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Augusta Old-Time Week Concert & Dance

August 4, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 11:55 pm


Join us for concerts each Tuesday and Thursday evening, July 7 through August 6. Performances by master musicians, vocalists, and dancers who are instructors at Augusta for the summer sessions.

General admission tickets: $12.
Student tickets: $6, available with student ID at the Box Office only on the night of the concert.
Concert ticket includes admission to the dance in the open-air Augusta pavilion following the concert.

Augusta season pass available here, and includes admission to the dances in the open-air Augusta pavilion following the concerts, as well as the Mountain Stage Festival Concert on Saturday, August 8.

Old-time week instructors:

Joe “Joebass” DeJarnette
Originally from Madison, Virginia, Joebass discovered old-time music through 78 rpm records which he began collecting at age 6. Eventually he traveled to Brooklyn, NY where he spent a decade playing music full time throughout the US and internationally, concluding with over two dozen shows on the 2009 Bob Dylan/Willie Nelson tour. He now runs Studio 808A, a “band and breakfast” recording studio that specializes in traditional music, working with artists such as Bruce Greene, Lake Street Dive, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. He currently plays with the band the Bucking Mules, who took first at Clifftop in 2012 and 2014.

Ben Townsend
Since growing up in Romney, WV, Ben Townsend has studied the music extensively on both banjo and fiddle. As a member of The Fox Hunt and Old Sledge, and now as a solo performer, Ben has traveled across the country and around the world spreading his take on West Virginia old-time music. He has shared the stage with acts varying from Ralph Stanley to the Henry Girls of County Donegal, Ireland to the Taiko drummers of Yamagata Prefecture, Japan. Ben recently returned from a cycle tour from West Virginia to California collecting old-time tunes and stories for several upcoming projects.

Mark Olitski
Mark Olitsky has taught clawhammer banjo in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio for the last 25 years and has participated in banjo workshops in Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina and California. Mark has been interviewed/reviewed in The Old-Time Herald, Banjo Newsletter and Bluegrass Unlimited. He was selected to represent old-time banjo in the First Voice film project in 2009, showcasing Ohio roots musicians. He won the 2012 Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Seth Rosenberg prize for performing arts.

Greg Adams
is an archivist, ethnomusicologist and musician. For 20 years, Greg has been working with researchers, collectors, musicians, dancers and instrument builders to foreground the banjo’s multicultural history. Grounded in critical heritage research and programming, his efforts include fieldwork in West Africa, compiling data about banjo-related material culture and co-curating the exhibit Making Music: The Banjo in Baltimore and Beyond. Greg currently works as an archivist in Washington, DC, and regularly lectures and performs at universities, museums and historical sites. Learn more about his collaborations in Stephen Wade’s Banjo Newsletter interview “Greg Adams: Making the Early Banjo Audible.”

Riley Baugus
Riley Baugus was born and raised near Winston-Salem, North Carolina, started playing banjo at the age of 10, inspired by the traditional Appalachian music that he heard in his family’s community in the Blue Ridge mountains of NC and on the records played and cherished by his family. He also learned as a young man from such greats as Tommy Jarrell, Dix Freeman and Robert Sykes. Riley has played with numerous old-time stringbands, including The Red Hots and the Old Hollow Stringband, and currently plays with Dirk Powell, Old Buck and with Ira Bernstein. He built the banjos that appear in the Academy Award winning film “Cold Mountain,” and his singing features on the soundtrack. Riley has toured throughout the US, Canada, Europe and recently in Australia. You can also hear Riley’s work on the Grammy Award winning recording by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, “Raising Sand”, and the Willie Nelson release called, “Country Music.”

Jason Sypher
is a restless creative force on the upright bass. He has lived in the mountains of North Carolina and on the canals of Amsterdam absorbing the music wherever he travels. He has performed and recorded with Leon Redbone; Joe Newberry; Irma Thomas; Clifton Chenier, Jr.; Little Freddie King; Kermit Ruffins; Clarence Gatemouth Brown; Raphael McGregor; Mark Olitsky; Laurelyn Dossett; Lunasa and Grammy award winning Irish singer Susan McKeown. In the fall of 2014 he toured with the Carolina Chocolate Drops and will tour throughout 2015 with the talented Rhiannon Giddens in support of her first T-Bone Burnett produced solo record.

Erynn Marshall
has carved out a niche for herself as an old-time fiddler in North America and abroad. She has played for thirty-five years, performed and taught at many music camps in the US, Canada and England and learned old-time music from visiting 80- to 95-year-old southern fiddlers and singers. Erynn authored the book Music in the Air Somewhere on West Virginia fiddle and song traditions, filmed an instructional DVD and recorded four CDs. She has won many awards including a prestigious first place in fiddle at “Clifftop” (The Appalachian Stringband Festival), in West Virginia. Erynn lives in Galax, Virginia.

