It’s well documented that the American banjo has its origins in instruments brought to the colonies by enslaved Africans.
Virginia has a long history with the banjo, and it didn’t start with bluegrass--it started with enslaved Africans.
As early as 1781, Thomas Jefferson took note of the stringed gourd instruments his slaves played. Over the years, the banjo was transformed from an African instrument, to a predominantly white instrument with the familiar bluegrass twang.
It is that time of year—when you just might have a Holiday Jingle Ear Worm….maybe you picked it up in a department store, or from a humming co-worker. Maybe even from this radio station. 'Tis the season for Christmas tunes.
A writer from Appomatox is actually an expert on American Christmas music and with his just-released book, Ronald Lankford attempts to reconcile the sacred and the profane. He studies music ranging from hymns to warbling chipmunks.
In western culture, the afterlife is often depicted as a place where angels rest on clouds and harps play soothing music.
Here in Virginia, some people hear that music even before death. A program called Music by the Bedside is making for a peaceful passing.
It’s a sunny afternoon in an old Victorian house near downtown Charlottesville, and Kate Tamarkin, conductor of the Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra – is using her spare time to play the harp at Hospice of the Piedmont.
The upcoming Interlocken Music Festival now has a new name.... just Lockn’. Festival co-founder Peter Shapiro says the new logo took on a life of its own, as he says the music and other elements are locked into one another.
The festival takes place September 5-8 at the Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, VA.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse have canceled their Lockn’ appearance, as well as three other North American dates, due to guitarist Poncho Sampredo’s hand injury.