SAC presents old-time music workshop, begins filming project

First Posted: 6/4/2009

Music enthusiast can learn how to play with the best of em at the Old-time workshop presented by the Surry Arts Council today from 11 a.m. to noon at the 38th Mount Airy Fiddlers Convention.
Being held at the Veteran Memorial Park at 631 West Lebanon Street, the event will be led by Jim Vipperman of Vips Violins and star Benton Flippen (fiddle), Richard Bowman (fiddle), Marsha Todd (banjo & fiddle), Verlen Clifton (mandolin), and Kirk Stuphin (banjo & fiddle).
Organizers say the event is a chance to ask questions and meet legendary old-time musicians.
During the workshop, Grammy Award-winning musician David Holt will interview blue grass artists such as Alice Gerrard for a 30-minute segment to be featured in the UNC-TV series Folkways. The show will focus on the importance and significance of Surry County and Mount Airys traditional music.
The arts council received a $7,500 grant in August 2008 through the Grassroots Arts Program from the North Carolina Arts Council to also help with the project, along with $12,500 from the Mount Airy Tourism Development Authority.
The series, which is hosted by Holt, explores the states history from folk art and folk music to simple pioneer living.
Tanya Jones, the executive director with the arts council, said Holt and the film crew also filmed during the Tommy Jarrell Festival in March, which will be included in the segment.
For more information about the workshop call the festival coordinator Gary Willard at 345-7388, or the Surry Arts Council at 786-7998.

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