Bluegrass & Old-Time Concert w/The Country Boys and The New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters (CANCELLED)
Venue: Edwards Hall (New River Community College), Dublin
Organizations: New River Community College Fiddle, Banjo & Dance Club, The Country Boys, The New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters
Date: Saturday, January 12, 2019
Time: 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Event Types: Music
Cost: Free
Description:
UPDATE: Due to the expected inclement weather, this concert has been cancelled.

New River Community College's Fiddle, Banjo & Dance Club brings you a night of bluegrass and old-time music featuring The Country Boys and The New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters at 117 Edwards Hall located on the college's Dublin, VA campus.

The Country Boys have been playing traditional bluegrass and bluegrass gospel music throughout North Carolina and Virginia for over 40 years. The present band is made up of Johnny Joyce, Tim Bowman, J. A. Midkiff, Kevin Easter, Doug Joyce and Donald Clifton.

Joyce joined the band in 1973 as the tenor singer and guitarist. Midkiff followed in 1984 as the fiddle player. In 1987, Bowman began as the banjo player and Easter became the mandolin player in 2003. Clifton, the youngest member, came on board in 2012. The band cites the Country Gentleman and the Osborne Brothers as some of their musical influences.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=af0PA0M_-xQ

About 25 years ago a group of musicians from the Galax, VA area formed a new band. The New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters took their name, in part from the original Bogtrotters of the 1930's also because band leader Dennis Hall lives on Ballards Branch. They won the very first fiddlers Convention in Galax setting a precedence for all that follow in their footsteps.

The New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters continue to play in the traditional Appalachian string-band style often playing for square dances around the region. Old time music is alive and well, and continues to attract fans of all ages. The New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters remain a driving force in carrying the traditional music of the Virginia/Carolina Blue Ridge into the new millennium. It is our hope to be an inspiration for future generations of mountain musicians!

Link: https://www.facebook.com/thenewballardsbranchbogtrotters

Admission is free and all are welcome. Donations will be accepted to help with travel expenses for the musicians.

Jamborees are held the second Saturday of each month, October through April at New River Community College's Dublin campus, a Crooked Road affiliated venue.

Doors open at 5:00 pm and the music starts at 6:00 pm.

To view the event flyer, visit: https://i.imgur.com/2s5gdCO.jpg.

For more information, https://www.nr.edu/news/more.php?id=1388 or https://www.nr.edu/fiddle/ or call Tim Jones at 540-674-3683..
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