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Music & Arts

  • 9/11 Poem: 'We Will Not Forget You'

    To those we loved and lost on Sept. 11, 2001  
    By Sharon Kaye Dalton, Hillsville

  • Art school awaiting final state grant

    It has been a busy year for Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, as staff has worked tirelessly with Galax grants administrator Brenda Marrah to secure enough funding for a woodworking studio in the downtown district.
    As the school draws close to submitting its final request to the Virginia Tobacco Commission for $125,000, CCSA Executive Director Chris Shackelford approached the members of Galax City Council on Aug. 12 to request their support one more time.

  • Audrey Hash Ham: 'A friend of the music'

    LANSING, N.C. — The legacy of Audrey Hash Ham goes on in the countless children she mentored in music in the Whitetop area and the dozens she taught the art of instrument building.
    The renowned instrument maker, artisan, musician, teacher and champion of mountain music died Aug. 2 at age 64 at her home in Lansing, N.C.
    Born in Grayson County, Va., Ham made her home in Ashe County, N.C., for many years.
    She learned to make dulcimers, then fiddles, from her father, Albert Hash.

  • Galax Fiddlers' Convention 2013 Winners

    The 78th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention was held Aug. 5-10, 2013, in Felts Park.

    BEST ALL AROUND PERFORMER

    Nicholas Goad - Stuart

  • Galax Fiddlers' Convention 2013 Slideshow

     

    Check out an ever-growing gallery of photos from the 2013 Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention by clicking this LINK.

    More photos will be added later this week and over the weekend.

    Enjoy!

  • Fiddlers' convention history revealed

    "Let's try a musical program." With those immortal words in 1935, the Galax Moose Lodge launched a legendary annual event that has grown to the world's largest gathering of bluegrass and old time musicians and fans.

    Fiddlers' conventions have branched out to other areas over the years, but Galax is still revered as the oldest and largest convention in the world.

  • Fiddlers' contestant registration holds steady

    Registration for the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention is down only 17 contestants overall from 2012, the smallest drop in registration numbers in several years.
    The registration figures were released by the Galax Moose Lodge #733, organizers of the 78-year-old event, the world’s largest gathering of bluegrass and old-time fans and musicians.

  • Thousands of fiddlin' fans will pack park Sunday morning

    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 78th Annual Old Fiddlers’ Convention. The competition opens Monday night and lasts through Aug. 10.
    Most of the convention’s expected 1,300 campers will show up Sunday to set up camp.

  • Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival & Guitar Competition is June 15

    If a lazy day atop one of Virginia’s highest mountains listening to the region’s best music sounds appealing, then the Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition is the place for you.
    It’s always on the third Saturday in June.
    The festival at Grayson Highlands State Park is an annual fundraiser for youth music scholarships. More than $47,000 has been awarded to aid young, local, traditional musicians in continuing their music education.

  • Rosanne Cash to perform at music center

    The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, in partnership with the Blue Ridge Parkway, has announced that singer, songwriter and author Rosanne Cash, along with guitarist John Leventhal, will headline a concert at the Blue Ridge Music Center on June 14, beginning at 7 p.m.
    The event complements the events of Galax’s Leaf & String Festival, which celebrates traditional mountain music.