October 8 Concert to Feature New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters
Enjoy an afternoon of old-time Appalachian string music on Sunday, October 8 with the New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters
The Reynolds Homestead American Music Series presents a Sunday afternoon concert of old-time traditional bluegrass featuring the New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters on Sunday, October 8 at 2:30 p.m. The Bogtrotters are an Appalachian string band from the Galax, Virginia area.
The New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters took their name, in part from the original Bogtrotters of the 1930s and also because band leader Dennis Hall lives on Ballards Branch. Hall’s home is very close to the home of Uncle Eck Dunford who played fiddle in the original band. The other members of the original Bogtrotters were Uncle Wade Ward, his two brothers Davy Crockett Ward and Fields Ward, and Doctor Davis. They won the very first Old Fiddler’s Convention in Galax, setting a precedent for all that followed in their footsteps.
The New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters continue to play in the traditional Appalachian string-band style, often playing for square dances around the region. Rounding out the Bogtrotters’ lineup are Eddie Bond on fiddle, Dennis Hall on guitar, Josh Ellis with the clawhammer banjo, Jesse Morris on bass, and Leon Frost playing the mandolin.
Old time music is alive and well, and continues to attract fans of all ages. The New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters remain a driving force in carrying the traditional music of the Virginia/Carolina Blue Ridge into the new millennium. It is their hope to be an inspiration for future generations of mountain musicians.
Tickets for the concert are $8 for adults with ages 15 and under free. Tickets can be purchased at the door reserved by calling the Reynolds Homestead at 276-694-7181.
The American Music Series thanks Valley Star Credit Union, Friends of Reynolds Homestead and Patrick County Tourism for their generous support of their concert series.