SPEAKER: Gandydancer Stringband
EVENT DATE: 2007/12/12
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 61 minutes
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Gandydancer performs traditional string band music from West Virginia as part of the American Folklife Center's Homegrown Concert Series.
Speaker Biography: The West Virginia stringband, Gandydancer, performs spirited old-time mountain music on a variety of stringed instruments. Five musicians, from various counties in West Virginia, play driving fiddle tunes and banjo pieces, and sing ballads, folksongs and old-time spirituals in four-part harmony. The band takes its name from 19th-century railroad workers; much of their material emanates from that era. Ron Mullennex, Dave Bing, Mark Payne, Jim Martin and Gerry Milnes represent lifetimes of experience collecting and performing traditional music. They pride themselves on bringing to life unusual, old and rare selections at their performances.