Come for the art… stay for the music! Saturday, May 28 at 10 AM – 4 PM
Art & Music on the Farm started out as an art festival. With its signature white tents, bales of hay and over forty-five talented artists and artisans exhibiting a wide variety of oil paintings, watercolors, collages, photography, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, wood carvings, garden art and more, the festival offers the perfect opportunity to take home your own beautiful, handcrafted works of art. Beyond the artist tents, Art & Music on the Farm brings a wide variety of cultural experiences, including the BIC’s own artfully-rendered museum galleries, artisan demonstrations, educational opportunities, flowers, plants, food, wine and, this year, there will even be live Hog Island sheep!
And did we mention the music? This year’s Art & Music on the Farm festival is geared for old-time music lovers. Virginia’s traditional music finery will be on display for this special day in the country! Music performances celebrating old time, bluegrass and traditional music and dance styles will be presented throughout the day. This year’s musical line-up will feature many master artists who keep Virginia’s musical heritage alive.
A true highlight of the festival is the chance to get up close and personal with the bands in the Music Workshops. Held throughout the day in the 1910 Education building, these workshops feature wonderful back and forth conversations between the musicians and music scholars about the history of their particular music style, all interspersed with singing and strumming. So come on in and sit a spell… whether you stay for 5 minutes or 25 minutes, you’ll love it!
A full schedule of music workshops and performances, as well as participating artists and artisans, will be listed on barrierislandscenter.org or in festival booklets available at the check-in gate on the day of the festival.
Tickets: $5 Rain or Shine…
Please no coolers (plenty of delicious food/drink will be available)
Schedule of Performances for Art & Music on the Farm May 28th, 2016
On the Main Stage:
10:30 – 11:20 a.m.
Libby Dunton, Sheryl Warner, and Gregg Kimball
Dale Jett and Hello Stranger
12:45 – 1:30 p.m.
Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome
2:00 –2:30 p.m.
Julie Shepherd-Powell and Friends
Wayne Henderson and Helen White
Musician Workshops (Held in Lecture Room Inside the 1910 Education Building)
Styles of Appalachian Dance
Julie Shepherd-Powell and Friends (Hosted by Ron Curry)
The early social music of Appalachian was inseparable from dance. Banjos and fiddles set feet moving at social events across the region. In this workshop we will explore solo dance forms from the mountains including clogging and flat footing with acclaimed dancer and musician Julie Shepherd-Powell.
“First Family: The Musical Legacy of the Carter Family”
Dale Jett, Wayne Henderson, and Friends (Hosted by Gregg Kimball)
The legendary Carter Family of Scott County, Virginia—A. P., Sara, and Mother Maybelle—exposed millions of Americans to a rich variety of American and Southern traditional music through their recordings and radio broadcasts. The Carters recast Anglo-American ballads, Victorian tearjerkers, gospel songs, and even blues tunes into their own inimitable style. Today the musical legacy of the Carter Family is still very much alive. Dale Jett, grandson of A.P. and Sara Carter, guitar master Wayne Henderson, and friends will perform songs from the Carter Canon and discuss the lives, times, and musical styles that made the Carters the First Family of Country Music.
“The Birth of Bluegrass: Roots and Branches of Appalachian Music”
Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome (hosted by Gregg Kimball and Ron Curry)
The Appalachian region’s musicians not only preserved Old World musical traditions but also created new ones based in the area’s deep roots. British fiddle tunes and ballads often received fresh expression in the “new-old” style called Bluegrass, a synthesis of Gospel harmony, string band instrumentation, and Blues and Swing influence. Likewise, different instruments came to prominence in the music, as the dobro and mandolin joined the fiddle and banjo as country music staples. This up-close and personal conversation with members of the band Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome will explore the roots and branches of Southern music using each musician’s background and repertoire.