Harrietville Bluegrass and Traditional Country Music Convention 19th – 22nd November
The folks from the Harrietville Bluegrass and Old Time Music Convention have launched a new website delivering all of the details of this year’s convention.
The site includes news and information of the festival including details of the overseas acts secured for the 2010 convention.
Renowned bluegrass banjo master Ross Nickerson (banjoTeacher.com) returns to Harrietville with his bluegrass band Hungry Hill featuring Jenny Lester on Fiddle, Bob Hamilton on Mandolin, Mark Thibeault on Resophonic guitar, Nadine Landry on Double Bass.
Making another welcome return to Harrietville is Joe Dobbs who was born in Mississippi, where his grandfather also was a fiddler. After moving to Louisiana, Joe started playing the instrument when he was 10 years old. Joe lived in many locations throughout the South and Southwest over the years, finally moving to West Virginia in 1967 and staying there ever since. He has been active in the Mountain State’s folk music scene for 30 years as a fiddler, recording artist, instructor and lecturer.
Kim Johnson is from Kanawha County, WV, and has played banjo for more than 25 years. She performed and recorded with Wilson Douglas, one of West Virginia’s foremost old-time fiddlers. Joined by Rob McNurlin who was raised in Eastern Kentucky, the hymns in church, his parents records and a guitar on his ninth Christmas set him on a very musical path. You can hear them both on Kim’s latest CD Keepers.
Pigeonwing Strings – Multi instrumentalists Pria Schwall-Kearney (voice, fiddle, banjo, feet) and Greg Fair (voice, mandolin, guitar, banjo, percussion) play the music of the Appalachian Mountains not according to a formula but with passion and energy. They incorporate styles as diverse as American old-time music from the 1920-30s, Qubcois fiddle, close (brother-style) vocal harmonies & early bluegrass instrumentals.
The new site also features a program of events across the weekend and convention booking form and a page on Bluegrass Parkway who will be presenting their Radio Show program on the Thursday night of the festival.