The Crooked Road's Old Time Music and Dance Spectacular - Damascus Rock School - 6/16

June 16, 2017 7:00 PM
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CHILD: $7.50
ADVANCED: $10.00

ADVANCED Public Onsale: March 20, 2017 12:20 PM to May 31, 2017 11:59 PM
CHILD Public Onsale: March 20, 2017 12:21 PM to June 13, 2017 7:00 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, Corbin Hayslett, and Elizabeth LaPrelle are three of the finest ballad singers in the Crooked Road region today and will bring the a capella old British ballad tradition to life. Kirby plays the banjo and sings traditional ballads he learned from his grandmother, the respected ballad singer Addie Graham. Corbin Hayslett is a talented performer of a range of classic Appalachian story-songs. LaPrelle is perhaps the best-known singer of Appalachian ballads of her generation and has been a featured performer on public radio’s flagship programs A Prairie Home Companion and Mountain Stage. Award winning fiddler Adrian Powell and clawhammer banjo player Mac Traynham 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 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 their 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, Corbin Hayslett, 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 from 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. The old time musicians already listed will be joined by bassist Debbie Bramer to demonstrate the classic string band sound, including hard driving twin fiddles from Eddie Bond and Adrian Powell. 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 generate enough old time energy to power a small city. 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, 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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