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Foot Stompin’ Friday Features New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters

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 twelve years. Friday, October 10th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special Foot Stompin’ Friday series concert by the New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters, an old time band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to11, under age 6 free.

Footstompin’ Friday Features Raymond & Ruth McLain and Friends

Raymond McLainHiltons, VA -- The McLain Family Band began performing at Carter Music Center when Janette Carter first began presenting concerts in the old A.P. Carter Grocery in 1974. Raymond McLain, Sr. formed the family band in the late 1960s when his five children were very young. Mr. McLain was a Carter Family Memorial Music Center board member from the day the center was created. His son Raymond now serves on the Music Center’s board of directors in addition to serving as the Artistic Director at the Fold. Raymond is Director of the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University. He also performs, produces, and records. Friday, August 8th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by Raymond and Ruth McLain and Friends as part of our Footstompin’ Friday series. Backing them up will be some of Kentucky’s finest musicians. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

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