Mary Z. Cox
A two-time Florida & North Carolina banjo champion, Mary Z. Cox has played banjo since she was 12 and has been a recording artist since 1999. She has recorded 11 CDs, plays concerts & festivals, gives workshops, and authors banjo & dulcimer books. Her music has been played on National Public Radio’s, “Thistle & Shamrock”, “All Songs Considered,” Pandora World Music Genome, & the BBC.
She’s taught clawhammer banjo for over a decade at the John C. Campbell Folk School as well as camps & festivals nationwide, including the Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby, NC, Cal Tech, Priceless Festival in California, Monticello Opera House & the Florida Folk Festival.
Many folks know Mary Z for her “Good Morning Banjo” videos on Facebook & YouTube where she posts impromptu banjo & mountain dulcimer videos from unexpected places in the United States and around the globe. Others know her from the 2016 & 2017 Banjo Babes Calendar & compilation CD.
She is also a Florida mountain dulcimer champion, a four-time champion at the Brevard, North Carolina Old-Time Championships, has placed 1st & 2nd at the Uncle Dave Macon Days in Tennessee, and placed 2nd at the Tennessee Valley Fiddlers Convention.
Mary Z‘s Easy String Band Method For the Mountain Dulcimer instruction book & CD has been a favorite with dulcimer students all over the world & many of her CDs have mountain dulcimer tunes. Her dulcimer articles, tabs, & mp3s have been published in the Dulcimer Players News.
Mary Z. Cox holds two graduate degrees from Florida State University and graduate level certifications in education for youth & adults. “Folks learn more when they are having fun” is her educational philosophy. “If a banjo calls to you—buy it—its your destiny” is her motto.