Mary Z. Cox, award-winning old time banjo and mountain dulcimer player, is available for concert, festivals, and workshops. Mary Z. and Bob Cox play the haunting traditional tunes you want to hear and learn on beautiful and rare banjos and dulcimers that are seldom seen or heard in public.


Mary is best known for her old time banjo playing featured in her five CDs (Banjo Dreamin' Suwannee Nights, A Secret Life Of Banjo, Vintage Banjo, Walkin' That Banjo Home &
Dulcimer Fandango) and her Banjo Dreamin' Suwannee Nights, A Secret Life of Banjo and Vintage Banjo tab books. She has won contests in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Alabama, playing banjo, mountain dulcimer, and old time string band music. She is the winner of the 2nd Annual Tommy Thompson Memorial Banjo Contest held at the 2004 Florida Folk Festival, the 2004 First Place winner in the old time banjo contest at the Staggerlee Bluegrass Festival, the 2003 Florida Old Time Banjo Champion, and the 2002 Florida Old Time Mountain Dulcimer Champion. Mary and Physical Medicine placed first in the Old Time String Band contest at the 2004 Florida Fiddlers Convention.

Tabs, MP3s, and favorable reviews of her work, have been published in Banjo Newsletter, Studio Magazine, and The Old Time Herald. Music from Walkin' That Banjo Home was featured on National Public Radio's "All Songs Considered." Her CDs are played regularly online by the old time radio station, Sugar In the Gourd, as well as Frank P. Hoppes show on KCSN 88.5 in Southern California. Mary and Bob recently gave a sold out concert at Dabney Hall on the CAL TECH campus in Pasadena, a packed concert at the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina, and a main stage performance and workshop at the Will Mclean Festival (Willfest) in Dade City. Mary and her husband, Bob, are also regular performers and workshop hosts at the Florida Folk Festival.
Mary is a third generation Floridian who received her first banjo when she was twelve. Her Granddad Thompson was a professional banjo player and his father was an old time fiddler from St. Joe, Missouri. His father was Cyclone Thompson, who rode the Pony Express. She grew up in Palm Bay, Florida, playing and singing with her brother, Charlie. Mary has played in many local Florida bands: The Big Bend Ramblers, Cypress Creek, Reel Plaid, Canopy Roads and Booger Holler. Today she lives in Tallahassee, Florida, where she records and plays old time music with family and friends.



CDs in print
Vintage Banjo
Walkin' That Banjo Home
Dulcimer Fandango
A Secret Life Of Banjo
Banjo Dreamin' Suwannee Nights
Coming soon--Banjo Dreamin/Suwannee Nights
Banjo Tab Books
Vintage Banjo
A Secret Life of Banjo

Set List

We have up to three, forty-five minute sets available for concert. We have an entertaining stageshow featuring the history of the tunes and the instruments we play. We present regional and family stories and our show is enjoyed by both rural and urban audiences of mixed age groups.

Here is a typical set:

Snowdrop (Banjo and guitar)
Chickens Crowin At Midnight (Banjo and guitar)
Snake Charmer's Daughter (Banjo solo)
Tam Lin (guitar solo with mountain dulcimer back up)
Cold Rain and Snow (vocal with mountain dulcimer and guitar back up)
Andrew Jackson, Go Back HOme (mountain dulcimer and guitar)
Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss (Banjo and Guitar)
John Stinson's #2 (Banjo and Guitar)
Angeline (Banjo and Guitar)

We update our sets each year to reflect new material and new Cds.