The Crooked Road's Old Time Music and Dance Spectacular - Natural Tunnel State Park - 6/15

June 15, 2017 7:00 PM
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ADVANCED: $10.00

ADVANCED Public Onsale: March 16, 2017 10:04 AM to May 31, 2017 11:59 PM
This old-time music and dance spectacular will showcase the most basic form of music, balladry. Ballads are songs that tell stories. Rich Kirby and Elizabeth LaPrelle, two of the most respected ballad singers in the Crooked Road region today, will bring this a capella tradition to life. Kirby both plays the banjo and sings traditional ballads he learned from his grandmother, the respected ballad singer Addie Graham. La Prelle is perhaps the best-known singer of Appalachian ballads of her generation and has performed for public radio’s flagship programs A Prairie Home Companion and Mountain Stage. The fiddle and banjo were once the only instruments heard along the Appalachian frontier, and the ancient sound these two iconic instruments make together is still heard along The Crooked Road. Award winning fiddler Eddie Bond and clawhammer banjo player Debbie Yates will demonstrate the old fiddle and banjo duet styles on some haunting tunes from the tradition. The stripped-down sound of one or two instruments playing fiddle or banjo tunes would sometimes not suit an occasion, such as when a family had a get-together. At such times, songs were called for, and perhaps the most beloved of all songcrafters were the three members of the original Carter Family, A. P. Carter, Sara Carter, and Maybelle Carter. Eddie Bond (autoharp), Rich Kirby (banjo), Elizabeth LaPrelle (vocals), and Mac Traynham (guitar) will play a selection of Carter Family classics in the old-time style that the Carters made famous in first recordings in Bristol 90 years ago. Enjoy a spirited but all in good fun old time banjo contest between crackerjack players Debbie Yates, Tyler Hughes, Jared Boyd, Mac Traynham, Rich Kirby, and Julie Shepherd Powell. The audience-selected winner gets bragging rights. The concert will also include a tip of the hat to some of the most historic musicians of The Crooked Road such as the songs of the legendary banjo player Dock Boggs performed by Big Stone Gap’s Tyler Hughes and tunes once performed by the legendary Galax area fiddler Emmet Lundy played by Eddie Bond. As new instruments (guitar, mandolin, and bass, among others) became more widely available in Appalachia, larger string bands became commonplace in the region. The old time musicians already listed will be joined by bassist Debbie Bramer to demonstrate the classic string band sound. The ultimate calling of a great string band is to lay down a great groove for flatfoot dancing and you’ll see some of the many variations in dance styles from the likes of Julie Shepherd Powell, Elizabeth LaPrelle, Eddie Bond, and Debbie Bramer as they turn the show into a barn dance. The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming is made possible by the support of the Appalachian Regional Commission, Food City, National Endowment for the Arts, Virginia Department of Housing & Economic Development, Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, Virginia Tourism Corporation, Blue Ridge Beverage, Bluegrass Today, Oxford American, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Davenport & Co, Market Connections, SWVA, Virginia Living, Union Bank & Trust, Virginia State Parks, CGI, The Martha, David & Judie Reemsnyder, Dominion, New Peoples Bank, The Loafer, Bank of Marion, FocusOne Integrated Financial Planning, Hicok, Fern & Company, Walt & Janet Crickmer, Abingdon Rotary Club, Bolling Wilson Hotel, Chantilly Farm, Electric Hardwoods, Forestland Group LLC, iGo Technology, Mountain Lake Lodge, SWCC Educational Foundation. For the deaf and hard of hearing community, signing interpretation services can be made available if requested at least 21 days in advance of the concert. For requests received less than 21 days prior to the concert, every effort will be made for accommodations, but interpretation services are not guaranteed. To request services or for more information contact The Crooked Road office by email at or by calling 276-492-2409.

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