Bruce Carveth crosses the border with his English Concertina, October 29

Canadian native Bruce Carveth will stop by WTJU Friday afternoon, October 29, for a live performance with an English Concertina on his knee. Sunset Road airs Friday afternoon from 4-6 (edt) at 91.1 FM, and streaming at wtju.net.

Bruce Carveth is from Toronto, Ontario, but has lived in Central Virginia since 1983. He attended the 1971 Union Grove Fiddler’s convention and began an annual rhythmic return to the Blue Ridge Mountains in search of old time music. From 1973 to 1976, he was a summertime apprentice to Dave Sturgill in his banjo and fiddle shop in Piney Creek, North Carolina. As banjo player for Sturgill’s band, the Skyland Strings, he squandered his youth attending scores of fiddler’s conventions. He won 2nd place at the Galax Old Fiddler’s convention in 1974.

In the later 1970s, Bruce vagabonded to Blacksburg VA, Halifax NS, and Staunton VA in search of new music. He landed in Charlottesville, drawn to its lively, authentic traditional music scene. He has played in many local bands (Mice in the Attic, Reel of Fortune and Maggie Muggins) for contra and square dances down through the years. He plays fiddle (American Old-Time), tenor and claw-hammer banjos and English concertina (mostly fiddle and novelty tunes). In 2018 Bruce won the Woolen Mills Concertina Championship, English Concertina Division(!).

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