9/30/17 - 12:00-6:00 pm
1st Annual Mountain Music Festival
Relax lakeside with a day of family-friendly live entertainment! Join us beside Abbott Lake at Peaks of Otter Lodge for live performances by Root2 Music, Rebecca "The Singing Cowgirl", and Mountain Revelers. Enjoy hourly raffles, lawn games, face painting, artist demos, sing-alongs, a jam circle, and a Root2 Music CD release! Please bring your own seating and/or blankets to enjoy this lakeside lawn festival.
Root2 Music is the musical intersection of Deep South country blues and Celtic / Appalachian fiddle music. David Frank (guitar, harmonica, vocals) and Nancy Reid (fiddle, vocals) perform traditional and original blues with a distinctive Appalachian flavor. David and Nancy are neighbors living near milepost 91 of the Blue Ridge Parkway (Bearwallow Gap). When David moved up to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where the sounds of Nancy's fiddle had echoed for years, this duo formed a musical partnership that blends down home slide and traditional fiddle. What results is a unique blend of musical roots – Root2 Music.
The Singing Cowgirl
Rebecca F. Bryant is "The Singing Cowgirl" who loves playing the Autoharp and singing the old cowboy, country, and gospel songs! She has been awarded the 1st place Female Vocalist of the (VFMA) Virginia Folk Music Association of 2016 and 2nd place Autoharp Instrumental! A Virginia native, she is married to a retired professional Bullrider of the PRCA, and is a founding member of three Cowboy Fast Draw Clubs in VA - where she has been Top Gun, Club and Event Champion in the Women's Division. She sings at numerous churches, festivals, and various cowboy gatherings - like the National Day of the Cowboy in Victoria.
The Mountain Revelers have been performing together as a band for two years playing Oldtime Stringband music (reels, hornpipes, waltzs, and ballads) from the early days of recorded music, the 1920's. The band consists of Russ Harbaugh - fiddle and banjo-mandolin; Tom Wright - guitar; Greg Shanks - banjo and fiddle; and Jay Dodson - bass. They've performed at the Floyd Country Store "Friday Night Jamboree" numerous times; Botetourt Farmers Market, various family gatherings, and just released a CD recorded "live" at the Roanoke Mt. Campground Sunday Mountain Music 30th Anniversary. The definition of reveler explains it all - "a person who is enjoying themselves in a lively and noisy way, to take great pleasure and delight."