Heather Berry grew up in Sherando, Virginia, which is located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in central Virginia. She got her first experience singing in front of a crowd in her grandfather's church in Waynesboro, Virginia, at age five. Listening to old Carter Family records, Heather learned early to accompany herself with guitar and autoharp. By age 12 she was singing with the Lewis Family and the Country Gentlemen. She formed her first band and recorded her first CD. Saturday, Febraury 18th, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by the Heather Berry and Tony Mabe Band. Admission to the concert is $7 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.
At 16, Heather recorded a gospel CD that included several songs she had written. Heather has released multiple CDs. She's worked with the Whites, Mac Wiseman, Eddie & Martha Adcock, Wayne Benson, Mike Bub, Chris & Sally Jones, Don Rigsby, Alecia Nugent, the Issacs, and many more notable musicians.
Tony Mabe, on banjo and vocals, was born and raised in Walnut Cove, North Carolina. His love for music began at the early age of four when he started playing southern gospel style piano. His instrumental abilities include banjo, upright bass, guitar, mandolin, autoharp, and piano. He's played for Bobby Atkins and the Countrymen (at age 14) and also with the Jeanette Williams Band. Tony and Heather have been married for several years and now reside in Meadows, North Carolina.
For more information, go to www.heatherberrymusic.com There will be several fine musicians backing Heather and Tony. We'll have lots of fiddle tunes for the dancers and some of the finest harmony this side of Heaven. Don't miss Heather Berry and Tony Mabe at the Carter Fold!
Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. For further information on the center, go to www.CarterFamilyFold.org. Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at www.CarterFoldShow.com.
Carter Music Center is part of the Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail. You can visit the Crooked Road Music Trail site at TheCrookedRoad.org. Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on Saturday's concert, contact the Mountain Music Museum at 276-645-0035. For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054.