2021 Bio/ Mary Z. Cox
Two-time Florida & North Carolina banjo champion, Mary Z. Cox, has played banjo since she was 12 and has been a recording artist since 1999. She’s recorded 11 CDs, plays concerts & festivals, gives workshops, and authors banjo & dulcimer books. Her music’s been played on National Public Radio’s, “Thistle & Shamrock”, “All Songs Considered,” Pandora World Music Genome, & the BBC. She’s taught clawhammer banjo for over a decade at the John C. Campbell Folk School as well as camps & festivals nationwide, including the Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby, NC, Cal Tech, Priceless Festival in California, Monticello Opera House, Gebhard Woods Festival & the Florida Folk Festival.
Craig Evans, videographer & interviewer for the popular DVD series “Conversations With Old Time Performers” says Mary Z was included in this historical project because of her prolific recordings & instruction books & energetic hands-on instruction, which have helped thousands of folks around the world become better banjoists and musicians.
Many folks know Mary Z for her “Good Morning Banjo” & “Good Morning Dulcimer” videos on FaceBook & YouTube where she posts impromptu banjo & mountain dulcimer videos from unexpected places in the United States and around the globe. Others know her from the 2016 & 2017 Banjo Babes Calendar & compilation CD.
Mary Z is the 1st Place winner in the 2020 Deep South Dulcimer Contest in Mississippi, a 1st place Florida mountain