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Còig & Whitetop Mountain Band at Blue Ridge Music Center June 18

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CòigGalax, VA -- Cape Breton-based, Celtic supergroup Còig will play the Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax on Thursday, June 18, at 7 p.m. as part of the 2015 Mountains of Music Homecoming. The band will be joined by the beloved old-time ensemble Whitetop Mountain Band. The Blue Ridge Music Center is proud to host this performance as part of this premier festival that celebrates Virginia’s Crooked Road.

Còig, from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, is an award-winning band whose traditional dance, Gaelic songs, dynamic step dance, and fiery fiddling reflect traditions brought to Canada by Scottish immigrants. Their rousing debut release “Five” is the winner of the 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Album of the Year.

The Whitetop Mountain Band is one of the most popular dance bands in Appalachia. Comprised of members of the Spencer family from Whitetop, Virginia, the band has taken their traditional, foot-tapping sound to audiences around the world for decades.

Tickets for the June 18 concert are on sale now and available locally at the Blue Ridge Music Center, Milepost 213, Blue Ridge Parkway, Galax, Virginia; at Food City Stores; and online at www.mtnsofmusic.com.

A nine-day celebration of Southwest Virginia’s heritage and music, The Crooked Road’s inaugural Mountains of Music Homecoming will take place June 12-20, in cities and towns across the 8,600-square-mile Crooked Road Region. More than 200 artists will perform 34 Crooked Road Concerts. The Homecoming will feature more than 260 additional cultural experiences presented by local communities and organizations highlighting the culture of scenic Southwest Virginia.

Whitetop Mountain BandKnown internationally as a mecca of old-time, bluegrass, and gospel music, The Crooked Road connects the home places of some of the most cherished figures in American music – the Carter Family, the Stoneman Family, the Stanley Brothers, and bluegrass pioneers, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, among others – and spans a region celebrated for its beautiful landscape and seminal contributions to the nation’s art and music.

Travelers seduced by the sweet sound of all that music will also discover first-rate wineries, outstanding cycling, fly-fishing, hiking, theater, galleries and museums, community picnics, pancake breakfasts, and a wealth of unforgettable experiences to while away the hours between concerts along The Crooked Road.

For a complete listing of all Mountains of Music cultural events and ticketing for the 34 Crooked Road Concerts, visit www.mtnsofmusic.com. For the Blue Ridge Music Center 2015 Concert Season Lineup, visit www.blueridgemusiccenter.org.

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