We started the summer playing for the Crooked Road’s “Mountains of Music Homecoming” in June. Keeping the beat while the Blacksburg Hoorah Cloggers performed and the guests of the “Feastival” at Sinkland Farms were treated to an old time square dance. A small concert for the Christiansburg Library on a hot July evening was Kristie’s last performance with us on bass until the arrival of Baby James in the fall. He is a handsome healthy boy and will be picking up an instrument any day now.
A big “Thank you!” to Liam Kelly, Chris Webb, and Tim Thorton for helping us out on guitar and bass when we needed back-up at the end of the summer and during the fall.
The rest of the summer was busy as we hosted the Market Square Jam, played at Mabry Mill, the Roanoke Campground on the Parkway, and square dances at Ferrum College and Mountain Lake Hotel. Paul got blue ribbons in the fiddle contest at Henry Reed Festival and the Grayson County Fiddlers! We ended the summer at Bristol Rhythm and Roots with the Possum Creek Playboys street jam that featured the Green Grass Cloggers.
Fall was fun at the Sinkland Farm’s Pumpkin Festival and we enjoyed playing for the candlelight Harvest Heritage Dinner at the Wilderness Road Regional Museum. Getting in the spirit, we dressed in Regency attire and Paul wore his vest and tailcoat that he made himself. We finished out the year playing for a New Year’s Eve dinner at The Palisades and enjoying a gourmet dinner ourselves!
We are already booking events into next year and wishing you all the best in 2020!
It was a real thrill to perform on the main stage at Blacksburg's Fork and Cork Festival and it was fine weather for wine tasting! The following week, we loved helping celebrate a homestyle wedding with a gorgeous mountain vista of the New River Valley. The bride was barefoot and pregnant, but still had a blast dancing the Virginia Reel to our highstepping version of "John Brown's Dream!" The Mountians of Music Homecoming Festival sponsored by the Crooked Road kept us very busy for 9 days in June. We played for a great clogging workshop and squaredance/ barndance on the well-worn planks of the old barn floor in Riner.
Saturday night dances returned to Floyd Country Store as part of the Mountains of Music Festival and we played for the dance/concert in June. it was a big success with the Blacksburg Hoorah Cloggers putting on an amazing performance! They will be performing with us again when we play there on , Friday, August 21. They are the best dancers ever! Other highlights of the festival week in June included our first time playing at the new Pearisburg's Farmers Market, hosting the Blacksburg Market old time jam to a big crowd and lots of dancers, and playing for the Solstice Chef event at the Blacksburg Farmers Market on a fine Saturday morning.
It was a real delight to start the evening of festive dancing at my own daughter's wedding by calling a dance for a joyous crowd of dancers whooping it up to the Virginia Reel. There are more fun times to come this summer as we will take the stage for a set at Blacksburg's Steppin' Out and the Heritage Days at the Montgomery County Museum.
Hope to see you out and about, supporting live music!
We are glad that spring is finally here and we can begin to spend time outdoors again, meeting old friends at festivals and gatherings! We had some great times this winter and got to play at some exciting new venues. We celebrated Valentine’s Day at Wolf Hills Brewery in Abingdon, sampling their product and meeting some very friendly folks. We had an exciting ride home as I-81 was becoming covered in snow and blizzard like conditions! Glad to get home safely that night. Recently, we had the opportunity to do a show at The Harvester in Rocky Mount and had a wonderful audience there.
We continue to play out at local venues, sometimes as a duet if the performing space is small. We are staying involved with the Blacksburg scene and have been hosting several local old time jams as well as the old time jam that happens on Sundays at the Floyd Country Store. We played our first political rally to protest the Mountain Valley pipeline that threatens our beautiful hills and streams here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We learned a protest song written by Robin and Linda Williams and enjoyed having backup singers and audience sing-along on the chorus. While performing, we had a good crowd of flat footers and it felt like a real throw back to the 1970’s!
Lots of cold snowy days have kept us inside perfecting songs and tunes and recording for our second CD. Just some final touches and it will be ready to send out for production! We are excited to play in May for Blacksburg’s Fork and Cork Festival and the barn dance put on by Blacksburg Square Dance. In June, we will be entertaining at several venues during the Mountains of Music Homecoming Festival that is sponsored by the Crooked Road. Hope to see you out dancing or joining in on some jam tunes!
After such a busy summer and fall,it was great to have some time off to relax and recharge. During the warmer months, we were lucky to play some new venues and several weddings. It was lots of fun to call dances and teach the Virginia Reel as friends and family enjoyed celebrating their special day! We even set up a Wedding page on this website with lots of pictures of couples dancing.
Returning to Bristol Rhythm and Roots Festival was exciting with a concert at the Bristol Theatre and entertaining at K.P.Duty. Hosting the Blacksburg old time jam at the Farmer's Market has been lots of fun and in the fall, we enjoyed kicking things off at the first old time jam at the Alexander Black House Museum. Good times at the Dogtown Roadhouse in Floyd, the annual square dance at. Camp Legacy with the Hoorah Cloggers,and a live radio show on WUVT's Local Zone. We were glad to have a chance to try out our new cowboy songs.
As the weather turned cooler, we loved playing at the Sinkland Farms Pumpkin Festival, watching all the families get their pumpkins.Blacksburg Square Dance was great fun at Phil's barn with a large crowd of stomping dancers in their jeans and flannel.
We have had good times playing at Due South BBQ,returning to the old time stage at BrewDo, and were very pleased to be included with all the talented acts at the Side Door Revue. It was a very successful fundraiser for the Radford Food Pantry!
It is exciting and so much fun to be recording another CD! A great way to pass the time on snowy days. We expect that we will have a lot of good tunes in the can by time spring rolls around.
Check out our events as we will be playing all around the New River Valley. Hope to see you out on the town sometime soon!
Remember to support live music!