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Larnell Starkey & the Spiritual Seven at the BRFF

THE SCHEDULE ON THIS PAGE IS FOR 2015.  WE WILL BEGIN POSTING 2016 INFORMATION IN SEPTEMBER.

Four stages pack 21 hours of music into the BRFF day.  From gospel to blues, with a world of string band and old-style bluegrass picking in between, the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival highlights “real roots” musicians who have been playing the music of the Southern Highlands most of their lives.

  • Bobby Patterson & Willard Gayheart—Longtime Galax-Area Favorites Blending Mountain Singing, Banjo, and Guitar in the Traditional Duo Style (Bowl Stage: 10:00 am & 1:00 pm)
  • The Dry Hill Draggers—Franklin County’s Favorite Old-Time Dance Band Setting Everyone’s Feet in Motion (Farm Stage: 4:00 pm)
  • Five Mile Mountain Road—Billy Hurt’s Lightning Fiddle Striking to the Roots of the Old-Time Music Tree (Farm Stage: 11:00 am & 3:30 pm)
  • “A Life of Sorrow: The Life & Times of Carter Stanley”—Gary Reid’s Showcase of Bluegrass Legend Carter Stanley Through Story and Song (Farm Stage: 12:30 pm)
  • Geneva’s Convention—Toe-Tapping Franklin County Blue Ridge Mountain Bluegrass (Bowl Stage: 10:30 am & 1:30 pm)
  • Gerald Anderson & Friends—Beautiful Old Songs and Tunes From Southwest Virginia (Bowl Stage: 11:30 am & 2:00 pm)
  • The Highlander String Band—Phyllis Gaskin’s Dulcimer Sitting Loud and Proud in the Middle of the Galax String Band Tradition (Bowl Stage: 12:00 pm & 2:30 pm)
  • The Jeff Little Trio—Hot Piano at the Core of Quick-Stepping Old-Time Dance Tunes, Rockabilly, and Boogie-Woogie (Farm Stage: 2:30 pm)
  • Kelley & the Cowboys—A Whirlwind of Vintage County, Rockabilly, and Blues Blowing Up From Carolina (Bowl Stage: 4:00 pm)
  • Larnell Starkey & the Spiritual Seven—Family-Cooked, Hard-Driving, Praise-the-Lord, African-American Gospel (Chapel Stage: 11:30 am)
  • Larry Sigmon & Martha Spencer—An Unforgettable Mountain Music Sound From a High-Energy, Banjo-Bass Duo (Moonshine Stage: 11:00 am & 4:00 pm)
  • The Moose Family—Gospel Harmonies Guaranteed To Move Your Feet and Send Chills up Your Spine (Chapel Stage: 11:00 am & 2:30 pm)
  • One Accord–Country, Country—and We Do Mean Country—Gospel (Chapel Stage: 10:00 am & 3:30 pm)
  • Rev. Robert Akers & the Full Gospel Holiness Band—The Holy Spirit Rockin’ to a Hard-Charging Vintage R&R Beat (Chapel Stage: 12:30 pm & 3:00  pm)
  • The Rorrer Brothers & Son—Well-Honed String Band Tunes and a Musical Homage to 1920s Greats Charlie Poole and Posey Rorrer (Bowl Stage: 11:00 am & 3:00 pm)
  • Trish Fore & the Dixie Wildcats—The Wildcats Knocking Out Fine String Band Songs and Tunes From the Wilds of Carroll County (Farm Stage: 11:30 am)
  • The True Life Travelers—The Gospel Message Delivered in a Package of Traditional Bluegrass Picking and Singing (Chapel Stage: 1:30 pm & 4:30 pm)
  • Wayne Henderson & Friends—Masterful Picking, Bowing, and Singing From Southwest Virginia’s Best-Known Musical Icons (Bowl Stage: 12:30 pm & 3:30 pm)
  • The White Top Mountaineers—Martha Spencer and Jackson Cunningham Weaving a Multi-Style Tapestry of Mountain Music (Farm Stage: 10:00 am & 12:00 pm)
  • The Wildfire Band—The Gospel According to Franklin County Bluegrass (Chapel Stage: 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm)

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