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New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters concert at The Carter Fold

Community contributor • Nov 18, 2015 at 3:30 PM

HILTONS, Va. — The Carter Family Fold will present a concert by the New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters, an old-time band on Saturday, Nov. 21.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 11; and free for children younger than 6.

The New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters took the group’s name from the original Bogtrotters, the famous Galax, Va. band of the 1930s, and because band leader Dennis Hall lives on Ballard’s Branch. Galax is home to the world-renowned Old Time Fiddler’s Convention, and the area has traditionally produced some of the country’s finest old time string bands. Carrying on that rich musical tradition, the New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters features Dennis Hall on guitar, Leon Frost on mandolin, Jesse Morris on bass, Eddie Bond on fiddle and Josh Ellis on banjo. The guys have been playing together for more than 15 years.

The group won the old-time band competition at the Galax Fiddler’s Convention on six different occasions. In addition, they have played their music at such regional and national festivals as the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival, Merlefest, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the University of Chicago Festival.

Having performed many times at the Fold, they’re a favorite of Carter Fold audiences. This group covers it all — great fiddle and dance tunes, outstanding vocals and harmony, beautiful gospel numbers and waltz tunes.

The Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic and mountain music.

For further information on the center, go to http://www.carterfamilyfold.org.

The Carter Music Center is part of the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. You can visit the Crooked Road Music Trail site at http://thecrookedroad.org. Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call (276) 386-6054. The Fold is on Facebook and Twitter.

To speak to a Fold staff member, call (276) 594-0676.