Music

From gospel to blues, with a world of string band and old-style bluegrass picking in between, the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival highlights the authentic regional musicians who have played Southwest Virginia’s music nearly all of their lives.

Blue Ridge Music Styles Stage–At the Farm Museum on the South Side of Route 40

  • Jimmy Costa—A Great West Virginia Music Collector Performing on Banjo and Dulcimer  (10:00 and 2:00)
  • Jeffrey Scott—Crisp Blues Picking and Singing in Virginia’s Piedmont style (10:30 and 12:00)
  • The New North Carolina Ramblers—Tunes and Songs in the Style of 1920s Greats Charlie Poole and Posey Rorrer (11:00 and 3:30)
  • Trish Fore & the Carroll County Wildcats—Fine Old-Time String Band Music From the Wilds of Carroll County, of Course (11:30)
  • Old-Time Harp Players:  A Harmonica Masters Workshop—Featuring Herman Martin, Glen Zuhlke, Paul Hiatt, Eddie Ogle, Thomas Taylor, and Roby Castle (12:30)
  • The Jeff Little Trio—Hot Old-Time, Rockabilly, and Boogie-Woogie Piano (2:30)
  • The Dry Hill Draggers (Performance and Dance)—Franklin County’s Favorite Old-Time Dance Band (4:00)

Blue Ridge String Band Stage–In the Bowl Above Adams Lake

  • The South Carolina Broadcasters–Tight-Harmonied Songs Combined With Tight-Stringed Old-Time Drive (10:00 and 3:30)
  • Stevie Barr & the Mastertones—Solid Proof There’s Bluegrass Magic in the Water Around Galax (10:30 and 2:30)
  • On the Road With Bill Monroe:  Former Blue Grass Boys Trading Tales and Tunes—Featuring Arnold Terry, Bobby Atkins, Billy Baker, Dewey Farmer, Roger Gray, R. C. Harris, Jack Hicks, Doug Hutchens, and Buddy Pendleton (Tales at 11:00; Music at 1:00)
  • Wayne Henderson & Friends—Legendary Hot Picking and Fine Old-Time Songs (12:30 and 3:00)
  • The Dixie Bluegrass Boys–Jerry Steinberg Leading a Top-Notch Blue Ridge Bluegrass Ensemble (1:00, 2:00, and 4:30)
  • The Gerald Anderson Band—Sweet Old-Time Songs and Tunes From Southwest Virginia (1:30 and 4:00)

Blue Ridge Gospel Stage–In the Bowl Below Adams Lake

  • The True Life Travelers–Rich Bluegrass Gospel (10:00 and 4:30)
  • The Moose Family Singers—Gospel Harmonies Guaranteed To Give You Chills (10:30 and 2:00)
  • The Ferrum Four–Moving Bluegrass With a Hint of That Stanley Brothers Sound   (11:00 and 2:30)
  • Larnell Starkey & the Spiritual Seven—Hard-Driving Praise-the-Lord African-American Gospel (11:30)
  • The Glorylanders–An A Cappella Quartet Carrying on Virginia’s Famous African American Four-Part Harmony Tradition (12:30 and 3:00)
  • The Shelton Brothers–Spirited Bluegrass Gospel From Southside Virginia    (1:00 and 4:00)
  • The Holy Trinity Male Chorus–Fine Old-Style Gospel Singing From Franklin County    (1:30 and 3:30)
  • The Moose Family Singers—Gospel Harmonies Guaranteed To Give You Chills (12:00 and 3:30)

Music Workshops

  • Old-Time Harp Players:  A Harmonica Masters Workshop—Featuring Herman Martin, Glen Zuhlke, Paul Hiatt, Eddie Ogle, Thomas Taylor, and Roby Castle (12:30)
  • On the Road With Bill Monroe:  Former Blue Grass Boys Trading Tales and Tunes—Featuring Arnold Terry, Bobby Atkins, Billy Baker, Dewey Farmer, Roger Gray, R. C. Harris, Jack Hicks, Doug Hutchens, and Buddy Pendleton (Tales at 11:00; Music at 1:00)

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