THE REED ISLAND ROUNDERS WILL PRESENT A PUBLIC CONCERT AT GAGE HALL, 4 ARCHDALE STREET, CHARLESTON SC AT 7 PM, MARCH 17, 2017. DOORS OPEN AT 6:30 PM. SUGGESTED DONATION $20 AT THE DOOR.
The Reed Island Rounders have long been known for not being your typical string band. Drawing from the lonesome hollers of West Virginia, the lively traditions of Kentucky’s fiddlers, their local Blue Ridge Mountains styles, and the North Carolina sounds from Round Peak to the Piedmont, they weave archaic with sophisticated, soulful with foot-stomping, romantic with down-to-earth. The resulting tapestry is alive with texture and color, making for an invigorated dance hall, or a lively and enlightening concert.
Each a veteran of festivals, music camps, and dance circuits, Betty, Billy & Kirk choose the tunes and songs they love the best, bringing a unique variety of sounds to each venue. Betty Vornbrock’s fiddle bow brings energy, emotion, and imagination to their lively tunes, and twin fiddle harmonies with Kirk Sutphin. Kirk is equally adept at frailing banjo and vintage fingerpicking styles, while his fiddling evokes his Round Peak roots. Billy Cornette keeps his rock solid beat and fanciful bass runs on guitar, and is the vocal lead. Kirk Sutphin, adept in different banjo styles, frails or fingerpicks, complimenting each number. His fiddling evokes his Round Peak roots, as well. Hilary Dirlam is a master of a wide range of instruments and musical styles. In 1991 she was chosen to be the program director for the Blue Ridge Old-Time Music Week at Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, NC. She continues to share that position, which allows her to teach classes in guitar, banjo and bass during the week. She is also one of the founders of the Old-Time Herald, an old-time music journal. Hilary joins the band for this weekend on stand up bass.
The Reed Island Rounders’ concert will treat listeners to driving dance beats, tasteful twin fiddling, fun songs, and maybe some music history thrown in!