This past September, British Folksong Archivist, Amanda Boyd, brought her show highlighting the musical connection between Southwest England and Southwest Virginia here for a special series of programs.
After her performance at the Lincoln Theater in Marion, Virginia, she traveled around the region for two weeks. She retraced the steps of early twentieth century British Folklorist, Cecil Sharp, collected slightly different versions of the same folk songs, from people in Virginia and in Britain.
One of tenets of Buddhism is: ‘We’re all connected.’ A live concert this Friday night at Virginia Tech will celebrate that idea. Faculty from The School of Performing Arts will perform with Musicians in California, New York and Mexico. They’ll all be connected via the Internet and the public is invited.
On Sunday the world will remember a startling event. Twenty-five years ago, East Germany announced it would no longer stop its people from passing through a wall that had divided Germany for a generation.
Historians point to the impending collapse of the Soviet Union, supposing the new leader of that country, Mikael Gorbachov, would no longer support East German leaders, but there’s another theory going around – a claim that rock and roll music helped topple the wall.
Hard economic times sometimes give rise to remarkable products, and here in Virginia one of them is making a comeback.
The cigar box guitar was especially popular during the Great Depression, and these days you’ll find YouTube videos showing how to make your own.
We talked with a retired plumber who’s devoting his life to the instrument.
Steve Armstrong has been many things in his life – a Marine who served in Vietnam, a biker with heavy tattoos, a plumber who supported a wife and kids, and a musician who was well-known in Richmond, Virginia.