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Bluegrass Kinsmen, Slate Mountain Ramblers performing at jamboree




Bluegrass Kinsmen and Slate Mountain Ramblers are the featured performers at New River Community College’s Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club Jamboree.

The Saturday, Jan. 11, performances begin at 6 p.m. in Edwards Hall on the Dublin Campus. Doors open at 5.

Bluegrass Kinsmen was formed in August 1971, recording two albums on a Michigan company’s label in 1978. In the early 2000s, the band made two more recordings on the local label, The Big Wheel.

Band members are Ebby Jewell, Tom Short, Teresa Jewell, Ervin Compton, Ricky Kennedy and Ryan Lester.

Slate Mountain Ramblers is an old-time family band from Ararat. The band has placed at various fiddlers’ conventions and has performed as far away as Gainsborough, England.

Slate Mountain members are Richard Bowman on fiddle; his wife, Barbara, on bass; their daughter, Marsha Bowman Todd, on banjo, and Ted Ashe of Mt. Airy, N.C., on guitar.

Admission is free. However, donations will be accepted to help pay musicians’ travel expenses. The jamborees are held the second Saturday of each month through April.

NRCC is a Crooked Road affiliated venue.

For more information about the events, contact Roger Adkins at 674-3600, ext. 4307, or visit the website online at www.nr.edu/fiddle.