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Across The Blue Ridge: Fiddle, Dulcimer and Song Traditions of Southern Virginia and Nortwestern North Carolina at The Blue Ridge Music Center
Blue Ridge Music Center
Galax , VA
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Across The Blue Ridge: Fiddle, Dulcimer and Song Traditions of Southern Virginia and Nortwestern North Carolina at The Blue Ridge Music Center
Saturday, July 19th's concert - from 7-9 PM - is entitled Across The Blue Ridge: Fiddle, Dulcimer & Song Traditions of Southern Virginia and Northwestern North Carolina, is hosted by Paul Brown and features performances by Terri McMurray, The Piney Woods Boys and Jim & Phyllis Gaskins.  

A musician since childhood, Paul Brown spent years collecting and documenting traditional music in southwestern Virginia and northwest North Carolina, particularly the stunningly rich traditions around Mount Airy in the region known as Round Peak. As a performer, a record producer, and a radio hostformerly of Mount Airy's famous hometown station, WPAQ, and now reaching a national audience as a newscaster and reporter for National Public Radio's Morning EditionPaul Brown has introduced millions to the special world of Round Peak music, and helped to ensure its preservation and vitality for future generations. Paul spent years learning music directly from some of the last fiddle, banjo, and guitar players to emerge before the age of radio and recordings, including Tommy Jarrell, Gilmer Woodruff, Fields Ward, Robert Sykes, Luther Davis, Verlen Clifton, and Paul Sutphin. Paul has recorded with many of his friends including Bruce Molsky, Mike Seeger, and Tara Nevins. His most recent recordings are Way Down In North Carolina with Mike Seeger, Benton Flippen: Old Time, New Times, and Blue Ridge Mountain Holiday: The Breaking Up Christmas Story. His most recent recording, Red Clay County, features Paul's banjo playing, fiddling, and singing, and it has received a rave review from The Old-Time Herald magazine.

Terri McMurray moved to North Carolina in 1982 to be near some of the great old time fiddle and banjo players and spent a lot of time learning banjo from Tommy Jarrell and Dix Freeman. She has played with many other great traditional players, such as Earnest East, Benton Flippen, Paul Sutphin, Fields Ward, Luther Davis, Verlen Clifton, and Kyle Creed. Terri was a founding member of the original Old Hollow String Band, along with Riley Baugus and Kirk Sutphin. She caught the attention of Paul Brown when she beat him in the banjo contest at the 1982 Old Fiddlers' Convention in Galax, VA and later joined him in matrimony and in the Toast String Stretchers.

The Piney Woods Boys play southern stringband music that arose before the labels of "old-time" and "bluegrass" were used to distinguish styles of playing. This was the sound that caught the ear of Jim Collier, Matt Haney and Wayne Martin beginning in the 1960s and 70s and led them on journeys of performing, teaching and documenting this music. A desire to return to source of their inspiration brought them together in 2012. They have committed themselves to performing the songs and tunes that were taught to them by older musicians, many from their home state of North Carolina, who liked good traditional music whatever its source.

Phyllis Gaskins, nee Williams was born in 1947 at home in the midst of a late winter blizzard at the foot of the Blue Ridge just down from the Skyline Drive. She was raised in a family steeped in the struggles and privations of mountain culture. Some of her fondest memories center around sitting on the front porch with her grandmother singing the old folk songs and hymns. She grew up with a fertile interest in music. She played piano for the choir at the little Bear Lithia Baptist Church just down the road and shared her music with family and friends. As a master of the Galax dulcimer style and as a master dulcimer teacher she has spent more than two decades sharing her skill and passing on her knowledge of the dulcimer and traditional music to many others interested in Appalachian dulcimer around the country. She performs on dulcimer with two bands, The Highlander String Band and Port Road String Band.



Blue Ridge Music Center (View)
700 Foothills Road
Galax , VA 24333
United States


Arts > Performance
Music > All Ages
Music > Americana
Music > Bluegrass
Music > Blues
Music > Country
Music > Folk

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