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Music & Arts

  • Local potters are wizards with clay

    Staff Report

    Jessie Benson brings her unique beeswax and oil paintings to City Gallery in downtown Galax in her new show, “Love Takes Flight.”

    An open house and reception will he held Thursday from 5-8 p.m. for Benson, and to showcase the work of other artists: Ann Childress, Emily Whitworth, Peach Bottom Pottery and HeartMoss Pottery.

  • 'Mr. Country Gold' signs off

    On WBRF 98.1’s, July 28 “Mr. Country Gold” show, DJs Derrick Davis and J.D. Higgins — Mr. Country Gold himself — played many songs about saying goodbye.

    That’s no great surprise; lots of classic country songs, like the old-time mountain music they spring from, are about sadness, loss and regret.

    But there was a special poignancy to this episode: it was Higgins’ last one.

  • 2018 Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention Winners

    Winners of the 83rd Annual Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention included hometown heroes, regional favorites and musicians from several U.S. states; as well as a trio of international champions from Norway, Australia and Canada. The competition was held Aug. 6-11 in Felts Park, drawing an estimated crowd of 40,000 people over the week.

    Best All-Around Performer

    Aila Wildman — Floyd

    Old-Time Fiddle

    1. Aila Wildman - Floyd

    2. Mattias Thedens - Oslo, Norway

  • Documentary focuses on fiddling

    How do you make an award-winning documentary about the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention?

    Well, for starters, it helps if you’re local.

    Sisters Julie Simone, who lives in Los Angeles, and Vicki Vlasic, who now hails from just outside Detroit, both grew up in Hillsville. They remember a time when their TV only got two TV channels, on which they saw “The Beverly Hillbillies” and “Green Acres.” Though both left the Twin Counties to explore the world, Simone also remembers another childhood pleasure.

  • Thousands headed to Galax for 83rd annual fiddlers’ convention

    An estimated 40,000 musicians and fans will descend on Galax starting this weekend.

    Felts Park will open its gates at 7 a.m. Sunday for the 83rd Annual Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention.

    The competition opens Monday and lasts through Aug. 11, but most of the convention’s expected 1,300 campers showed up Sunday to set up.

  • Rediscover your wild side at FloydFest

    FLOYD — Just down the road from Galax, music fans can answer the call of the wild this week at FloydFest 18~Wild, an outdoor music festival featuring an eclectic mix of superstars and local favorites, including Foster The People, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Old Crow Medicine Show, Gov’t Mule, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, Tyler Childers and Greta Van Fleet.

    The award-winning festival features 100 bands on eight stages over five days, right in the Blue Ridge Mountains town of Floyd, from July 25-29, 2018.

  • Arts committee seeks approval for $15K mural

    Banners, boards and budgets dominated the July 9 Galax City Council meeting after recognitions, retirements and installations.

    Chris Pollins, in her role as head of the city’s Public Arts Committee, requested that council present the Galax Planning Commission with a sketch for a mural to be done on the low wall outside Chestnut Creek School of the Arts’ West Oldtown Street woodworking studio.

    Pollins is also director of the school.

  • Eddie Bond wins NEA Heritage Fellowship award

    FRIES — Acclaimed fiddler Eddie Bond of Fries is among the recipients of the prestigious 2018 National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Bond, a lifelong resident of Grayson County, grew up in the heart and capital of old-time music.

  • GHS presents classic musical "Grease"

    The ‘50s-sendup musical “Grease” is coming to Galax High School this weekend, with over 35 students from GHS in the cast and crew, director Emily Brown and musical director Allison Deel, and enhanced with a live band comprised of Belinda Kohl on piano, Evan Nuckolls on drums and Luke Reeves on guitar.

  • Benefit concert will help Carter Home renovation

    HILLSVILLE – Managers and volunteers of the historic Hale-Wilkinson-Carter Home in Hillsville have been working diligently to raise funds in hopes of continuing restoring the interior design and paying for maintenance and repairs to the building’s foundation and grounds.

    A fundraiser concert will be held this weekend to bring in more money for those efforts.