Join veteran Bluegrass musicians for some fine picking and singing.
-Leroy Savage, Fiddling Al McCanless, Jim Watson, Tony Williamson, Tommy Goldsmith, and Stan Brown.
Sponsors: Black & Global Roots Concerts: Appalachian State U, & Our Town (of Chapel Hill and Carrboro) of the National Endowment for the Arts, and our generous hosts and audiences.
A few notes about our performers:
The Bluegrass Band includes:
Leroy Savage, a founding member of The New Deal String Band, dubbed the Father of Newgrass by Sam Bush and known for his high tenor singing and extensive repertoire of songs from early Bill Monroe to Bob Dylan.
Fiddlin’ Al McCanless is one of the most versatile NC fiddlers. Along with Leroy, he was a founding member of the New Deal String Band. He played many years with the Bluegrass Experience, which won the World Champion Bluegrass prize at the Union Grove Old Time Fiddlers Convention
Jim Watson was a founding member of the Red Clay Ramblers, and later toured with Robin and Linda Williams. Jim is a versatile musician equally at home on bass fiddle, guitar, mandolin and vocal.
Tony Williamson is a NC Heritage Award recipient and a visionary musician, composer, musical instrument expert, teacher and mentor. A seventh-generation musician from rural Piedmont North Carolina, Tony continues to perform live and travel internationally.
Stan Brown, headed out to Nashville fresh out of NC State and played banjo with Wilma Lee Cooper, Bill Monroe, Vassar Clements, Clarence White and appeared regularly on the Grand Old Opry.
Tommy Goldsmith has worked as a roots-based singer, songwriter, guitarist and record producer in NC, Tenn and Texas since the early 1970s. His songs have been recorded by Alice Gerrard, Uncle Walt’s Band, Nashville Bluegrass Band, David Olney and Steve Runkle.
8:30 Cajun dance party with Font D’Culottes:
You are invited to a Cajun Dance Party with songs and tunes from southwest Louisiana’s Cajun and Creole repertoire. Trent Van Blaricom (accordion and Cajun French vocals) fronts Asheville’s Zydeco Ya Ya, Matt Haney (fiddle) played in Tracy Schwarz Cajun Trio, Sara Ploense (guitar) has a driving Cajun sock rhythm style, and Amy Davis (vocals, snare and triangle) has played with the Swampcats and the old time Hushpuppies string band. The band learned music directly from elder musicians in Louisiana and studying old recordings. They’ve backed musicians such as Marc and Ann Savoy, DL Menard and Jesse Lege. They love playing for dances and providing solid, danceable music is a number one priority!