Old-time string music comes from white folks sitting on the weather-beaten porches of white Appalachian neighborhoods. At least, that’s a common belief. What is not as widely known is that there was a concurrent tradition of black old-time string music. The Carolina Chocolate Drops, featuring Rhiannon Giddens on banjo; Dom Flemons on harp, jug, and guitar; and Justin Robinson on fiddle, continue a living tradition that has been passed down for hundreds of years. Together with legendary African-American fiddler Joe Thompson, these sensational musicians will showcase a richness of tradition and sensational dance music at the 2007 Festival. To hear a tune by the Carolina Chocolate Drops, click here–and remember, these guys are in their twenties!