Tonight’s Beginning Bluegrass Jam cancelled

Not due to weather or illness, either of which would be a legitimate cause for cancellation.  Rather, Gene Walton’s family is in town having travelled from points distant and he would like to spend a few more precious hours with them.  The normal schedule will resume in 2018.  HAPPY NEW YEAR from all of us to all of you!

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Last Call for Shoppers – Christmas Eve

As we always have, we maintain Sunday hours between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Today is Christmas Eve and we will be here from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM for you to fill your last minute panic shopping musical needs.  And if you are ahead of the game on shopping, just stop by to talk politics or philosophy or religion or any other non-controversial topic.  And if you don’t make it, have a Merry Christmas or a delightful celebration of whatever observance may be part of your holiday ritual.  And, of course, we wish you all a Happy 2018. Especially you 1%ers.  Be well and thankful all!

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Sunday Shopping next two weeks!

Don’t panic!  The Homestead Pickin’ Parlor provides seven day a week shopping opportunities each year between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  That means two more Sundays, December 17 and December 24, we will be on hand from 12:00 Noon t0 5:00 pm, and it’s usually not that crowded.  So stop in and throw your shopping dilemmas at us.  We’ll get you out of trouble.

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Give The Gift of Folk Music

When you give the gift of music, you give a lifetime of pleasure.  We are here to help you match the perfect gift of music to everyone on your shopping lit.  From a gift certificate that allows the recipient to do their own shopping to the most exquisite for-a-lifetime instrument.   And, of course, there are many stops in between.  Bring us your shopping dilemmas, and we will find the perfect gift for you.  And remember our extended hours on Sunday, this weekend and next.  On December 17 and 24th (Christmas Eve) we will be open from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 pm.  Hope to see you during the holiday season and have a very happy and merry time celebrating your holiday of choice. May you be surrounded by family and friends and have a Happy New Year!homesteadpickinparlorphotos001

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It’s tomorrow, don’t forget

Janet and Greg Deering of The Deering Banjo Company will be on hand at The Homestead Pikin’ Parlor, tomorrow, October 29 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Anyone with an interest in or questions about banjos must be here and nowhere else at that time.  Learn anything you want to know from the owners of the largest U.S banjo maker today.  We will have some snacks for you, refreshments and plenty of door prizes.  Anyone with an active (or dormant) interest in banjo should take advantage of this opportunity to meet with the makers.  Doors open at 2:00.  See you tomorrow!


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Greg & Janet Deering to visit Homestead Pickin’ Parlor

Put Sunday, October 29th on your calendar right now.  In our humble opinion, two of the greatest happenings in the 1970s for acoustic music fans was first the founding of the Deering Banjo Company and secondly the beginning of The Homestead Pickin’ Parlor.  Since that time, Greg and Janet Deering have created the largest domestic builder of banjos and we have remained a faithful Deering dealer.  Their products are flawless and their product line is extensive,  One of the most significant expansions to the Deering catalog which made their banjos available even to beginning players is the Good Time line.

Greg Deering paid us a visit early in our existence and we are delighted to have him & Janet  back.  They are prepared to talk about everything from the founding and growth of the Deering Banjo Company to setting up your banjo for the best performance to selecting your first or next banjo.  October 29 is a Sunday.  We are not normally open on Sunday so from 3:00 to 5:00 that afternoon is reserved for banjo fans of all abilities.  Doors will be open at 2:00.  Bring any and all questions you may have about playing, setting up, or purchasing a banjo and Greg or Janet will provide the answers.  Four, five and six string players are invited to attend.  Feel free to pass this information on to any of your banjo friendly acquaintances

We will have some door prizes to offer attendees, so watch this space for more details as the date gets closer.meetthemaker_poster_homestead_meetngreet_8-5x11







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Banjo Players Book Alert!

imageNew from the folks at Hal Leonard is the team effort by Alan Munde and Beth Mead Sullivan titled “The Great American Banjo ?Songbook”. 70 songs from The Great American Songbook tabbed out with chord diagrams.  This book will allow a bluegrass banjo player to insert recognizable time-tested Pearl to the set list to draw the audience in.  Don Reno used ‘Birth of the Blues’, Allen zshelton played ‘Lady of Spain’ for that purpose.  Now here’s a well of 70 tunes to draw from.  Check it out on your next visit.

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Don Julin “Jamming for Dummies” workshop

A Don Julin Workshop“Jamming for Dummies”

 Wednesday, May 17

7:00 pm

 We first met Don Julin during the 2012 National Mandolin Orchestra Convention held here in the Twin Cities.  He is the author of the best selling “Mandolin for Dummies” which had just been released when we met.  He has since added a second publication “Mandolin Exercises for Dummies”


Don’s home base is Traverse City, MI and he has been playing, teaching and writing music with the mandolin for over 30 years. 


His original compositions have been used on many network and cable television programs including NPR’s All Things Considered.  He has toured internationally and until recently spent two years playing over 400 “maximum bluegrass” gigs with guitarist Billy Strings.  Some of you may have caught their show at The Dakota.


He is not staying closer to home and devoting more time to teaching.  We are delighted to catch him on one of his out-of-town sojourns to conduct this workshop.


“Jamming for Dummies” is an introduction to improvisation workshop.  He will share with you how to improvise off a given melody or a given set of chords.  The workshop will be 1 ½ to 2 Hours.  The workshop fee is $40.00.  Call today to reserve a spot studying with Don Julin.  He invites all instruments at the techniques he will discuss are widely applicable.


Homestead Pickin’ Parlor

6625 Penn Ave S

Richfield, MN  55423



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Bluegrass Jamming Class Begins This Weekend

Graham Sones will be teaching a Bluegrass Jamming Class using the Wernick Method beginning this Sunday, April 9.  The class will be held on consecutive Sundays through May 14 with the exception of Easter Sunday, April 16.  The class will be held from 1-5PM each Sunday.  Graham, as many you know, is a Scruggs-style picker with more than forty years of experience.  Full details of the Class are available at http://www.bgjam.com .  We are pleased to be hosting this event and encourage your attendance.  All instruments are invited.

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Homestead Ultimate Banjo Mutes

Banjo Mutes have always been a sought after item, and until now it has been difficult to find one that is light weight, easy to use and effective.  The Homestead Ultimate Banjo Mute solves the problem.  Made of solid brass, the Homestead Ultimate Banjo Mute is U shaped piece of brass lined with a fabric to keep it firmly in place on the bridge.  It very simply slides across the bridge under the strings and firmly stays in position to make the banjo tolerable to the lightest sleeping child and very acceptable in the politest of company.  Check one out today.  And at only $15.95, it is very affordable as well.  It can easily be adjusted to fit any bridge on the market.  The accompanying photos will give you a closer look.  homestead-capo-1homestead-capo-2

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