Scruggs, Welch at The New Yorker Festival

Earl Scruggs, Gillian Welch and other acoustic-based country musicians will be spotlighted during the sixth annual The New Yorker Festival, which will be held Sept. 23-25 at various locations throughout New York City. Sponsored by The New Yorker magazine, the event includes readings, musical performances, discussions, interviews and excursions. Scruggs, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, will take part in a session billed as “The Great American Banjo,” a conversation and performance conducted by comedian, writer and fellow banjoist Steve Martin. (Martin also played on the 2001 album, Earl Scruggs and Friends, and shared a Grammy with him for their rendition of “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” from that album.) Others banjoists participating are Pete Wernick (formerly with Hot Rize), Tony Ellis (an alumnus of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys) and Charles Wood (winner of the 2005 RockyGrass festival’s banjo contest.) The encounter will take place Sept. 24 at the Directors Guild of America. Appearing at the same location three hours later will be Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.