• Thornton Spencer passes

    Thornton Spencer, fiddle player with The Whitetop Mountain Band, passed away on Saturday evening, November 25, 2017. A U.S. Army veteran, he was 82 years of age when he passed Born on November 12, 1935, in Rugby, Virginia, Thornton Lee Spencer

  • Ashokan Center celebrates 50 years

    Jay Ungar and Molly Mason Having heard the haunting tones of Ashokan Farewell, a waltz in D major composed by Jay Ungar in September 1982 and used in the soundtrack to Ken Burns' documentary series Civil War, few of us can

  • Kimble Blair remembered

    Kimble Blair, well-known Baltimore area fiddler passed away on May 29, 2017, following a series of heart attacks. He was 90 years old and he worked as a house painter by day.   Born in Harlan County, Kentucky, on October 14, 1926,

  • Speedy Tolliver passes

    Roy Odell “Speedy” Tolliver, a popular and beloved banjo and fiddle player in the greater Washington, DC area, passed away on September 18. He was 99 years of age. Speedy was born in southwestern Virginia into a large musical family. After

  • Aynsley Porchak wins Canadian Grand Masters

    Aynsley Porchak, a recent graduate of the ETSU Bluegrass, Country & Old Time Music program has won the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championship, just one year after winning the US competition last year. This is an historic first, making her