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Music & Arts

  • 'Fiddle & Plow' added to state music trail

    The Fiddle and the Plow in Woodlawn will be presented with a banner at 7 p.m. on Sept. 7 to acknowledge the weekly event’s recent inclusion as a Crooked Road affiliated venue.
    It will be represented in Crooked Road publicity and promotional materials.
    The Fiddle and the Plow is hosted by accomplished musicians Willard Gayheart and Scott Freeman.
    Visitors to The Fiddle and the Plow gather every Friday evening in the showroom of Willard’s Front Porch Gallery & Frame Shop to hear traditional old-time and bluegrass music.

  • UPDATE: Quilters to compete at Stories of the Stitch

    UPDATED 9/7/12:

    The annual Stories of the Stitch quilt show and fiber arts showcase, originally scheduled for Sept. 8, has been rescheduled to Sept. 15.
    All times and events will remain the same, said Laura Romanowski of the Arts Council of the Twin Counties. The only change is that Bill and Maggie Anderson will not be able to perform.

  • 'Beehive' musical opens Sept. 6

     

  • In novel, locals lose power and find strength

    Writer Michael Abraham talks about “Providence, VA,” the story of a massive power outage that strikes the Galax area and forces people into self-reliance.

  • Tea Party condemns Crooked Road plan

     

  • Fries Fiddlers' Convention winners announced

    FRIES — The Fries Volunteer Fire Department, organizers of the 46th Annual Fries Fiddlers Convention, have released the winners of the event, held earlier this month at the town’s ball field.
    Tony Hicks won the Jesse Lovell Memorial Trophy for best youth guitar.
    Victor Furtado won the Houston Caldwell Memorial Trophy for best all-around youth performer.
    Tommy Nichols won the Henry Whitter Memorial Trophy for best all-around performer.

    Youth Competition Winners
    (beginning with first place)

  • GALAX OLD FIDDLERS' CONVENTION 2012 WINNERS

     

    Winners of the 77th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention, held August 6-11, 2012:

  • 'Sprung Is Here' — for 47 years at Galax convention

    For more than 47 years, 81-year-old bluegrass legend Roger Sprung has graced Galax and the Old Fiddlers’ Convention with his presence.
    The banjo master travels from Newtown, Conn., making a stop at the Clifftop Festival in West Virginia before stopping in Galax each year.
    Sitting at his own spot behind the convention stage, suspended letters above his tent announce “SPRUNG IS HERE.”
    A cardboard sign written in black marker indicates a schedule of jam sessions at his campsite.

  • Project keeps late fiddler's memory alive

    Old video footage, music recordings and photos are helping to keep alive the memory and musical influence of the late Greg Hooven, a Galax native and beloved fiddle player.
    Karin Marro Magno became friends with him in 1989 and joined his band, Greg Hooven and The Galax Way. She has begun a not-for-profit project in an effort to remember and pass on Hooven’s influence to upcoming old-time musicians.

  • Fiddlers' convention going strong at 77 years

    To those who attend the Old Fiddlers’ Convention, Galax isn’t a place, it’s a state of mind.
    When they say, “Do you remember that jam in the handicapped Porta-John at Galax?” they don’t mean the city, they mean the event.
    (They not only once had a full band in the Porta-John, they also had dancers.)