Saturday 23 May 2015 a workshop we had planned in Lancaster, SC was cancelled, which freed up the day to go on a field trip. Sister Slade and I, along with Elder and Sister Hunt, took off for Union Grove, NC for a fiddle festival. I was a fun time. We went to an Amish store near by and to the festival. We realized that it was bring your own chairs, as it was outside in an open arena. So we bought a couple of camp chairs at the local Dollar Store (they are everywhere) and set down. As we walked up to the sitting area we came across a group of people sitting under a canopy playing mountain music, some knew each other but others didn't, they just shared the love of music. Later we walked by a group of kids (3 sisters and a friend) practicing some songs. We watched and filmed some of it. We talked with the parents and found out that they were entered in the jr. band group competition and were waiting to see if they were going to advance to the finalist competition. We kinda got to know them so of course we rooted for them. To make a long story short they won. I wish I could post a video but I don' know how, so I will post pictures instead. The name of the group is Dan River Girls. You can google them if you want.
First, I saw this little horse colt across the street at the Amish store, probably not more than a moth old.
Not exactly Woodstock,
but it did have a "hippy flare"
This is the group playing mountain music, they were good.
For those who may know about banjos, the banjo being played was an old (1830's) style banjo. It doesn't have any frets. The man playing it was quite knowledgeable about the banjo history.
One of the banjo players in the jr group competition. If you look at the neck of his banjo you can see the lines on the neck, those are frets
I just liked this picture with the sun through the trees.
They had cloggers too.
This is the Dan River Girls with a friend playing guitar.
The fiddler is 11 yrs old. In my opinion, and I said as much, it was her that carried them to the finalist, however the one playing the mandolin was pretty good also. Ah heck the bass and guitar weren't bad either.You have to see the video. The song they are playing is "Goodnight Irene" That's what they were practing when we walked up on them. I really like the tune. It has really grown on me.
It was a fun time all the way around.
I tried again but I don't think it worked!!
So until the next time Keep the faith...