Steve Arkin

Steve Arkin

Steve Arkin grew up in New York’s legendary music scene, playing both old-time and bluegrass.  In 1964 Steve played banjo with Bill Monroe, who was quoted in James Rooney’s book, Bossmen, called Steve  “the best backup banjo player I ever heard.”  An early exponent of melodic bluegrass banjo, Steve introduced his mentor Bill Keith to Bobby Thompson, and his account of that meeting has been widely published.  Steve has won many banjo contests and played in many bands, most recently with the highly praised old-time band, Troublesome Creek.  Steve has taught bluegrass and old-time banjo for five decades.  His students have included Marty Cutler, Bob Dylan, Roger McGuinn, and Tommy Makem.  He was featured in the February, 2006 Banjo Newsletter cover story.

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  1. Steve, I have been trying to meet you for years since Danny Laufer told me you live in Valley Cottage. I work at the Hudson Valley Animal Hospital in town next to the deli. I love bluegrass music and love to sing and play (not great) mandolin. Just reading the biography of Bill Monroe and saw your name. Going next week to Greyfox bluegrass festival in upstate New York. They are having a great banjo deal with Triska,Fleck,Bill Keith,pikelny and Eric Weisberg among others. My phone is 845-304-4224. Thanks,Peter

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