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Concerts for September, 2015

Friday, September 4th 
Jeff Black
8:00 PM @ the Muddy Creek Music Hall in Historic Bethania Mill
5455 Bethania Rd, W-S  27106 Cover: $12/$10 F&B members 
Jeff Black 2014

"His words and voice hold down center stage with a craft so deeply in the artistic pocket that it obscures anything outside"
- No Depression
 Black's songs have earned GRAMMY recognition, radio chart-topping stats and numerous BMI awards. Although flying below the radar as a performer himself, he has been recognized by NPR as a musical pioneer in the digital age and his catalogue of critically acclaimed albums continues to grow. Composing music for film and television, his credits include numerous indie-film soundtracks and a repertoire of songs cut by artists as diverse as Alison Krauss & Union Station, Waylon Jennings, BlackHawk, Dierks Bentley, Jon Randall, John Oates, Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush. Black has forged a reputation as a true folk troubadour entertaining audiences globally for over three decades. A master songwriter and performer in the tradition of the great storytellers, his passionate, soul driven live performances of songs from his vast catalog are not to be missed.
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Saturday, September 19th 
Apple Festival at Historic Bethabara Park
10:30 AM to 4:30 PM  
Free to all!

Fiddle & Bow has again arranged the music for the annual Apple Festival and the main stage entertainment this year will include Sara Grey & Kieron Means, Dana & Susan Robinson and the band Tellico from the Asheville area.  There will also be the usual apple products and activities for the whole family.  This event is a great way to get the fall started off right!

Saturday, September 26th
The Blackberry Bushes String Band
8:00 PM @ the Muddy Creek Music Hall in Historic Bethania Mill
5455 Bethania Rd, W-S  27106 Cover: $15/$13 F&B members 
Special Saturday Show!
The Blackberry Bushes are a Northwest Acoustic Americana and Bluegrass band whose sound falls somewhere between Gillian Welch and The Infamous Stringdusters. Their songs evoke the natural world, with themes of imperfection and impermanence. The instrumentation is precise and improvisational, reminiscent of the virtuosic bluegrass greats. The Bushes have that rare magic that allows them to fuse voices from many genres into an  acoustic instrumentation that retains distinct threads of sonic color. Elements of jazz, classical, pop, old-time and bluegrass saturate this modern string band sound that is buoyant, bold, and like their thorny namesake, rooted and growing, growing, growing.
The Appalachian Mountains are the meeting place of the fiddle and the banjo, and musical culture permeates the entire length of the Mississippi River. Jes Raymond and Jakob Breitbach may have started their musical journey in the rainy bottom of the Puget Sound, but their work is infused with the essence of the homes they wandered West from. Joined by Daniel Ullom (mandolin) ,Forrest Marowitz (upright bass), and Alex Genova (banjo), The Blackberry Bushes draw from the deep roots of American traditional music to create a playful and resonant sound with both twang and sophistication. They are emerging as a band of artists  with an obvious love of performing, spot on chemistry, and a live show that truly aims to stir the spirit. 
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Concerts for October, 2015

Friday, October 2nd 
Alan Reid & Rob van Sante
8:00 PM @ the Muddy Creek Music Hall in Historic Bethania Mill
5455 Bethania Rd, W-S  27106 Cover: $15/$13 F&B members 
Alan was a vital member of Battlefield
from its inception in 1969 till his departure in 2010.
In that time he toured all over the world and made almost
30 recordings with the band, working with such artists as
Garrison Keillor, Van Morrison and Mike Oldfield.
They won awards in Germany, Britain and the U.S. and
throughout Alan was at the heart of the band, his keyboards
underpinning the bagpipes and the fiddle. In being the first to
use keyboards as an integral part of a traditional folk
band Alan’s contribution to the band’s story has ensured it’s
stature in Scottish culture as well as its influence on many
of today's Celtic musicians.
Dutch born Rob is a guitarist of skill and subtlety.
His mother was a child prodigy on piano so it is no
surprise that music has played an important part in his life.
During the 1970's, 80's and 90's he toured extensively
throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
He has worked with such stalwarts of the British
Folk and Jazz scene as:
Danny Thompson, Jon Strong, Tom Napper, Tom
McConville, Kate Rusby, John McCusker, Gordon Tyrrall,
Tim Wood,
Patsy Matheson and many more. 
Together Alan & Rob present an evening of old and new music, featuring Alan's compositions, Battlefield Band favorites and songs from Rob.  The show combines open tuned lead and accompaniment guitar work from Rob, Alan's keyboard, guitar and accordion and fine harmony singing from both.
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Friday, October 16th
Brian Peters & Jeff Davis

8:00 PM @ the Muddy Creek Music Hall in Historic Bethania Mill
5455 Bethania Rd, W-S  27106 Cover: $15/$13 F&B members 
Brian Peters (UK) and Jeff Davis (USA) have been performing together on both sides of the Atlantic on and off for sixteen years.  Although Brian’s music is essentially English folk, while Jeff’s is often categorised as American Old-Time, the two share a love for old songs in general, and the folk music of one another’s countries, so that they work together intuitively as a duo.  To Brian’s multi-instrumental skills on concertina, melodeon and guitar are added Jeff’s mighty talents on fiddle, banjo, mandocello and guitar, while their voices blend beautifully in harmony.  A concert might include ballads from the old world or the new, sea songs, cowboy songs, and all kinds of instrumentals from mountain fiddle breakdowns to English country dance tunes, often featuring the unusual but heaven-sent combination of concertina and mandocello.

Brian and Jeff have performed together at venues such as Old Songs Festival (NY), Mystic Seaport (CT), Champlain Valley Festival (VT), Lunenburg Folk Festival (Nova Scotia), Boston Folksong Society, Cecil Sharp House (London), Bromyard, Derby, Fylde, Warwick, Whitby Folk Festivals (UK).
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Upcoming Concerts and Events

Coming in November
Nov. 6th - Dave Nachmanoff - A talented singer/songwriter/guitarist who has performed and recorded with Al Stewart of "Year of the Cat" and "Time Passages" fame  Cover: $12/$10 F&B members
Nov. 15th - Special Extra Sunday Show and time - 3:00 PM - Dave Gunning - When we heard this great Canadian songwriter was going to be in the area, we couldn't pass up booking him.  Not to be missed!  Cover: $12/$10 F&B members
Nov. 20th - Jim Malcolm - The welcome return by one of Scotland's finest singers and guitarists and former member of one of Scotland's best folk bands - The Old Blind Dogs.  Cover: $15/$13 members