Shay Garriock
(Fiddle II, Int.)
is a Virginia native and has spent over 30 years studying and striving to emulate “old-timers” from Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina. Shay is a respected old-time fiddler in Southwest Virginia and has won numerous awards. Most notably in 1998 he won First Place in the Old-Time Fiddle category at the Appalachian Stringband Festival. Shay currently owns and operates a violin shop in Pittsboro, NC, where he makes and repairs violins and regularly teaches individual and group fiddle lessons.

Emily Schaad
has been playing and teaching music for nearly her whole life. With a background in classical music and public school music education, she went to North Carolina to earn an MA in Appalachian studies, learning from well-known fiddle masters. She is known for a complex and powerful fiddling style and has taken first place in numerous stringband and fiddle contests, including the Appalachian Stringband Festival in Clifftop, WV. Emily currently performs with old-time stringband Old Buck, teaches fiddle and violin and is working toward a doctorate in music education.

Jesse Milnes
learned to play the fiddle and guitar from his father, Augusta’s longtime folklorist Gerry Milnes. Growing up in central West Virginia, Jesse was exposed to the music of masters like Melvin Wine, Sarah Singleton and Woody Simmons. From 2008 to 2013 he toured with neo-traditional honky-tonk band the Sweetback Sisters, traveling across the United States and several European countries. He plays a variety of fiddle styles from old-time to country and also performs his own brand of fingerpicking on guitar. When not playing music, he repairs fiddles at Smakula Fretted Instruments near Elkins.

Ron Mullenex
is a popular teacher with a long history at Augusta. He grew up with old-time music in his family and community and as a young man sought out the older generation for musical inspiration, friendship and for stealing licks whenever the opportunity arose. He views the music itself as the principal focus and the selection of instrument and technique as a means to the musical end. His mandolin playing of the old tunes features clean noting with intricate picking patterns, embellishments, and ornamentation. Prominent musical influences include members of the Hammons family, Oscar Wright, Melvin Wine, Frank George and many others whose names are not well-known in the broad old-time music community.

Rhiannon Giddens
is an American original—an artist with an unforgettable voice who culls the music of our collective past to point the way to the future. Reviving, interpreting and recasting traditional material from a variety of sources has been central to Giddens’ career, especially in her groundbreaking work with the Carolina Chocolate Drops. The CCDs have shared the role African-American performers and songwriters played in US folk music history, while making recordings that are vital, contemporary and exuberant. Rhiannon is also making a mark as a solo performer and in other collaborations like T-Bone Burnett’s The New Basement Tapes project.

Hubby Jenkins
is a talented multi-instrumentalist who endeavors to share his love and knowledge of old-time American music. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he delved into his Southern roots, following the thread of African American history that wove itself through country blues, ragtime, fiddle, banjo and traditional jazz. He developed his guitar and vocal craft on the sidewalks and subway platforms of New York City, performing material by those venerable artists whose work he was quickly absorbing. Since 2010 he has been an integral part of the Grammy award winning Carolina Chocolate Drops and continues to make solo performances.

Paul Brown
started singing the old Virginia songs his mom knew from her childhood when he was young. He picked up banjo at age ten, then fiddle and guitar. He steeped himself in the music of his elders by playing with them at home and on the road for decades. Paul is a veteran of the Toast String Stretchers and the Smokey Valley Boys with Benton Flippen, among other groups. He is a prize-winning fiddler and banjoist and a respected album producer. Paul is playing more music now that he ended his work as an NPR news anchor, reporter and producer.

Terri McMurray
shows up with a sharp wit, a memorable smile and great chops on 5-string banjo, banjo uke and guitar. She looked and listened hard during her years around some of the great master traditional musicians in North Carolina and southern Virginia and it shows in her playing. She won the Galax, Virginia old-time banjo contest in 1982. Terri played for more than 20 years with the Toast String Stretchers, the most active band in the well-known metropolis of Toast, NC, between Round Peak and Mount Airy. She currently plays with Paul Brown in the Mountain Birch Duo.

Ron Pen
is a music professor at the University of Kentucky where he also serves as Director of the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music. His research is focused on traditional Appalachian culture with recent publications including I Wonder As I Wander: The Life of John Jacob Niles and “Preservation and Presentation of the Folk: Forging an American Identity” in Music, American Made. Ron is also a performer, playing fiddle and singing with the Red State Ramblers. He is a founding member of the Appalachian Association of Sacred Harp Singers with whom he sang on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. He has taught at several traditional music camps throughout the Appalachian mountains.

Trevor McKenzie
A native of southwest Virginia, Trevor McKenzie is a multi-instrumentalist and singer. He received much of his formal music instruction in traditional music at Jim Lloyd’s Barbershop, located in the town of Rural Retreat. In recent years he has been fortunate to play with several fine groups including the Elkville String Band and the Laurel Creek String Band. Trevor currently lives in North Carolina and works in the archives of the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection at Appalachian State University.


August 4, 2015
7:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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