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By Byrne Bennett
The Record-Times 

Reardan banjoist brings talent to state

Hamilton ranks amongst best locally


Last updated 5/25/2023 at 8:56am

Byrne Bennett

Reardan junior Liam Hamilton twangs his banjo during a recent interview. Hamilton competed in the state banjo competition at the end of April.

REARDAN - The banjo is an intriguing instrument. Its twangy, bright and almost metallic sound can't be ignored, especially when in the hands of local 17-year-old junior Liam Hamilton.

Hamilton was introduced to the banjo at age 10 when he heard a song by Earl Scruggs on the radio. Shortly thereafter, his parents Andy and Bernadette purchased one off eBay.

Before Scruggs made the banjo popular with his 1949 hit "Foggy Mountain Breakdown," the five-string instrument was played primarily in traveling minstrel and ragtime shows.

Thanks to the inspiration of Scruggs and hours of practice, Ham...

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