Free Concert w/The Happy Valley Pals

Please meet by the information table outside the auditorium. Please note that admission is free, but a ticket is required for entry. Ticket distribution starts at 2 p.m. Also, PineCone & the Museum of History will be collecting canned food donations for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC at this concert!

The Happy Valley Pals will perform a set packed full of fabulous old songs from the Southern mountains and the Piedmont, and part of the performance will also focus on the mountain holiday tradition "Breaking Up Christmas" and the dance tune by the same name. The catchy tune was frequently played in the Round Peak section of North Carolina's Surry County and in neighboring Virginia. It's still popular among old time fiddle and banjo players today.

The Happy Valley Pals share deep family and musical roots in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. The band’s bluesy fiddling, pulsating guitar, growling bowed bass, and lively fingerpicked banjo reflects their shared sense of time and place. Though the Pals have only recently performed under that name, individually Wayne and Margaret Martin, Gail Gillespie, and Dwight Rogers have played southern string band music for decades. They have all learned fiddle, banjo, and guitar tunes directly knee-to-knee from elder musicians as well from the wonderful 78 rpm recordings from the 1920s and ‘30s.

This concert is sponsored by WLHC-FM & WLQC-FM. The Music of the Carolinas series is sponsored by Williams Mullen & the NC Museum of History Associates.

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