The Songcatchers Music Series, now in its 15th year, showcases acoustic music with roots in the Southern Appalachians and the musicians who nurture the tradition of passing this heritage on to others. The Songcatchers Music series is an official part of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area’s Blue Ridge Music Trail. Morrow Insurance Agency is this year’s sponsor.
Coming to the Cradle of Forestry from the South Carolina Upstate, Bob and Amy Buckingham have been performing together since 2002. They share a wide range of Americana music from old time, folk and blues to fiddle tunes and contemporary material, including originals. Their CD, Chickens in Paradise, came out in 2016 and features a wide range of material that reflects their live shows.
Amy Buckingham has been singing and playing her guitar for many decades. Her vocals will capture your attention as will her prowess on fiddle and banjo. She is modest about her abilities, but they speak well for themselves. Let’s just say, Amy’s fiddling will set your feet to tapping and your heart to singing. She has recorded with the BattleAxe Band and other artists on bass, guitar and banjo.
Bob Buckingham plays the fiddle, mandolin, and banjo, and loves to sing the blues. He has actively played old time and bluegrass music since finding like-minded musicians while serving in the military many years ago. For the past several decades he has performed with various musical groups around much of the country. Both he and Amy are founding members of the Blue Ridge Rounders. He is a respected teacher and writer, considered quite knowledgeable about the music, its history and nuances. He has appeared on over a dozen recordings playing fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitar.
· Local musicians are often on site at 3:00 p.m. to jam before the concert
· Concert begins with a warm-up at 4:00 p.m. After a short break the featured performer will begin.
· Concerts take place in the wheelchair accessible, covered outdoor amphitheater unless storms move them inside the Forest Discovery Center.
· Admission for this event is $6.00 for ages 16 and older, $3.00 for youth 15 and under, America the Beautiful Pass holders, and Golden Age Passport holders.