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Music & Arts

  • Church Sisters join Galax musical community

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    The Church Sisters, a bluegrass gospel group from Danville, are picking up and moving to Galax to further their music career and become more involved with the local music scene.
    It all began in 2006, when aspiring singer Savannah Church entered a talent competition. “It was just me and my dad, who played guitar,” she said. “I didn’t make it in myself. I thought I was a good singer, but evidently not!”

  • HoustonFest 2013 set for May 3-4

    HoustonFest organizers have announced their lineup of top bluegrass, old-time and country performers that will play at this year’s HoustonFest, “A Celebration of Song and Service,” on May 3 and 4 at Felts Park in Galax, according to a news release for the event.

  • Ray Burnette and The Moonlighters secure place in Galax history

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Friends, family and fans gathered to celebrate with the members of Ray Burnette and the Moonlighters on March 30, as a display following the band’s history was unveiled at the Jeff Matthews Memorial Museum in Galax.
    Ray Burnette and the Moonlighters formed in the late 1960s and performed until the early 1980s.
    They were a variety band, “playing country, country rock, rockabilly, bluegrass, gospel or whatever people wanted to hear,” said drummer Jim Doane of Galax.

  • HoustonFest to award grants and scholarships

    Last year’s  Houston Caldwell Music Scholarship recipients will be showcased in a special performance during this year’s festival.
    Last year’s recipients — Jared Boyd, Brandy Miller, Danielle Yother, Daniel Greeson and Catherine Conner — will perform during HoustonFest 2013, which is scheduled for May 3-4 at Felts Park in Galax.
    HoustonFest is organized and presented by Galax Volunteer Fire Department and community volunteers.

  • Hillsville plans first Gospel Day event

    HILLSVILLE — Voices will be raised in praise at the first-ever Gospel Day June 1 in Jail House Square in Hillsville, a musical event meant to appeal to locals and visitors alike.
    David Young, Pipers Gap Ward representative on Hillsville Town Council, long wanted to stage a gospel music celebration to go along with the slate of beach bands that play the summer Downtown Celebrations.

  • 'Fancy Gap' novel tops Amazon charts

    FANCY GAP — Only one author with Carroll County ties has topped the Amazon sales charts for an action-adventure series.
    David “Bubba” Gelly saw possibilities in the infamous fog of Fancy Gap — as a shroud of mystery for the setting in his fictional thriller.
    To write "Fancy Gap," Gelly combined his experience as a corporate security supervisor with his love of writing and his interest in the local culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains to pen this tale of a loathsome crime.

  • VIDEO: Galax Middle School Choir performance

     

    The Galax Middle School Choir recently entertained the city's school board with a selection of songs. At the board's February meeting, the choir lined up behind a row of shelves in the GHS library, where they performed two songs: "Hot Chocolate" and "Amani Utupe Na Ustawi," which means "Grant us peace, give us courage" in Swahili. Four members of the choir have made it into the all-district choir, while nine submissions had been accepted for the state middle school choir.

  • Music trail chooses harmony over discord

    The Crooked Road has ended its effort to achieve National Heritage Area status, after Tea Party groups alleged that the move would put local land use decisions under federal control. The trail that includes the Twin Counties would have been eligible for federal grants to promote mountain music.

  • Show to benefit Galax musician

    An upcoming benefit concert will help pay for a fitting memorial for a late local musician.
    Proceeds from the March 16 concert at Galax’s historic Rex Theater will be donated towards a cemetery stone for Artie Marshall (1927-2003).
    On March 16, Artie’s husband Jim Marshall will perform at the Rex with many of his musical friends, including Stevie Barr & Friends, The Wolfe Brothers, Kyle-Dean & Snake Smith, Willard Gayheart & Bobby Patterson, Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones and other special guests.

  • Public art project to feature fiddles

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    It’s not every month someone brings a giant fiddle to a Galax City Council meeting.
    “If you think this is large, you should see a full-sized fiddle. This one is only a three-quarter [size]!” laughed Chris Shackelford of Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, as she carefully leaned the sleek instrument against a nearby column where the council members could get a full view.
    Shackelford was there at the Jan. 28 meeting to help sing the praises of a musical-themed public art project.