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Hillbilly Gypsies in Concert at Carter Family Fold Oct 17

The Hillbilly GypsiesHiltons, VA -- The Hillbilly Gypsies are a West Virginia native string band who specialize in playing their own homegrown style of Appalachian old time music, mixed with a hard drivin’ bluegrass sound. In addition to their original material, the Hillbilly Gypsies play a mix of traditional bluegrass and catchy old fiddle tunes. They are best appreciated at a live show. The Gypsies perform in the old fashioned style, around a single microphone. Their show has the feel of a barn dance, and it transports you back in time. One thing’s for sure – you’ll want to get up and dance. They’ve been a group for over ten years, and they have played at many national festivals, concert halls, and theaters. Saturday, October 17th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Hillbilly Gypsies. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Hogslop String Band Entertains Historic Carter Family Fold

Hogslop String BandSaturday, October 10th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Hogslop String Band. The band is a Nashville based old time string band comprised of five energetic young musicians hailing from Georgia, Tennessee, California, and North Carolina. Featuring Casy Meikle and Kevin Martin on fiddles, Graham Sherrill on banjo, Gabriel Kelley on guitar, and Casey “Pickle” McBride on the washtub bass, these boys surely raise a ruckus.

Whitetop Mountain Band Returns to Carter Fold Saturday

Whitetop Mountain BandHiltons, VA -- Saturday, October 3rd, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Whitetop Mountain Band. Whitetop Mountain Band is a family-based band from the highest mountains of Virginia. Whitetop is an area rich in old time music tradition, and this band has deep roots in mountain music. The band’s members have worked tirelessly to preserve the region’s style of old time fiddling and banjo picking and are legendary musicians and teachers of the style. Their shows are high energy and unlike any other show you have ever seen. There’s everything from fiddle and banjo instrumentals to powerful solos and harmony vocals on blues, classic country, honky tonk, traditional bluegrass numbers, old timey ballads, originals, four-part mountain gospel songs – and some flat foot dancing. Well-known for their charisma on stage and their ability to engage audiences of all ages, this group has been performing at the Carter Fold since shows first began at the A.P. Carter Grocery in the 1970s.

Carter Fold Presents Larry Efaw and the Bluegrass Mountaineers

Larry Efaw & the Bluegrass MountaineersSaturday, September 26th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Larry Efaw and the Bluegrass Mountaineers. The spark the Bluegrass Mountaineers ignite while performing traditional bluegrass music is very unique. Their burning desire (fueled by their experience and music shared by four generations to continue a family tradition) is one of the world’s most valued treasures in such a wonderful music style. The fourth generation of the Bluegrass Mountaineers, Chris Wilcox is eager to learn the instruments at the young age of eight years old. In a quest to carry on the traditional bluegrass sound, the Bluegrass Mountaineers combine old time claw hammering, classic country yodeling, and twin fiddles to showcase their unique style. All members of the Bluegrass Mountaineers take turns demonstrating their vocal and instrumental abilities. Their love for the traditional, genuine bluegrass sound is evident every time they take the stage.

Tune Town Old Time String Band with Dr. Mark Hand at Carter Fold

Tune Town Old Time String BandHiltons, VA -- Saturday, September 19th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Tune Town Old Time String Band with Dr. Mark Handy.

Michael Feagan and Fiddlegrass Hit Carter Fold Saturday

Michael FeaganHiltons, VA -- Saturday, September 12th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by Michael Feagan and Fiddlegrass. Michael Feagan has played with some of bluegrass music’s finest – Bill Monroe and Larry Sparks to name a few. He’s also worked with David Peterson & 1946 as well as country singer and guitarist Jerry Reed. Michael accompanied Kody Norris on fiddle at the Carter Fold. Michael will be backed by Fiddlegrass – some of bluegrass music’s finest musicians. His newest release – A Fiddler’s Journey – is now available. The CD features dance tunes that even the most seasoned musicians might not know. The release exemplifies the versatility and experience that make Michael’s career so diverse and interesting. A true gentleman, Michael proudly represents bluegrass music at its’ finest.

Dry Hill Draggers Play Carter Family Fold Aug 29th

Dry Hill DraggesThe Dry Hill Draggers started out in 1981. From Franklin County, Virginia, the group included Jimmy Boyd on banjo and his brother, Billy. Although several of the founding members are now gone, the group has continued in the mountain tradition of a multi-generational, traditional, old time string band. While jamming in the 1970s in the Dryhill and Ferrum area, some of the musicians were falling behind. Edgar Crowe said since they were dragging behind on their timing, he was going to call the group the Dry Hill Draggers. That name has stuck now for the past 30 years. The Ferrum, Virginia, area is home to most of those performing in the group today. They played at the 1982 World’s Fair, and they’re favorites at the Floyd Country Store and the Blue Ridge Music Center. Their knock-down driving beat is anything but “dragging.” In 2011, they placed second in the old time band category at Galax. Fold audiences who remember Larry Sigmon and Barbara Poole will love this old time band.

