Whitetop Mountaineers will be performing live to air on Southern Style on 24th January. Southern Style is a long running and highly popular bluegrass and old-time music program hosted by Jan Dale and broadcasts out of Melbourne on PBS FM106.7.
For fans of American old-time mountain music (and roots music lovers alike), the Whitetop Mountaineers are a live act not to be missed. From Virginia, USA, Martha Spencer and Jackson Cunningham return to Australia by popular demand.
On their previous 5 visits the duo stunned and delighted audiences across the country with their performance of American mountain music, song & dance – they are the ‘real deal’. Both are skilled multi-instrumentalists – Jackson on guitar, mandolin & claw hammer banjo, and Martha on fiddle, guitar & banjo. They are both strong vocal performers and their close harmonies are indicative of the old-time and bluegrass traditions from which they draw their repertoire.
In addition to being a talented musician & singer, Martha is also an exceptional dancer and teacher of the art of Appalachian dance. Jackson is also a highly skilled luthier and his beautiful hand crafted fiddles are in high demand.
A lot of our music comes from local tradition and sources in the Appalachian Mountains. There is a big musical tradition and cultural heritage in Virginia where tunes, playing styles and songs are passed down in families, communities and generations. We both grew up in musical families and music & dancing has always been a big part of life. The Carter Family, Stanley Brothers, and Doc Watson all are from the same area and were influences. We also pull from old country like George Jones, bluegrass, and whatever music we like. Martha also enjoys writing a lot of songs that we perform – Jackson Cunningham.
Southern Style can also be streamed to your computer, so you might like to also catch Jan’s special in the archives of the PBS website.
- Southern Style with Jan Dale – PBS FM 106.7
- Tuesdays 1:00pm to 3:00pm or online at www.pbsfm.org.au.