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Murder, mayhem, and clawhammer banjo

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Yesterday, two of our summer interns were at a cookout being held for summer interns, researchers or fellows. While doing interviews for their upcoming "town-gown" story in Canton, one of them just couldn't ignore the banjo playing in the background. Josh Cameron sat down with Camilla Ammirati to learn a little more about this banjo player.

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Joshua Cameron
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"I’m Camilla Ammirati and I moved to Canton this past summer from Virginia. But I’m from the Northeast originally so I’m used to the weather and what not. But I moved up here, I just finished grad school and I’m going to be teaching at St. Lawrence in the fall."

"One of the things I do in my free time is play a bunch of banjo. I play old time claw hammer style. Sort of Appalachian Mountain string band kind of music. So I guess this would be a tune that’s pretty commonly played around there and it’s called Cindy. So here it is."

"I’ll be teaching an FYP (First Year Program) called Murder and Mayhem. It should be a lot of fun. It’s about mystery narratives in law and literature."

"I’ve actually written a double-murder ballad. I don’t remember the words anymore though which might be a good thing."

Camilla Ammirati is a banjo player who just finished Grad school and will be teaching at St. Lawrence University this fall. Josh Cameron produced today's Heard Up North.

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