Friday, March 11th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, can have the second in our 2014 show show Footstompin’ Fridays at the Fold. These concerts take place the 2nd Friday of thirty days through October 2014. This unique concert functions old time songs by the Whitetop Mountain Band. Admission into concert is ten dollars for grownups, $1 for the kids 6 to 11, under age 6 free. Whitetop hill Band is a family-based musical organization through the greatest mountains of Virginia. Whitetop is an area abundant with old-time songs tradition, and this band features deep origins in hill songs. The band’s users been employed by tirelessly to protect the region’s form of old-time fiddling and banjo choosing and tend to be celebrated musicians and teachers associated with the style. Their particular shows tend to be high-energy and unlike virtually any explain to you have ever seen. There’s sets from fiddle and banjo instrumentals to powerful solos and balance vocals on blues, classic country, honky tonk, standard bluegrass numbers, old-timey ballads, originals, four-part mountain gospel songs – and some flat foot dancing. Fabled for their charisma on-stage and their capability to interact audiences of all centuries, this team has been carrying out during the Carter Fold since shows first began at A.P. Carter Grocery in 1970s.
The Whitetop hill Band the most preferred dance bands associated with Appalachian Mountains. They will have a good following at square dances around Virginia, vermont, Tennessee, and Kentucky at venues like Carter Fold. The group has actually performed through the U.S. at celebrations, shows, tournaments, and universities. The Smithsonian Folklike Festival, nationwide Folklife Festival, World musical Institute in New York City, the Carter Family Festival, the Dock Boggs Festival, society’s Fair, the Virginia Arts Festival, Floydfest, Ola Belle Reed Festival, and Merlefest are a few of the numerous celebrations which have featured the musical organization. The group has actually toured in England, Wales, Ireland, and Australian Continent. They will have taught at workshops and classes all over the U.S. Arhoolie, the Virginia first step toward the Humanities, JuneAppal, Heritage, and Rounder Records are a few for the labels they have recorded for. Furthermore, they have been featured in a lot of mags, television shows, and radio programs. Whitetop hill Band ended up being recently given the “Entertainer of the season” honor in old-time category within ACMA’s Blueridge Acoustic Uprising.
The musical organization originated with Albert Hash within the 1940s. Albert was a well-known and beloved fiddler and luthier. As a teenager, Albert enjoyed Henry Whitter of Grayson & Whitter. Grayson & Whitter recorded in the 1920s. The track “Hangman’s Reel” that Albert recorded is the identical version played by so many old time artists today. He taught Wayne Henderson, Audrey Ham, and many more to construct devices.
Into the 1970s, Albert’s brother-in-law, Thornton Spencer, along with his spouse Emily joined up with Albert within the Whitetop hill Band. The 3 also started a vintage time music system at Mt. Rogers class, a tiny K-12 public school in Whitetop. The students understand fiddle, banjo, electric guitar, bass, and dance. Emily Spencer has carried on the program, and contains gotten many local and nationwide interest for its’ uniqueness – including Grammy and CMT nominations.
The Whitetop Mountain Band remains carried on today by Thornton Spencer on fiddle and Emily Spencer on banjo and vocals. Their particular child, Martha Spencer plays because of the band too. She's a multi-instrumentalist (electric guitar, banjo, fiddle, and bass) and fine vocalist and performer. Jackson Cunningham plays mandolin, guitar, clawhammer banjo, and harmonica; in which he does vocals for the team. Jackson is originally from Oregon, and he’s played songs since early youth. He's got carried out with duet and trio groups and recorded regarding VFH label. Debbie Bramer relocated from Michigan to Fancy Gap, Virginia. She plays bass within the band and dances. Debbie is section of a few blocking groups and contains been energetic in many dance workshops and tournaments. Ersel Fletcher plays electric guitar and adds his vocal talent on group.