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Pickin’ in Parsons Bluegrass Community Fair

August 1, 2015

Pickin in Parsons bluegrass festival logo

Saturday, July 26

Bluegrass Community Fair

Free to the public

“Pistons in Parsons” Tractor & Antique Car Show – prizes awarded!
Talent Show – sign up by 4pm
Fair activities, Vendors, Crafts, Quilt Show, etc.
Bring a chair & enjoy this  sheltered event.

Free Concert featuring Larry Gillis & Swamp Grass
The Froggy Mountain Brothers from Tahiti
Marteka & William Lake

We host this event to give back to the community that gives us so much. Please join us for this free fair. It’s our way of thanking our community.

larry gillis swamp grassLarry Gillis and his Hard Driving Swampgrass Band performs and records traditional
bluegrass music, including old favorites along with new material written by Larry himself with the “swamp” style that has caught on worldwide.  2014 marks 34 years Larry has been playing hard core traditional music with hopes that bluegrass will continue in generations to come.





froggy mountain brothersThe Froggy Mountain Brothers is a duet formed by brothers Laurent and Robin Holliger, hailing from various mountaineous regions in and around France (hence the “Froggy Mountain”). We play mostly bluegrass and early country music in the brother duet tradition. Our musical influences are mostly early pioneers of bluegrass and early country. Our main influences include Bill Monroe (& the Monroe Brothers), the Stanley Brothers, Jim & Jesse, Flatt & Scruggs, Reno & Smiley, the Carter Family, and many other related artists. Some more particular influences are Uncle Dave Macon and Old-Time music, as well as 19th century minstrel & Civil War songs.

marketa and williamMarteka and William

 are rapidly making a name for themselves in the bluegrass music business; appearing with such people as J D Crowe on the “Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour”, in Lexington, KY. This was aired nationally on PBS and Blue Highways TV, which went into over 90 million homes in America and was broadcasted into 170 countries on the radio. They have also played on the second longest running radio show in America, The Wheeling Jamboree USA”. They first appeared on the Wheeling Jamboree with Buddy Griffin, and later went back to play their own show. Mr. Griffin said, “Rarely have I seen kids so young with so much talent”. They have also opened up for Melvin Goins of the Goins Brothers at the Mountaineer Opry House in Milton, WV. Mr. Goins said, “That is some of the smoothest, purest bluegrass I have heard in my 60 years of playing”. Marteka also earlier this year entered in the WV State Banjo contest where she placed 2nd place. They have also won numerous other contests. They have also been endorsed by a national banjo company Stelling Banjos. Geoff Stelling, owner of Stelling Banjos built her a one of a kind stelling banjo, and in her honor named the model after her…The Marteka Challenge. At 15-years-old this is an outstanding accomplishment for Marteka and William. They have most recently appeared on the back cover of Banjo Newsletter.