Chestnut Creek School of the Arts in Galax, Virginia will be holding a Crooked Road Masters Music Weekend with old-time workshops and a concert the weekend of March 1 and 2. Eddie Bond will be teaching intermediate fiddle during the weekend. We will also have Kirk Sutphin teaching intermediate banjo, and Joe "joebass" Dejarnette teachning bass. The workshops meet Saturday, March 1, 9-4 and Sunday, March 2, 10-3, plus there is a house-style concert on Saturday evening, 7-9.
Eddie Bond is one of the most respected old-time fiddlers in the Blue Ridge Mountain region. He grew up in Fries, Virginia, where the fiddle and banjo are still welded in a Virginia dance tradition. Eddie is the fiddler and lead singer in the Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters, and is a frequent winner of many fiddle contests, including the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention. Click here to listen to Eddie and Kirk playing Rockingham Cindy.
Kirk Sutphin grew up in Walkertown, North Carolina, heavily exposed to traditional music of the region from the Round Peak fiddle styles of Surry County to the banjo picking of Charlie Poole. He has learned tunes from many musicians born around the turn of the 20th century. Kirk is an excellent banjo player in both clawhammer and finger-picking styles.
Joe Dejarnette (AKA joebass) is widely known as a bass player, as well as sound engineer and record producer. He plays everything from straight-ahead old-time to music that defies being categorized in a specific genre. He toured with the WIYOs for many years and has played formally and informally with many old-time stringbands. His bass class is open to all levels, whether you've just recently gotten a bass, or have been playing for years and want some new ideas.
For more information, and to register for these workshops, go to www.chestnutcreekarts.org or call 276-236-3500.