Larnell Starkey & the Spiritual Seven at the BRFF


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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