(Schedule subject to change – Fiddle Tunes concerts will be outdoors on Littlefield Green)
July 4, 1:30 p.m.
Littlefield Green at Fort Worden State Park
TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR
National Heritage Fellow Eddie Bond and the New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters
The Onlies – the one and only
Jackson Lynch and Jerron Paxton
Beòlach – Cape Breton fiddle and dance
Eddie Bond with Erynn Marshall, and Carl Jones – the New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters – Virginia
Old-time fiddling thrives in Grayson County, Virginia, which many consider the musical heart of Southwestern Virginia and Appalachian old-time music. It is from here that one of the greatest living old-time fiddlers, Eddie Bond, hails. Though he has played on stages worldwide, Bond continues to be a central figure at local music festivals and at picking parties in parking lots.
Jackson Lynch and Jerron Paxton – New York
Jackson Lynch is a guitar, banjo, and fiddle player from New York. His grandfather was a traditional Irish fiddler and taught Jackson some of his first tunes. Since then, he’s immersed himself in down home music from all over. He’s played fiddle in the old-time string band The Down Hill Strugglers for just about a decade, and otherwise plays a range of traditional American music, including old-time fiddle music, Mexican and calypso fiddle tunes, country blues, jazz and honky tonk.
Jerron Paxton hails from a Creole family in Watts, South Central LA, but his people come from Louisiana, and you can hear Louisiana in his music. His range of repertoire, quick wit and fast rhyming poetry delivered with unbridled musical freedom make us think of him as a musical savant. In addition, he mesmerizes audiences with his humor and storytelling.
Beòlach – Cape Breton
This powerhouse trio of Cape Breton musicians form the core of the award-winning band Beòlach. They came together over 20 years ago at a late-night session during the Celtic Colours International Music Festival. Cape Breton music is largely descended from the Scottish Gaelic melodies brought over to Cape Breton Island in the late 18th and early 19th centuries with the arrival of settlers fleeing the forced evictions known as the Highland Clearances. Known for innovative arrangements of traditional tunes, Beòlach’s energy on stage demonstrates their mastery of and passion for their musical inheritance.