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Thursday, April 13, 2006

Passing the Pick and Bow

This is just too cool!

Wanted Children between the ages of 8-18 who would like to learn to play old-time mountain music instruments from a local musician. Instruments like picking a banjo, guitar, mandolin or playing the fiddle. There will also be Ballad singing for those who are less inclinded to practice.


The program (Passing the Pick and Bow) is organized by Appalshop, an arts and education center in Whitesburg, Ky., and the Ralph Stanley Museum and Traditional Mountain Music Center in Clintwood. It is grant funded through the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development's Appalachian Regional Commission.

Instructors are all local musicians, and most are self-taught. Suzanne Savell, Director of Traditional Music Projects at Appalshop, believes it is important for local musicians to teach the classes because Dickenson County has its own unique musical "flavor" that needs to be passed down to the next generation.


Aaron Davis, Curator/Director for the Ralph Stanley Museum, said he fears that without programs like Passing the Pick and Bow, a part of our cultural heritage will be lost. That would be a tradegy. I am betting that the Ralph Stanley Museum would not turn down donations or used instruments to keep this incredible program going.

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