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Music & Arts

  • Convention registration down, but some events' popularity growing

    Registration for the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention has decreased for the second time in five years, and the second year in a row.
    Contestants dropped from 1,909 last year to 1,833 for the contest that begins today, Monday. Last year, registration dropped from 2,004 contestants in 2010, the event's 75th anniversary.
    The registration figures were released by the Galax Moose Lodge #733, organizers of the 77-year-old event.

  • Artisan trail receives $815,000 grant

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Southwest Virginia’s ‘Round the Mountain (RTM) artisan network has been awarded a competitive grant of $815,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Appalachian Regional Commission.
    The innovation grant was awarded to Appalachian Spring, a creative economy initiative through the Friends of Southwest Virginia in partnership with the region’s planning district commissions, People Inc. and Virginia Community Capital, according to a press release from U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA).

  • Rex Theater hosts pre-convention show

    Two of the region’s best-known old-time traditional string bands will welcome visitors, fiddlers and fans to Galax with a special Saturday performance at the Historic Rex Theater in downtown Galax.
    The Crooked Road Ramblers and White Top Mountain Band will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5.
    The performance is just one day before gates open for the 77th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention at Felts Park. The Rex show will set the stage for a week of traditional string band music.

  • Mandolin players break world record in Galax (with video)

    For an hour, Danny Knicely quietly lurked around the registration table, often strumming on his mandolin or stopping to talk to old friends. But unlike the more than 300 other mandolin carriers at Felts Park on Tuesday afternoon, Knicely wasn’t wearing a numbered sticker.
    Then suddenly, he darted into a short line. Seconds later, he waved to a cheering crowd, wearing the number 384.

  • Andy Griffith dies at age 86

    “The Andy Griffith Show” had characters that were beloved all over the world, but here in Southwest Virginia, and especially in Galax — just down the road from the real “Mayberry” — they felt like family.
    Griffith’s kindly sheriff character of “Andy Taylor” was a role model of simple country wisdom, humor and compassion, and a father figure to many who tuned in to the show, which ran from 1960 to 1968.
    Griffith died Tuesday at his home in Manteo, N.C., at age 86.

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  • Galax-filmed music video premieres

    WATCH THE VIDEO! — LINK AT END OF STORY

    "Pretty Little Girl from Galax," a song performed by bluegrass band Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out and written by Milan Miller, has spent several weeks at the top of the bluegrass charts.

    The catchy, upbeat tune, released on their CD “Prime Tyme,” is about a fellow in North Carolina trying to get to Galax to see his sweetheart.

  • HoustonFest honors banjo player's music, service