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.
Two time Florida Banjo Champion and recording artist, Mary Z. Cox and award winning North Carolina fiddler, Tim Gardner, bring banjos, fiddle, guitar, vocals and banjo ukulele to the Songcatchers Music Series. Expect West Virginia tunes, North Carolina tunes, Florida tunes, blues, banjo/ fiddle duets, ukulele madness, and songs of heartbreak, love and even porcupines delivered in a fun and friendly performance.
Mary Z. has taught clawhammer banjo and mountain dulcimer from coast to coast including banjo for a decade at the John C. Campbell School in Brasstown, North Carolina. Her articles on banjo and dulcimer have appeared in Banjo Newsletter and Dulcimer Player News. For more details visit www.maryzcox.com.
Tim Gardner has been around traditional music since his early childhood, when he would travel to festivals with his parents, old-time music community pillars Lo and Mary Gordon. He began learning the fiddle at the age of seven, inspired by Kentucky fiddler J. P. Fraley, whom he met at the 1986 Galax Fiddlers Convention. Since then he was won high honors in fiddling at a number of events, including the historic Fiddlers Grove competition in Union Grove, NC. His recording, Timmetry, conveys his skill and understanding of different fiddling styles. He also plays clawhammer banjo and guitar and builds Cedar Mountain banjos.
· 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.