Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

In Short

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

In Short

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String Band Festival

The Appalachian String Band Music Festival, one of the premiere old-time music events in the country, returns to Camp Washington- Carver in Clifftop in Fayette County Wednesday through Aug. 2. The five-day camping experience in the heart of West Virginia also includes music contests, dancing, arts and crafts and games for the whole family. The popular annual festival draws thousands of string- band musicians and fans from across the country and around the world for its concerts, dancing, workshops and contests in which musicians and dancers can win prizes of up to $700.

Megan B. Lynch Chowning, who won the Robert C. Byrd award for traditional fiddle playing at the Grand Master Fiddler Championship this year in Nashville, Tenn., will be a featured performer. On Aug. 1, Chowning will teach an afternoon master's workshop. She is a seven-time national fiddle champion, touring musician, recording artist, teacher, singer and flatfoot dancer.

Chowning joins grand masters Daniel Gellert, of Dayton, Ohio, and Ginny Hawker of Coxs Mills, who also will be featured in showcase workshops/performances at the festival.

Phil Jamison, square dance caller, old-time musician and flatfoot dancer, also will be showcased at this year's event. He will give a talk and host a discussion on the history of Appalachian dances on Aug. 1 at 3 p.m.

Contests include fiddle and banjo on July 30, neo-traditional band on July 31, and traditional band and flatfoot dance on Aug. 1. Senior (60 and over) and youth (15 and under) categories are available in the fiddle and banjo contests. A youth award is available in both the band contests for groups with all members 18 years old or younger. The neo-traditional band contest also provides an award for best original song and tune. The flatfoot dance contest makes awards in four age categories.

Daily admission is $15 for adults and $10 for seniors (age 60 and over) and youth (age 6 to 17). Children five and under get in free. Rough camping for the five-day festival is available on a first- come, first-served basis for $45 for adults, $40 for seniors and youth, $90 per family (two adults and any number of children under the age of 18) and $80 per senior family (two adults 60 years old or more and any number of children under the age of 18). …

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