April !

Here is a fun class coming up for all those folks
who are past students or folks who can
 already play and have the basics down
and want to charge ahead with more technique
and new tunes :) The JC Campbell School is
a wonderful place for a banjo get together!
If you've been thinking about coming to one
 of my classes here--and you are not a beginner
--please do--we are
going to have a really good time !

Please sign up early as the best housing goes first :)
Date: Sunday, Apr 7 - Friday, Apr 12, 2013

Subject: Music Instructor: Mary Z. Cox

Share: Eager to drop-thumb with the right hand
and creep up the neck on the first and second strings
 like the old-time banjo players?
 If you already frail and can play a few clawhammer
banjo tunes, but would like to strengthen your
right- and left-hand technique while learning new
 tunes, join us for a very hands-on class to stretch
your playing. We may even try a waltz, and sing
while playing a tune, too! Levels 3 & 4
 (Can play 10 or more tunes, perhaps not up to tempo,
but you feel very comfortable with the instrument.)
Prior to registering, please read our General Information and Policies.

Here's the link to the page:


Here's the phone number : 1.800.FOLK.SCH (365.5724)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hello Friends & Family,

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are looking forward to Christmas and New Year with your loved ones.

Thank you very much to everyone that has ordered my banjo and dulcimer cds and tab books this year. :)

And thank you to everyone who has written to tell us how much they are enjoying them--it really makes all the hours and days we spend recording and writing worthwhile to know they are appreciated. :)

I am offering a special holiday bonus this year to encourage you to buy music from a small indie artist (me) instead of the big commercial producers. :)

Happy Holidays bonus from today until December 15, 2011.

Order any combination of 3 cds or tab books directly from my website and receive a copy of "Banjo Dreamin' Suwannee Nights" CD--absolutely free as my holiday gift to you. This is our cd that we recorded to sound like drifting down the Suwannee River on a starry winter's night. If you already own it--you know that it makes a wonderful Christmas gift for your friends who love good acoustic music. :)

Many folks have written over the years to say this is their favorite of our cds. It is very pretty, with many fine tunes, and if you already have it--you know it has a winter holiday feel to it--and I'd like you to be able to enjoy it this winter if you don't already have it. :)

Just click to my website--any orders that arrive with 3 or more cds/and or books, before December 15, 2011--I'll include a copy of Banjo Dreamin Suwannee Nights. :)


Also, several people have written asking for T-shirts with the "Girl With the Banjo Tattoo" CD cover on them.

They are now available at Cafe Press.


2011 has been a wonderful year for us as we continue to be blessed with good music, fun and loving family and friends, lower blood pressure and cholesteral :), fun festivals, and somewhat good basset hounds. (hey--they turned over all the trash cans in the house the other day.)

To banjo friends--Thanks to banjo builders, Lo Gordon (Cedar Mountain Banjos), & John Bowlin (John Bowlin 1865 fretless) for including my music for their interviews on the DVD series that Craig Evans is producing on independent American banjo builders. I've seen parts of it and it is awesome. :)

To dulcimer friends--Bob ordered me a Timberhill butterfly dulcimer for Christmas and Paul Conrad (the builder) just takes my breath away with the beautiful intarsia woodworking he did. If you see me this year or next, ask to see it :) Also, I was very pleased to win first place this October at the Transylvania (Brevard,NC) Old Time Music contest. :)

To Cox family-- Bob and I will be hosting Christmas Eve dinner again this year at our home with the extended Cox family and friends. Our daughter, Natalie and son, Gordy, will be joining us here in town, and Sidney will probably join us viA SKYPE from Tokyo. :) We are having the big Greek dinner, so I'm buying Georgia pecans, and our Meyer's Lemon tree is heavy with fruit--so I'll be baking baklava very soon. :)Please email me soon with a head count of how many in your extended family will be attending Christmas Eve dinner and whether or not you would like to do book/movie exchange again this year--or something different?

A very Merry Christmas (and winter holiday to folks who celebrate other traditions).

We hope your New Year is even better than this one!


Mary Z & Bob Cox & Elvis and Priscilla too :)

ps. If you don't want to receive once in a blue moon emails from me--just send me an email and I'll delete you.




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