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March jamboree features Whitetop and Comptons

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

March’s Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club Jamboree at New River Community College will feature the bluegrass tunes of The Comptons and Company, and Whitetop Mountain Band.

The event will be held Saturday, March 8, in Edwards Hall room 117 on the Dublin campus. Doors open at 5 p.m. and music and dancing begins at 6. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to help pay musician travel expenses.

Family members Roger, Darryl and Clinton Compton, from Willis, have performed together as The Comptons and Company for over 30 years at venues including Galax Fiddler’s Convention. They will be joined by Sam Bolt on banjo and Allen Surface on mandolin during their NRCC performance, but they also have performed with musicians such as Junior Sisk and Sammy Shelor.

Roger sings lead vocals and plays bass, while Darryl sings tenor and Clinton sings baritone. Both Darryl and Clinton play guitar.

Whitetop Mountain Band is another family band that originated in the 1940s and hails from Whitetop. Although the group specializes in old-time fiddle and banjo picking, it is noted for its musical versatility. Touches of blues, classic country, honky-tonk and traditional bluegrass will be found in the band’s performances.

Whitetop has performed at square dances, festivals and competitions throughout the United States, and has performed internationally in the United Kingdom and Australia.

Current members are Thornton Spencer, fiddle; Emily Spencer, banjo, guitar and vocals; Martha Spencer, guitar, banjo, fiddle and vocals; Jackson Cunningham, mandolin, guitar and vocals; Ersel Fletcher, guitar and vocals, and Debbie Bramer, bass.

The jamborees are held the second Saturday of each month through April. NRCC is a Crooked Road-affiliated venue.

For more information on the jamborees, contact Roger Adkins at 674-3600, ext. 4307, or visit www.nr.edu/fiddle.

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