Illinois grad, banjo player Noam Pikelny goes on tour

Noam Pikelny Renowned banjo player and Grammy Award nominee Noam Pikelny. (Photo courtesy of Noam Pikelny)

If you like bluegrass, then you might want to check out banjo player Noam Pikelny, ’00 ATTENDEE, ’04 ATTENDEE, who kicks off his U.S. tour this June.

Pikelny was honored with the 2010 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. He also received a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album for his 2012 solo release, Beat the Devil and Carry a Rail. In 2014, the International Bluegrass Music Association named Pikelny Banjo Player of the Year and awarded his 2013 album, Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, Album of the Year.

Pikelney performed at the 2015 ELLNORA guitar festival at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at Illinois. He currently is touring the U.S. as both a soloist and with Punch Brothers.

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