Folks are coming together this week to sing, play, dance, learn and revel in the time-honored music of the region.
That’s Andy Buckman on banjo and Mac Traynham on fiddle with Gina Dilg flatfooting; doing Yellow Cat, a tune that has its origin in Floyd County. Buckman says he and Traynham will be sharing the legacy of the area’s music at the Get Together.
Andy Buckman: “There are sessions for lots of different instruments; from banjo and fiddle and guitar and dance and singing. But, Mac and I are particularly going to be teaching the part of the Get Together about the local history of our music. We live in an area that is a motherlode of old-time music and old-time tradition and has been for a long, long time.”
The Get Together is sponsored by the Handmade Music School at the Floyd Country Store.
Dylan Locke: “And the creation of the Handmade Music School is to make sure we had the opportunity for great master musicians like Andy and Mac and Alice Gerard and Elizabeth Laprelle and all the others to be able to share their knowledge of this music with students of all ages.”
Dylan Locke, owner of the Floyd Country Store.
Dylan Locke: “This camp is sort of an extension of the vision for the Handmade Music School and making sure that we celebrate and enjoy the music and culture of Floyd County, Franklin County and our Blue Ridge Mountains here.”
The Floyd Old Time Music Get Together begins Thursday March 14 and continues through Sunday March 17.
(Music used in the report; recorded live in the WVTF studio and performed by Andy Buckman on banjo and Mac Traynham on fiddle with Gina Dilg flatfooting)