The lineup this year includes master musicians, great vocalists, and thoroughly entertaining dance troops. These immensely talented artists are included in your admission to the Fair!
Danny Knicely and Aimee Curl featuring Radim Zenkl
This is a rare performance of a unique trio. Radim Zenkl, a mandolin master from the Czech Republic, with our local favorites, virtuso mult-instrumentalist Danny Knicely and the distinctive voice of Aimee Curl. Danny is an award winning Virginia Folklife mandolin master who has performed with some of the great musicians including Vassar Clements, Chris Eldridge, Tony Trischka, Sara Jarosz, and Bruce Molsky. Aimee plays bass and sings with a number of musicans and bands. She and Danny are half of Furnace Mountain. Radim is known among many as a one of the top mandolin players who has been on the forefront of the modern acoustic scene playing with artists such as Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck, David Grisman, Mike Marshall, and Tony Rice.
Be moved by outrageously great mandolin playing and be captivated by Aimee’s vocals in this extraordinary performance.
The Psycho Exploding Orangutans
The Psycho Exploding Orangutans are Victor Furtado and Andrew Vogts. Catch these phenomenal young musicians, –Victor on claw hammer banjo and Andrew on fiddle, both fresh from playing festivals and the Berklee School of Music. The reaction to these artists are often "who are these young guys?" and "they sure can play!" They are jaw-dropping good.
The Next Generation Showcase led by the Wildmans.
The immensely talented and versatile young musicians, siblings Aila and Eli Wildman, play acoustic string music and hail from Floyd VA. They take inspirations from old bluegrass masters and non-traditional artists to create their fresh take on traditional as well as their own original tunes. The Wildmans will be joined by Victor and Andrew along with Danny Knicely and Aimee Curl for one heck of close out to the music on Saturday.
Originating from the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, Patent Pending has been enthralling audiences across the country with their tight harmony vocals and tasteful bluegrass licks. Featuring outstanding original material, breathing new life into bluegrass classics and tasteful renditions from other genres offers well-rounded seasoned music.
Celtic Rhythm School of Dance.
The Celtic Rhythm School of Dance teaches and performs both traditional Irish dances and steps as well as more contemporary Irish dances. They are a perennial favorite for the Fair.