Saturday, April 21st, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of old time music by Warren Wilson College’s old time band – Jenny & the Hog Drovers with their professor Phil Jamison. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $2 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.
Jenny and the Hog Drovers are an old time stringband from Asheville, North Carolina that formed at Warren Wilson College as part of the college’s Traditional Music Program. Band members include Maddy Mullany (fiddle), Clarke Williams (fiddle and banjo), Phil Jamison (banjo), Leo Shannon (guitar), and Landon George (bass). The band’s name comes from the “drovers” who herded hogs to market from the mountains of western North Carolina during the nineteenth century. Warren Wilson College is a Work College – all students participate in a work program – & two of the band members have worked with the pigs on the college’s farm.
Phil Jamison is a nationally known dance caller, old time musician, and fine flatfoot dancer. He has called dances, performed, and taught throughout the U.S. and overseas since the early 1970s. During that time, he spent more than thirty-five years as a member of the Green Grass Cloggers. His flatfoot dancing was featured in the film Songcatcher for which he also served as Traditional Dance consultant. For twenty-two years, he toured with Ralph Blizard and the New Southern Ramblers. Ralph was a much- loved member of the Carter Fold family who won the NEA National Heritage Award just prior to his death. Phil recently published a book called Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance which was based on over thirty years of research. Having taught Appalachian music and dance (and mathematics) at Warren Wilson College for twenty-five years, Phil coordinates the Old Time Music and Dance Week at the Swannanoa Gathering. Phil and the Green Grass Cloggers did a fund raiser in the late 1970s to concrete the Carter Fold’s dance floor. The Fold will be hosting a film crew the 21st as well. Come on out and join us for some of the best traditional old time music you’ll ever hear. Bring your friends, your family, and your dancing shoes. You can check out Jenny & the Hog Drovers (& Phil Jamison) on Facebook, YouTube, and on the web. It just doesn’t get better than hearing old time music in the place it came from.
For further information on the center, go to www.carterfamilyfold.org or call 276-386-6054.