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West Virginia's Hillbilly Gypsies at Historic Carter Fold

Hillbilly GypsiesHiltons, VA -- Saturday, August 27th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Hillbilly Gypsies. Hailing from the beautiful mountain state of West Virginia, the Hillbilly Gypsies have been making and performing their own brand of old time bluegrass and original mountain music for over a decade. Formed in 2001 from a chance meeting at the now infamous Wednesday night old time jam in Morgantown, West Virginia, the Hillbilly Gypsies have been pickin’ and grinnin’ and entertaining their loyal fans ever since.

Special Friday Night at Carter Fold with Tennessee Mafia Jug Band

Tennessee Mafia Jug BandHiltons, VA -- Friday, August 26th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special Friday night concert by the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, an old time band from Tennessee. From the pastoral hills, hollers, shopping malls, and interstate highways of Goodlettsville, Tennessee - home of Bill Monroe, Bashful Brother Oswald, Stringbean, Grandpa Jones, Keith Whitely - and some living country music performers - comes the most entertaining blast from the past since Lester Moran and the Cadillac Cowboys. They’re the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band – five guys and a scrubboard with roots like wisdom teeth.

Folk Soul Revival Returns to Carter Fold Saturday

Folk Soul RevivalHiltons, VA -- Saturday, August 20th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Folk Soul Revival.. Folk Soul Revival is a harmony drenched, boot stomping, rowdy and rootsy acoustic group from right here in the Appalachian Mountains. Their diversity, creativity, and passion are evident to anyone who’s ever seen them perform. With their distinct vocals, unique instrumentation, haunting four-part harmonies and sheer talent, the boys have garnered much success and have attracted a large following.

The McLain Family Band Brings Appalachian Bluegrass to Carter Fold

McLain Family BandHiltons, VA -- On Saturday, August 13th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by a long time popular group at the Fold, the McLain Family Band. Direct from the hills of Kentucky, The McLain Family Band has become internationally known as one of the most spontaneous, creative and spirited groups performing contemporary Appalachian bluegrass music. During the years 1968 – 1990, they performed in all 50 states and 62 countries during 14 international concert tours, some as musical ambassadors of the U.S. Department of State. The McLain Family Band played at the Grand Ole Opry, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Lincoln Center and the Carter Fold. They were featured at thousands of festivals and concerts and performed as soloists in more than 230 appearances with orchestras.

42nd Annual Carter Fold Festival August 5 & 6

Carter Family FoldHiltons, VA -- In the classic mountain ballad “Rank Strangers,” the narrator bemoans the changes that have occurred in his cherished home place. The fact that those changes do occur was brought home to music lovers worldwide with the death of Dr. Ralph Stanley recently. The Stanley Brothers version of “Rank Strangers” is undoubtedly the gold standard for this haunting ballad. Author Thomas Wolfe, himself from Appalachia, wrote that “you can’t go home again.” Some folks may say that modernization happens slower in Appalachia – and it does. When it does happen, it can feel as though the sacred musical traditions we grew up with are fading away.

Town Branch Bluegrass Band at Historic Carter Fold

Town Branch Bluegrass BandHiltons, VA -- Saturday, July 30th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Town Branch Bluegrass band. As long as bluegrass music has echoed through the hills and valleys of the Appalachian region, musicians of all ages have gathered together to play and preserve their favorite style of music.

Kilby Spencer & the Crooked Road Ramblers at Carter Fold July 23

Kilby Spencer & the Crooked Road RamblersSaturday, July 23rd, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special concert by Kilby Spencer & the Crooked Road Ramblers with special guest Leon Frost. The Crooked Road Ramblers play traditional old time dance music from the mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. Members of the band are Kilby Spencer on fiddle, John Perry on guitar, Peco Watson on clawhammer banjo, Donald Hill on guitar and vocals, Wayne Dye on mandolin and Karen Carr on bass and vocals. Most members of the band are second and third-generation musicians who now play old time mountain music influenced by their families and communities.

Carter Family Fold Presents Dry Hill Draggers Saturday

Dry Hill DraggesHiltons, VA -- Saturday, July 16th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Dry Hill Draggers. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. The Dry Hill Draggers started out in 1981. From Franklin County, Virginia, the group included Jimmy Boyd on banjo and his brother, Billy.

Spencer Branch at Carter Family Fold this Saturday

Spencer BranchSaturday, July 9th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special concert by Spencer Branch, an old time band. Spencer Branch is the collaboration of siblings Martha and Kilby Spencer from Whitetop Mountain along with North Carolina native Kelley Breiding. They play music drawn from their mountain heritage in addition to traditional country, bluegrass, and a healthy dose of original songs. Their vocal harmonies and exciting fiddle tunes are a powerful combination sure to keep you entertained.

Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band at Carter Fold July 2nd

Fiddlin’ Carson PetersSaturday, July 2nd, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free. There will be a film crew from a TV pilot entitled “Where I’m From” that focuses on Appalachia and small town America at the Fold that night doing interviews and filming the show. In addition, Appalachian Trail will be special guests performing during part of the show.

Whitetop Mountain Band at Historic Carter Family Fold June 25

Whitetop Mountain BandHiltons, VA -- Saturday, June 25th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by the Whitetop Mountain Band. Whitetop Mountain Band is a family-based band from the highest mountains of Virginia. Whitetop is an area rich in old time music tradition, and this band has deep roots in mountain music. The band’s members have worked tirelessly to preserve the region’s style of old time fiddling and banjo picking and are legendary musicians and teachers of the style.

Clinch Mountain Music Fest Saturday at Carter Family Fold

New Ballard's Branchy BogtrottersHiltons, VA -- Clinch Mountain Music Fest is ready for its 11th annual celebration of mountain music in Scott County, Virginia, on Saturday, June 18, 2016. The goal of Clinch Mountain Music Fest is to preserve and perpetuate the heritage of the Appalachian region through its’ music. Admission to the festival’s concerts is $10 for adults, $2 for children 6-11, and under 6 free. Doors at the Carter Fold open at 5 p.m., and the show kicks off a bit early at 7:00 p.m. – 30 minutes earlier than our normal start time.

Tune Town Old Time String Band at Carter Fold Saturday

Tune Town Old Time String BandHiltons, VA -- Saturday, June 4th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Tune Town Old Time String Band with Dr. Mark Handy and special guest Leon Frost.

Surefire Bluegrass Band a Sure Hit at Carter Fold Saturday

Surefire Bluegrass BandHiltons, VA -- Officially formed around 10 years ago when friends Tom Isaacs, Robby Norris, and John Bryan decided to turn their collective passion for bluegrass music into a band, Surefire represents some of the best bluegrass the North Carolina High Country has to offer. The band quickly went on to win several local and regional competitions and awards. Over the next few years, the group performed regionally and made a couple of recordings. They continue to perform as a group and individually. Saturday, May 28th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Surefire Bluegrass Band.

Carter Fold Presents Vernon McIntyre and Appalachian Grass May 21

Vernon McIntyre and Appalachian GrassSaturday, May 21st, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Vernon McIntyre and Appalachian Grass. Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass is a driving, five piece bluegrass band established in Cincinnati, Ohio, during the 1960’s. Vernon’s years of playing both banjo and guitar with the greats of bluegrass have honed his skills as an entertainer and make him uniquely qualified to define the traditional bluegrass sound of the Appalachian Grass.

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