Carter Fold Presents Jake Krack and the Bing Brothers Old Time Band

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Jake Krack and the Bing Brothers Old Time Band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free. At only 28 years old, Jake Krack has an impressive biography. He graduated from Berea College in 2007. While at Berea, Jake was a recipient of the Red Foley Memorial Music Award. Since that time, he has produced and released nine CDs on which he is featured. In addition, he has produced and/or consulted on many old time CDs. Jake is an Individual Artist Coordinator for the Culture and History Department in Charleston, West Virginia. He has done internships, received scholarships, and done extensive work with Smithsonian Folkways recordings.

Monroe Crossing Bringing Monroe's Music to Carter Family Fold

Monroe CrossingNamed in honor of Bill Monroe – the Father of Bluegrass Music – Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Their superb musicianship and on-stage rapport make them audience favorites across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Based in the twin cities of Minnesota, the group plays an average of 150 shows a year at intimate rooms, major venues, and festivals. This will be their second Carter Fold performance. Saturday, August 15th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by Monroe Crossing. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Appalachian Music by Emi Sunshine at Carter Fold Saturday

Emi SunshineSaturday, August 8th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of Appalachian music by Emi Sunshine. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. It’s impossible to explain the exceptional talents of Emi Sunshine, a 10-year old east Tennessee prodigy who has captured the nation’s attention as a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Steeped in Appalachian music, she is a true vocal stylist, one who instinctively knows how to interpret the nuances of a song with her impressive range, even though she has yet to gain the life experience and empathy seemingly necessary to fully comprehend the words she sings. Despite a given name that reflects optimism, she is drawn to dark themes in music – like that of the Louvin Brothers. The Tennessean is just the latest to describe her as an old soul – noting Onstage, this soul’s presence is commanding and her singing voice authentic and folksy. While her youth might remind many of Taylor Swift, a more apt comparison would be to artists such as Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, or members of the Carter Family.

Stevie Barr and The Mastertones at Carter Family Fold Saturday

The MastertonesSaturday, July 25th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music – and some bluegrass - by Stevie Barr and The Mastertones. A fine bluegrass and old time banjo player, Stevie Barr grew up in Galax, Virginia – in the very heart of old time string band country. The son of Rebecca and Thomas Barr, he grew up in a family dedicated to making music, and was playing banjo by the age of four. Thomas, a fiddle maker, owns and operates Tom Barr’s Fiddle Shop in Galax – a gathering spot for bluegrass and old time musicians the world over. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

41st Annual Carter Fold Festival July 31 & August 1

Carter Family FoldHiltons, VA -- In 1960, the great music archivist Alan Lomax sounded the alarm that American consumerism was rapidly destroying the nation’s most unique musical traditions and replacing them with a sterile monoculture, or bland sameness. He ominously foretold Tomorrow … when the whole world is bored with automated mass-distributed video-music, our descendants will despise us for having thrown away the best of our culture. Lomax was right to worry. By 1960, American society was changing at a faster pace than ever before. Traditional music, often called the jewel of American culture, was considered passe’ and forgotten by the mainstream.

New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters Trot to Carter Fold Saturday

New Ballard's Branchy BogtrottersHiltons, VA -- The New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters took their group’s name from the original Bogtrotters, the famous Galax, Virginia, area band of the 1930s, and because band leader Dennis Hall lives on Ballard’s Branch. Galax is home to the world-renowned Old Time Fiddler’s Convention, and the area has traditionally produced some of the country’s finest old time string bands. Carrying on that rich musical tradition, the New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters features Dennis Hall on guitar, Leon Frost on mandolin, Jesse Morris on bass, Eddie Bond on fiddle, and Josh Ellis on banjo. The guys have been playing together for over nearly fifteen years.

Dollar Brothers Bring High Energy Bluegrass to Carter Fold Saturday

Dollar BrothersSaturday, July 11th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by the Dollar Brothers. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free. The Dollar Brothers provide a high energy, family-oriented bluegrass show. A traditional bluegrass band, they are from Watauga and Ashe Counties in North Carolina. Darrell Dollar, lead singer and older brother to Barry and Wade, plays mandolin and has written several songs for the group. Barry Dollar plays fiddle and banjo and sings lead and baritone. Wade Dollar, youngest of the three brothers, sings tenor and lead and also plays guitar, claw hammer banjo. and dobro. Tim Norris, banjo player, is a cousin to the Dollars. Tim also sings, and he plays guitar and piano. Newest band member, J. M. Trivette, plays bass and helps out on vocals.

Carter Family Fold to Celebrate July 4th with Fiddlin' Carson Peters

Fiddlin’ Carson PetersSaturday, July 4th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free. Nine-year old Carson Peters, or “Fiddlin’ Carson Peters,” as he is becoming known, is a true musical prodigy. He is quickly making a name for himself with his fiddle by winning competitions and entertaining audiences across the region. Carson lives with his parents, Jamie and Robin Peters, in Piney Flats, Tennessee. They noticed at a very early age that he could keep time with any tune being played by clapping his hands or tapping his feet. His special talent for music became apparent after he taught himself to play “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” at the ripe old age of two on a ukulele that his grandmother bought him.

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