On June 13th, 2019 we hosted “Tunes on the Tracks: an old-time music showcase” featuring Josh Wanstreet and Phil Jones. Enjoy these clips from the concert: Josh and Phil (along with Tom Hoffman) play some twin fiddles on Burl Hammons’ “Rocky Road to Dublin” Tom, Phil, and Josh play Frank George‘s version of the classic “Liza Jane” Tom, Phil, and Josh play Burl Hammons‘ “You […]
On June 13th, 2019 we hosted “Tunes on the Tracks: an old-time music showcase” featuring local duo Jesse Milnes & Emily Miller. Enjoy these clips from the concert: Jesse & Emily sing the classic railroad song “John Henry” Jesse plays “Big Fish” (aka “Rye Straw”) from Melvin Wine Emil & Jesse sing “Undone in Sorrow” by Ola Belle Reed Emily and Jesse play some twin […]
On 5/21/2019 we hosted a concert and ice-cream social for the National Model A Restorers Club at the Rotary Amphitheater in Elkins Town Square. Enjoy these clips from the concert from local bluegrass group the Phrawg Giggers. “A Million Lonely Days” written by the Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys from Pocahontas County, WV Hear how they came up with name “Phrawg Giggers” after they play […]
Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper were country, gospel, and bluegrass musicians from Randolph County who recorded several top-ten country hits and performed on the Grand Ole Opry for 20 years. Wilma Lee Cooper was born as Wilma Leigh Leary on February 7th, 1921 in Valley Head. She grew up singing since age 5 and performing gospel music regionally with her sisters and parents as the Leary […]
In January 2019 Elkins community members gathered at the Darden Mill for the Third Annual Darden Fest, a music benefit organized by AmeriCorps members with the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area to raise money for ArtsBank (a local non-profit that organizes arts education outreach programs in Randolph County schools). Listen to some of the highlights below: Learn more about AFHA and ArtsBank here and here.
Old-time music from West Virginia is known for several family traditions that continue to this day, like the music of the Hammons family and the Kessinger brothers. Another well-known musical family was the Carpenter family who are said to be some of the original white inhabitants of what is now central West Virginia. The family produced many highly-regarded fiddlers like Solomon “Devil Sol”, Ernie, and […]
Did you know that the namesake of the Cheat Mountain Salamander excursion train is found only in West Virginia? This rare critter is found in Grant, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, and Tucker counties and is one of the few vertebrate species unique to the Mountain State. The Cheat Mountain salamander’s tail is shorter than the length of its body and head, which helps distinguish it from […]