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Carolina Express Christmas concert at The Carter Fold

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

HILTONS, Va. — The Carter Family Fold will present a special Christmas program on Saturday, Dec. 19.

In lieu of admission, bring a donation of canned goods for the local food bank (suggested amount $10 per person). Those not bringing a canned goods donation are asked to make a monetary donation of $10 for adults with all proceeds going to the food bank. Anyone younger than 12 will be admitted free.

Those attending are asked to bring finger foods, two-liter drinks and cups, plates or napkins.

Christmas music will be performed as refreshments are served. Afterward, we’ll have music by Carolina Express. Musicians donate their time for this special Christmas show.

Carolina Express was formed by brothers Jonah and Grayson Riddle. Jonah is 16 and Grayson is 11. Growing up in the mountains of western North Carolina, Jonah has been playing the banjo for four years. From the first time he picked up the instrument, he fell in love. He started out playing at church three times a week. Because he enjoys bluegrass and gospel music so much, he decided to start his own band. Jonah’s brother, Grayson, plays guitar and does vocals. He has been playing guitar for almost two years. From the time he was 5 years old, he would pick the guitar at church services. Jonah and Grayson credit the Lord for their playing and singing talent. Their dad, Benjie Riddle, plays the upright bass. The Riddles are bringing along fiddle player – Mary Rachel Nalley – who plays fiddle for the Kody Norris Band.

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.

Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed online at http://www.carterfoldshow.com.

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.