11/11: NRCC jamboree

The music of The Country Boys and Larry Sigmon & Martha Spencer will be featured during New River Community College’s Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club Jamboree on Saturday, Nov. 11. Music will begin at 6 p.m. in 117 Edwards Hall at NRCC in Dublin.

The Country Boys have been playing traditional bluegrass and bluegrass gospel music throughout North Carolina and Virginia for over 40 years. The band originally formed in the late 1960s, with several lineup changes throughout the years. The present band is made up of Donald Clifton, Johnny Joyce, Tim Bowman, Billy Hawks, Marsha Todd and Doug Joyce. The band cites the Country Gentleman and the Osborne Brothers as some of their musical influences.

Larry Sigmon started playing music at a young age and developed a signature hard-driving rhythmic style. For 18 years, Sigmon performed with Barbara Poole at festivals, dances and other concert venues, and won ribbons in banjo, bass and folk song competitions. Martha Spencer is a longtime member of the family group, Whitetop Mountain Band. Spencer began singing and dancing at an early age. Sigmon and Spencer have been working together since 2013 and have performed at the Ferrum Folklife Festival and the Carter Fold.

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 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 674-3683, and online at http://www.nr.edu/fiddle.