Music & Arts

  • Metal festival spotlights growing music scene

    INDEPENDENCE — Ten metal bands from across the southeast threw down their heaviest tracks for the Leprechaun Bash Metal Festival at the Independence VFW Post 7726 from March 6-7. The event was the first-ever two-night heavy metal festival in Southwest Virginia.

  • Two-day metal fest to rock Independence

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — While the Grayson County area regularly receives recognition for its bluegrass and country music, heavy metal and rock have a Grayson following also worth noting.

  • Visual journals a medium for art, reflection

    Journal Fodder Junkies came to Chestnut Creek School of the Arts last weekend, providing visual journal enthusiasts with lots of ideas and hands-on experience in two day-long workshops.

    “Journal Fodder Junkies is just myself and David [David R. Modler],” said Eric Scott, JFJ’s other co-founder. “Dave got me into visual journals, and we’ve been doing it for the last 17 years now.”

  • Annabelle's Curse blessed with help, fans

    Annabelle’s Curse sounds like a dark family secret, or maybe a play regarding the same. In fact, it’s the name of a band based out of Bristol, started in 2010.

    What kind of music comes from having such a spooky name? According to guitarist and occasional pianist Zack Edwards, a Galax native: “Annabelle’s Curse isn’t tied to any one particular genre. We all have different influences and very different backgrounds.”

    (The band’s Facebook page uses the descriptor “alt-folk.”)

  • Filmmaker focuses on Crooked Road in documentary

    WOODLAWN — The Fiddle and the Plow at Front Porch Gallery will host a showing of “Crooked,” an independent film about The Crooked Road today, Friday, at 7 p.m.

    “Crooked” is a Kickstarter-financed film project written and directed by David Ensign and his son, Martin Lederle Ensign.

  • Galax artist carves out legacy

    Christina Pollins-Shackelford, Chestnut Creek School of the Arts’ executive director, recalls the toil that went into the work of art she’s spent countless hours creating.

    She stands beside it, a huge sculpture of an older man and his two young daughters. Their shoulders and faces seems to rise up and out of the limestone block that she carved them from over nine painstaking months. The work took place outdoors in her back yard, “in single-digit temperatures and in the 90s,” as she puts it.

  • Alice Gerrard, others, to perform at CCSA in Galax

    A woman who helped blaze a trail for other female musicians in folk and bluegrass will perform this Saturday at the Chestnut Creek School of the Arts in Galax.

    Alice Gerrard, a former Galax resident and founder of the Old-time Herald magazine, is considered an influential musician for her time recording and performing with Hazel Dickens and Mike Seeger.

    CCSA will host a concert on Nov. 15 from 7-9 p.m., with Gerrard, Gail Gillespie, Kay Justice and Joe Dejarnette.

  • Fall Into Art 2014

    Chestnut Creek School of the Arts held its annual Fall Into Art festival on Sept. 20, on Grayson Street and in the school building in downtown Galax.

    Attendees took part in several art challenge activities. Their work is on display as part of the Fall Into Art exhibit from now until Oct. 3. People’s Choice prizes will be awarded for these pieces based on public voting; any member of the public can stop by CCSA to vote for their favorites in several categories.

  • Fries Fiddlers' Convention starts Aug. 15 at new venue

    FRIES – Now that the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention is over, it’s time to move on to Fries for the Old Fiddlers Convention sponsored by the Fries Volunteer Fire Department.

    This year’s convention, the 47th annual, gets underway Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. at the old Providence School. This is the first convention at the old school site. It has been held at the Fries Ball Park in years past.

  • 2014 Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention Winners


    Eddie Bond - Fries


    1. Eddie Bond, Galax

    2. Jake Krack - St. Albans, W.Va.

    3. Tessa Dillon - St. Albans, W.Va.

    4. Kilby Spencer - Galax

    5. Joe Furtado - Front Royal

    6. Kitty Amaral - Elk Creek

    7. Corrina Logston - Nashville, Tenn.

    8. Nate Leath - Charlottesville

    9. Richard Bowman - Mount Airy, N.C.

    10. Erika Testerman - Lansing, N.C.