String Band Day


Appalshop announces its second annual Old Time String Band Day on October 2, 2010, Three top bands will lead a day of workshops and jam sessions plus an evening concert and square dance. It all takes place at Appalshop, 91 Madison Avenue in Whitesburg.


Jim and Ada McCown will join their lifelong friend Paul
David Smith to headline the event. Founding members of the Outdoor Plumbing
Company, Jim and Ada have been mainstays of the bluegrass and old-time scene for decades. Paul has quietly built a reputation as perhaps the best old-time fiddler in the region.

The Clack Mountain String Band is one of the best young string bands now playing. Based in Morehead, Kentucky, Clack
Mountain blends brilliant instrumentals with hard-driving vocals and can switch effortlessly between old-time and honky-tonk.

Rounding out the program and officially hosting the event are Rich and the Po’ Folks. Their music blends dance tunes with ballads, mining songs, and hardscrabble songs from the region’s past.

On Old Time String band day, band members will lead workshops in fiddle, banjo, guitar, and singing. Jam sessions and a ballad swap will round out the day. In the evening, all three bands will appear in concert. The event will conclude with a square dance called by Julie Shepherd-Powell.

Old Time String Band Day is part of the Alltech Fortnight Festival, a series of events across Kentucky mounted to coincide with the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Rich Kirby at [email protected].




10:00 welcome, registration

11:00 workshop session 1
-Beginning Banjo (Brett Ratliff) – WMMT office
-Fiddle (Jesse Wells) – Studio C
-Rhythm Guitar (Karly Dawn Higgins) – Archive Office
-Singing (Rich Kirby) – Conference Room
-String Band (Jim and Ada McCown, Paul Smith, Nate Polly) – Stage

1:00 lunch break

2:00 workshop session 2
-Traditional Song (Brett Ratliff, Rich Kirby) – Stage
-East Kentucky Banjo (John Haywood) – Conference Room
-Kentucky Fiddle (Jesse Wells) – Studio C
-Dance Calling (Julie Shepherd-Powell) – Boone Motor Building

4:00 break

4:15 ballad swap / Jamming

6:00 Concert, Appalshop Theater
-Rich and the Po’ Folk
-Clack Mountain String Band
-Jim and Ada McCown and Paul David Smith

9:00 Square dance, Boone Motor Building (across street from Appalshop)
Julie Shepherd-Powell, caller