Ton Van Bergeyk was a guitar hero of mine in the 1970s, an agile fingerpicker with a fine ragtimey repertoire. I’m delighted to discover via Keep Swinging that he’s still playing. Here’s one video:
and it turns out there are a dozen more too!
Laço Tayfa is a favorite of mine anyway, but the virtuosity of the first couple of minutes opens new frontiers:
Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, via Crooked Timber
From 1:20 he demonstrates the elements of kora playing, and at 4:45 it’s jaw-droppingly gobsmacking:
A question from son John about banjo-like instruments led me on a YouTube chase that was very fruitful and ear-stretching. Here’s one of the real gems that surfaced: