October Old-Time Week 2016 at the Augusta Heritage Center Andrew Carroll June 14, 2016 October Old-Time Week focuses on West Virginia’s rich traditions of old-time music. Classes meet 9 a.m. – noon, with an afternoon cultural session each day and afternoon classes. Presentations from master artists, late night jam sessions and much more fill out the week. Stay for the Old-Time Fiddlers’ Reunion, October 21-23, a celebration of West Virginia fiddlers. The Reunion kicks off Friday night with a square dance and continues Saturday with performances by West Virginia’s master fiddlers, a flatfoot dance contest, instrument vendors and the Augusta Store. On Sunday, the week wraps up with a gospel sing in the Robbins Memorial Chapel. TUITION: Tuition paid before September 1: $450. Tuition paid after June 1: $490. To register, specify October Old-Time Week and select the class that you would like to attend. You may register beginning March 1 at https://secure.dewv.edu/augusta/ The 2016 October Old-Time Week staff includes: Ben Townsend (Coordinator; Ensemble – Beg. / Int.) Ben Townsend grew up in Romney, WV, and has studied old-time music extensively on both banjo and fiddle, traveling the world spreading his take on West Virginia old-time music. Jimmy Costa (Master Artist) Jim Costa is a banjo player, fiddler, singer, storyteller, expert in the musical ways of Uncle Dave Macon and keeper of old-time West Virginia culture. Kim Johnson (Banjo – Beg.) Kim Johnson is from Clendenin, West Virginia, and has been playing banjo since about 1978 accompanying Wilson Douglas, Lester McCumbers and numerous other West Virginia master fiddlers. TBA (Banjo – Int.) Ron Mullennex (Banjo – Adv.) Ron Mullennex has been playing old-time music for over 50 years. His musical influences include his family, the Hammons Family; Oscar Wright; Frank George and Melvin Wine. Scott Prouty (Fiddle – Beg.) Scott Prouty has an extensive and eclectic repertoire rooted in the old mountain style of fiddle playing. Dave Bing (Fiddle – Int.) Dave has been with Augusta for over 30 years teaching fiddle, banjo and guitar. He now performs with the High Ridge Ramblers and teaches WV music internationally. Bobby Taylor (Fiddle – Adv.) Bobby Taylor is a fourth generation West Virginia fiddler. He plays several styles of old-time and contest fiddling, but got his early start from the legendary Clark Kessinger. John Miller (Ensemble – Beg. / Int.) John R. Miller is a touring musician and songwriter residing in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. He primarily plays upright bass and guitar and performs with a variety of groups near and far. Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.