1/13: Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club Jamboree
The music of Adam McPeak & Mountain Thunder and Whitetop Mountain will be featured during New River Community College’s Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club Jamboree on Saturday, Jan. 13. Music will begin at 6 p.m. in 117 Edwards Hall at NRCC in Dublin.
The band Adam McPeak & Mountain Thunder is composed primarily of young bluegrass musicians from Virginia, with mandolin player Adam at the helm. Mike McPeak, Adam’s father, plays guitar and sings lead and harmony vocals. Lindsey Jackson sings lead and harmony vocals. David Chrisley plays bass and sings harmony vocals, and his father Steve Chrisley plays banjo. The group began playing at fiddler’s conventions, then went on to play their own shows and participate in competitions. They placed 9th and 10th at Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America National Band Championship events in Nashville. They have also appeared on public television’s “Song of the Mountains.”
The Whitetop Mountain band is a family group from Whitetop, Va., that originated in the 1940s and specializes in old-time fiddling and banjo picking. Their performances are also noted for their versatility, often containing blues, classic country, honky tonk pieces and traditional bluegrass. The band has performed at square dances, festivals and competitions throughout the United States and has performed internationally in the United Kingdom and Australia. They have been featured in many books, magazines and TV/radio shows about Appalachian music such as “The Guide to the Crooked Road,” “Strings of Life,” Country Music Television, Travel Channel, PBS and more. The band’s current members are Emily Spencer, banjo, guitar and vocals; Martha Spencer, guitar, banjo, fiddle and vocals; Ersel Fletcher, guitar and vocals and Debbie Bramer, bass and vocals.
Corporate sponsors of the jamborees include Anderson Audiology, Dublin; Duncan Ford – Lincoln – Mazda, Blacksburg; Estes Auto & Truck Parts Inc., Pilot; First Community Bank, Pulaski; Gregory Seeding Landscaping Company, Pulaski; King’s Tire Service, Pulaski; Pepsi Cola Bottling Co., Dublin; Pulaski Patriot, Pulaski; Shoney’s Restaurant, Dublin; Southern Furniture Warehouse, Radford; Sunshine Tours, Dublin; Trader’s Emporium and Jewelry Services, Dublin; Wade’s Supermarket.
The doors open at 5 p.m. for the show. There is no charge for admission; however, donations will be accepted to help pay travel expenses for the musicians. The jamborees are held the second Saturday of each month through April at NRCC, a Crooked Road affiliated venue.
More information about the NRCC Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club is available from Tim Jones at 540-674-3683, and online at www.nr.edu/fiddle.