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Virginia Luthiers with Wayne Henderson & Presley Barker – Blue Ridge Music Center
July 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Virginia Luthiers
Luthier and musician Wayne Henderson was born, raised, and still lives in Rugby, population seven, near the North Carolina border. When his first guitar, a mail-order instrument from Sears, proved a disappointment, he set out to build his own from the bottom of a dresser drawer. Over 650 guitars later, his instruments are legendary – sought after over the years by the likes of Eric Clapton and Doc Watson. His playing is just as admired, and he’s traveled the world sharing it.
At age 14, Presley Barker has been playing acoustic guitar for seven years. Living in the NC mountains and listening to Doc Watson on the radio inspired Presley to begin picking fiddle tunes and bluegrass music. He has been influenced and mentored by Steve Lewis, Wayne Henderson, and Bryan Sutton. He has quickly emerged as an astonishingly gifted flat-picker.
Gerald Anderson began making mandolins twenty-nine years ago in Wayne Henderson’s shop and has since crafted more than 200 instruments. Gerald has teamed up with Spencer Strickland to form the duo performing act “Anderson-Strickland”. The two released a CD entitled “Headin South” and are currently working on their second CD project which will be an addition to the Crooked Road CD Series produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
Spencer Strickland grew up in a family and community steeped in music. His mother and and his father played guitar in a bluegrass band that performed in churches and at community events. At age 10 Strickland began mandolin lessons . Strickland’s father immediately recognized his talent and traded a pocketknife for Spencer’s first instrument. Since then Spencer has gone on to win prestigious awards, such as the ribbon for best all-around performer at Galax Fiddlers Convention in 2004 and mandolin competition at Merlefest in April 2005, both festivals that he had attended as a child. In the fall of 2004 Strickland began an apprenticeship with Gerald Anderson, sponsored by the Virginia Folklife Program and in November 2004 he completed his first mandolin.
Jimmy Edmonds was a child prodigy who began playing at 5-years-old. Starting at age 10, he placed first in the Old Fiddlers’ Convention’s fiddle competition eight years in a row. His grandfather, “Uncle” Norman Edmonds, was a fiddler who recorded with singer J.P. Nestor during the 1927 Bristol Sessions. In 2001, Edmonds began making fiddles and now crafts guitars, as well.
$15 Adult – General Admission
Children 12 and Under – Free