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Music & Arts

  • Festival will bring Hillsville alive with sound of music

    HILLSVILLE – A new music festival is coming to town, giving residents and tourists another option for their Labor Day weekend celebrations.

    With the annual flea market taking place along West Stuart Drive, South Main Street will be abuzz with music, food and vendors of a different type inviting attendants to “shake off the fleas.”

  • Fulton rediscovers love of music

    FRIES — Rickey Fulton, a local songwriter from Fries, says that music was a tradition in his family that he continues to celebrate today.

    Over the years, he has found a deep appreciation for the values of gospel, bluegrass and country music, and gives credit to God for his ability to create new songs for the community to enjoy.

  • Edwards plans to take dance conservatory to next stage

    Staff Report

    At the school where she trained to dance as a youth, Taylor Edwards is returning to Galax to serve as director of dance education at The Conservatory of Dance and Theatre.

    Edwards, who completed her training with the Galax Youth Ballet and The Conservatory of Dance and Theatre in 2010, will be expanding the recreation dance program; offering dance classes such as jazz, tap and modern; and also adding additional classes to the preschool and elementary age programs.

  • 81st Annual Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention Winners

    Winners of the 81st Annual Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention, held Aug. 8-13 in Felts Park, include:

    BEST ALL-AROUND PERFORMER

    Ivy Phillips - Chapmansboro, Tenn.

    OLD-TIME FIDDLE

    1. Jake Krack - Marlington, W.Va.

    2. Richard Bowman - Mount Airy, N.C.

    3. Billy Hurt - Boones Mill

    4. Eddie Bond - Fries

    5. Nathan Leath - Taylorsville, N.C.

    6. Henry Barnes - Columbus, Ohio

    7. Andrew Small - Elizabeth City, N.C.

  • Sprung Was Here

    To listen to Roger Sprung talk is to be lifted on a flowing, apparently ceaseless narrative of anecdotes, observations and jokes told in asides, all delivered with a deadpan New York accent straight from Henny Youngman’s nightclub act.

    To see the letters hanging from the tent next to his trailer (“SPRUNG IS HERE”) in Felts Park near the yellow tent is to know you’re in the right place and indeed the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention has truly commenced.

  • Park transforms into Music City

    As dawn broke last Sunday, the city wasn’t there.

    By mid-afternoon, it had appeared again, seemingly risen out of the grassy field — a bustling musical metropolis peopled by thousands of pickers, players and fans that materializes for seven days each August and then dissipates the following Sunday morning.

    The photos in Pat Jarrett’s “7 Days in Galax” exhibit take the viewer into this “city,” the Felts Park campground of the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention.

  • At age 92, Frye recalls attending first fiddlers' convention

    Sitting in Felts Park at the First Baptist Church’s Good Samaritan tent (offering free nonalcoholic beverages for the weary, thirsty and just plain broke) at the 81st Annual Galax Old Fiddlers Convention is Imogene Frye, 92, a Galax native who can make a boast few can match: she attended and remembers the first-ever fiddlers’ convention.

  • Documentary puts convention in spotlight

    Julie Simone and Vicki Vlasic (aka the Semones sisters) had lived away from their hometown of Hillsville for quite some time when their childhood memories of the Blue Ridge Mountains inspired the idea for a documentary film.

    The film, titled “Fiddlin,” is in the editing phase of post-production and will be submitted to film festivals around the world in the coming months.

  • Thousands expected for annual fiddlers’ convention

    Staff Reports

    An estimated 40,000 musicians and fans will descend on Galax starting this weekend. Felts Park will open its gates at 7 a.m. Sunday for the 81st Annual Old Fiddlers’ Convention.

    The competition opens Monday night and lasts through Aug. 13, but most of the convention’s expected 1,300 campers will show up Sunday to set up.

  • Ralph Stanley, bluegrass icon, passes away at 89

    Staff Reports

    Ralph Stanley, the influential, Grammy Award-winning bluegrass musician, died June 23, 2016. He was 89.

    Stanley’s death was announced by his grandson, Nathan Stanley. “My heart is broken into pieces,” Nathan wrote last Thursday in a post on Facebook. “My papaw, my dad, and the greatest man in the world, Dr. Ralph Stanley has went home to be with Jesus just a few minutes ago. He went peacefully in his sleep due to a long, horrible battle with skin cancer.”