In 2010 five string banjo wizard Noam Pikelny was awarded the first Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Pikelny credits the Old Town School of Folk Music and MD with getting him started on the path of five string banjo mastery.
Last month, Pikelny was in Lexington KY for an appearance on the WoodSongs Old Time Radio hour with host Michael Johnathon.
"I was growing up in Chicago," Pikelny said, "and as soon as I decided to learn the banjo I started taking lessons at the Old Town School of Folk Music from a guy named Mark Dvorak, who is a wonderful banjo player, guitar player and folksinger. He really opened up my ears to the world of great folk banjo that had been going on in Chicago for years, guys like Fleming Brown and Stephen Wade, and I was mostly existing in that world, I was playing claw hammer when I started. "
You can watch the entire show online at www.woodsongs.com click on archives show # 648.