An American Folk Music Jamboree

January 20, 2022
Jamboree performance

Robert P. George, Director of the James Madison Program and McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and Daniel Miner, M.D.

Join us for a community performance of folk music! The performance will be facilitated by Robert P. George and feature students from his Wintersession course, "Don't Think Twice! A Folk Music Jamboree." This evening event will be an opportunity for participants to showcase what they've learned. 

This event will take place on Zoom, please register here to attend.

Robby George hails from West Virginia, where little boys are issued 5-string banjos at birth. Like all banjo players who were trained in the tradition of Appalachian classical music (also known as “bluegrass”), his principal influence was Earl Scruggs. Aficionados also detect in his playing traces of the styles of Don Reno, Ralph Stanley, and Bill Keith. Although a traditionalist, he has been known to sneak a bit of Bela Fleck-style playing into his performances. His guitar playing is in the “thumbpicking” style of Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, and Jerry Reed. In high school, he played with the bluegrass and folk music ensemble known as the “Fresh Air and Simplicity Band.” At Swarthmore College, he led the bluegrass and country band “Robby George and Friends.” In recent years, he has performed country blues and bluegrass with “Blue Heart” and all sorts of different styles of music with his pal Professor Michael Smith of Princeton’s philosophy department. He is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.

Daniel Miner, M.D. is a radiologist practicing in Exeter, New Hampshire and plays guitar in various ensembles and a variety of styles, including folk, jazz, rock, and bluegrass. He has been involved in many performances and recording projects over the years. He and Robby George played together as students at Swarthmore College.



Cosponsored by:

  • Wintersession