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americana, updated.




Detroit Electro-Folk / new americana

Shattering your idea of "banjo music," Banjolectric’s Gregory Mulkern is shaking up expectations for America's original folk instrument. Combining modern beats, contemporary lyrics, and international sounds with undeniable banjo chops, Mulkern stays true to the roots of the 5-string banjo while reimagining "Americana" for our modern America.


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Upcoming shows:

Aug 14th 2019: Great Oak cohousing, Ann arbor, MI

Aug 21st 2019: Garden Bowl wsg aldo ceresa, Detroit

aug 29th 2019: Barter, Hamtramck (Sold Only As Curio)

Aug 31st 2019: Arts Beat & Eats Festival, royal oak

Sept 2nd 2019: Hamtramck Labor Day Festival (Sold Only As Curio)

Sept 5th 2019: Live from 89.3

sept 7th 2019: Harvest Festival, Toledo

Sept 8th 2019: Dequindre Cut freight yard

sept 17th 2019: mcshane’s, detroit

Sept 19th: All About the Arts, WCCCD campus, belleville

sept 26th 2019: Barter, Hamtramck (Sold Only As Curio)

Nov 2019: “As Above” European release Tour

April 3rd 2020: Ferndale library, Metro-detroit

Notable Past Shows


June 2019: Rock’n’rides festival, Royal Oak, MI

March 2019: St Patrick’s Day weekend at mcshane’s, corktown.

February 2019 - Regional tour (Kalamazoo, Chicago, Grand Rapids, Detroit)

December 10th: Grizmas Local Mic @ DIME, Detroit

Nov 2018: futuretro Electro swing party, detroit

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Aug-Sept 2018  European tour, so below album EU release

August 2018 Great Lakes Flow Festival

JUne 2018 Pyrofest


June 2018 Detroit Riverdays Festival


June 2018 Detroit Music Weekend

May 2018 cmap showcase, The Jam Handy, Detroit MI


April 2018  Innovate Detroit, capital park


march 2018  hamtramck music festival

October 12th, 2017  PJ's Lagerhouse, with bob log III

News & Updates

November 27th: “So Below” was named one of PopMatters’ 20 BEST FOLK ALBUMS OF 2018

November 26th 2018: Track, "Pope Lick Road” was featured on Americana Daily

November 20th: Nice write-up from Grateful Web calling Banjolectric “Fresh” “Original” “Innovative”

November 14th:
Great review of the So Below album by Jonathan Frahm of PopMatters! “Banjolectric Rebrands the Instrument As A Modern Pop Machine” Article:

October 2018:
The album release tour in the EU was a blast! Thanks to everyone who stuck around after the shows to talk and pick up merch. Now I’m back in Detroit getting excited to release the album digitally on Nov 16th and physically in February, details TBA. Look for the album preview in PopMatters international magazine: !!

July 2019: Dates are all confirmed for the EU album release tour! 21st Century Americana crosses the pond this summer - check out the tour schedule and come say hi!

March 2018: Banjolectric was an official selection at the 2018 Detroit Performers Expo. Here are some comments from the jurors:

"So fresh! Banjolectric's originality leaves you wanting to hear more."
"It's amazing what Banjolectric can do."
"Banjolectric's blending of genres is great for summer festivals."

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So Below

by Banjolectric

Debut album “So Below” All instrument sounds were recorded off a 5-String Banjo