Ann Arbor's Banjo-toting Shoemaker


Paul Tinkerhess

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In the hours when Paul Tinkerhess is not repairing Birkenstock footwear for the people of Ann Arbor, he finds other ways to nurture his town - by organizing the Water Hill Music Fest, by keeping winter sidewalks walkable with Snow Buddy, and by sharing his banjo-playing and song-writing talents generously in the cause of community. A CD of the live music from this interview will be available for sale at, the only current source of Paul's music!


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The thing itself

Paul you are so Paul,
you are the thing that is Paul
without the name being anything at all.

Loved the bits on Odetta, localism vs commercialism and Tinkerhess. Yes!

Paul Tinkerhess

Thanks for a great show! It was great to hear Paul tell his story through such soulful songs and lovely guitar playing. Inspiring!

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