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Music & Arts

  • Galax artist carves out legacy

    Christina Pollins-Shackelford, Chestnut Creek School of the Arts’ executive director, recalls the toil that went into the work of art she’s spent countless hours creating.

    She stands beside it, a huge sculpture of an older man and his two young daughters. Their shoulders and faces seems to rise up and out of the limestone block that she carved them from over nine painstaking months. The work took place outdoors in her back yard, “in single-digit temperatures and in the 90s,” as she puts it.

  • Alice Gerrard, others, to perform at CCSA in Galax

    A woman who helped blaze a trail for other female musicians in folk and bluegrass will perform this Saturday at the Chestnut Creek School of the Arts in Galax.

    Alice Gerrard, a former Galax resident and founder of the Old-time Herald magazine, is considered an influential musician for her time recording and performing with Hazel Dickens and Mike Seeger.

    CCSA will host a concert on Nov. 15 from 7-9 p.m., with Gerrard, Gail Gillespie, Kay Justice and Joe Dejarnette.

  • Fall Into Art 2014

    Chestnut Creek School of the Arts held its annual Fall Into Art festival on Sept. 20, on Grayson Street and in the school building in downtown Galax.

    Attendees took part in several art challenge activities. Their work is on display as part of the Fall Into Art exhibit from now until Oct. 3. People’s Choice prizes will be awarded for these pieces based on public voting; any member of the public can stop by CCSA to vote for their favorites in several categories.

  • Fries Fiddlers' Convention starts Aug. 15 at new venue

    FRIES – Now that the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention is over, it’s time to move on to Fries for the Old Fiddlers Convention sponsored by the Fries Volunteer Fire Department.

    This year’s convention, the 47th annual, gets underway Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. at the old Providence School. This is the first convention at the old school site. It has been held at the Fries Ball Park in years past.

  • 2014 Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention Winners

    BEST ALL-AROUND PERFORMER

    Eddie Bond - Fries

    OLD-TIME FIDDLE

    1. Eddie Bond, Galax

    2. Jake Krack - St. Albans, W.Va.

    3. Tessa Dillon - St. Albans, W.Va.

    4. Kilby Spencer - Galax

    5. Joe Furtado - Front Royal

    6. Kitty Amaral - Elk Creek

    7. Corrina Logston - Nashville, Tenn.

    8. Nate Leath - Charlottesville

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

    10. Erika Testerman - Lansing, N.C.

    DOBRO

  • Origins of 'Hillbilly' music found in Galax area

    There’s no short answer to explain how “hillbillies” invented American music, local music historian Joe Wilson says.

    It’s “all the pieces of the truth that fit together” that allow him to tell the story of where hillbilly music — old-time and, later, bluegrass — came from in about an hour, but the story is much deeper.

  • Tomorrow's talents take the stage

    The 79th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention opened Aug. 4 with youth competition, showcasing the best up-and-coming artists in bluegrass and old-time music.

  • Fiddlers' convention registration drops by 141

    Registration for the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention is down by 141 contestants from 2013, one of the largest drops in the past four years.

    Registration numbers had been declining slowly but steadily for the past three years, after topping out at 2,004 contestants for the event’s 75 anniversary in 2010. This year’s total is 1,675.

    The registration figures were released by the Galax Moose Lodge #733, organizers of the 79-year-old event, the world’s largest gathering of bluegrass and old-time fans and musicians.

  • Fiddlers will flock to Galax this weekend

    Galax’s population will soar in the coming week, as thousands of fiddlin’ fans descend on the city. Felts Park will open its gates at 7 a.m. Sunday for the 79th Annual Old Fiddlers’ Convention. The competition opens Monday night and lasts through Aug. 9.

    Most of the convention’s expected 1,300 campers will show up Sunday to set up camp.

  • BBQ contest adds People's Choice award

    This year’s 10th Annual Smoke on the Mountain barbecue contest will be held July 18-19 in downtown Galax.

    For the first time, the public will have a chance to vote in a People’s Choice contest, sponsored by Horton's Supermarket of Galax.