Folk Marathon Night 3: Uncle Henry’s Favorites LIVE

Date: 02/07/2024

Time: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Uncle Henry’s Favorites will serve up some old-time string band music on the third night of this year’s Folk Marathon. This is a free event, open to all. You can also listen on the radio (91.1 FM) or on-line, and even video stream it at WTJU’s Facebook page or YouTube channel.  But concerts always sound better with you as part of the studio audience.

Uncle Henry’s Favorites old-time string band hails from Albemarle County, Virginia, home of rolling hills, Jefferson cups, farms, Wahoos and Cavaliers, mountain streams, and an active and dedicated community of old-time country fiddlers, banjoists, mandolinists, Carter-family-style singing groups, guitar pickers, Cajun accordionists, square dancers, cloggers, bass fiddlers, and countless other homegrown-music enthusiasts. Pete and Ellen Vigour, of White Hall, Jim Childress, from Free Union, and Mark Beall from Stanardsville, formed Uncle Henry’s Favorites in 1985, and have since performed their own special version of old-time music at social occasions throughout their local area.

Jim and Pete take turns with the fiddle and guitar, Ellen plays the mandolin and calls the dances, while Mark provides the bass fiddle accompaniment. Pete also has been playing the banjo since the age of ten, and often frails the old square dance tunes when the band performs. Their album Old-Time String Band Music has won rave reviews, and the band reached a national audience with an appearance on public radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”

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