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Performances, 2004

January 2, 2004
Rex Theater, downtown Galax, VA - LIVE broadcast, 8 - 10 pm. Blue Ridge Backroads Show,
broadcast over WBRF-FM 98.1 Galax, VA

January 10, 2004
WPAQ Merry-Go-Round - live radio broadcast on WPAQ-AM 740, 11 am -1 pm,
from the Cinema Theater, downtown Mount Airy, North Carolina. Free to the public, live audience welcome!

February 6 - 8, 2004
University of Chicago Folk Festival - WOW! We're gonna have us some fun! Check their website for updates and schedules.

March 19,20,21, 2004
"Virginia Farming" PBS TV interview and performance.
Billy will be interviewed about our Christmas Tree Farm, and the Rounders will play a short set. This will be broadcast three times over the weekend.
Please check www.wvpt.net and www.onthefarmradio.com for broadcast details.

April 23 - 24, 2004
Weekend in Pittsburgh, PA:
Dance, workshops & concert - more info, see: http://www.reedisland.com/RIR/pitts.htm

May 27-29, 2004
Fiddler's Grove Festival, Union Grove, NC

June 4-5, 2004
Mount Airy Fiddler's Convention, Mount Airy, NC

June 11-13, 2004
Henry Reed Memorial Fiddler's Convention, Glen Lyn, VA

June 12-13 2004
Galax Leaf & Strings Festival, Galax, VA
Betty will participate in the Fiddle Showcase on Saturday afternoon, 2pm, in the Rex Theater. The Rounders will perform on the outdoor stage Sunday at 12:30 pm.

June 17-20, 2004
West Virginia Folk Festival, Glenville WV.
One of our very favorite festivals! Good music, open jamming, dancing, free admission, local crafts and quality contests. The Rounders will perform in Friday evening's concert.

June 26, 2004
Blue Ridge Music Center, Blue Ridge Parkway, Fisher's Peak, VA
The Rounders will join the evening concert from 7-10 pm.

June 25-26, 2004
Grayson County Fiddler's Convention, Elk Creek, VA

Aug 4-8, 2004
Appalachian String Band Festival, Camp Washington Carver, Clifftop, WV
The Rounders won 5th place in the Traditional Band finalists at Clifftop in 2002. And Diane won 2nd place in Senior Banjo for 2003!

August 9-14, 2004
Galax Old Fiddler's Convention, Galax, VA

Sept. 8-12, 2004
JP Fraley Mountain Music Festival,
Carter Caves State Park, Kentucky. Four days of Old Time Mountain Music in the beautiful scenery of Carter Caves State Park, in eastern Kentucky (just off I-64). Concerts, workshops, and open 'jams' take place in the shaded amphitheater near the park's Lodge. Legendary Kentucky fiddler JP Fraley's family has organized this unpretentious and entertaining festival for 30 years. The Reed Island Rounders are among several 'regular' performers, including the Corn Drinkers, from Dayton, Ohio,  master guitarist Robin Kessinger, and innovative dulcimer artist Alan Freeman.

Sept. 18?,  2004
Ed Haley Old Time Fiddle Contest & Festival - Poage Landing Days, Ashland, Ky.
This fiddle contest was originated a few years ago, with the support of family and friends of the late Ed Haley. Also offered are workshops by various fiddlers and banjo players, such as J.P. Fraley, Bobby Taylor & John Herrod. Please contact 1-800-377-6249 for more information.

Sept. 24-26, 2004
FOOTMAD Festival, Fayetteville, WV
The Rounders will be giving concert performances and workshops in fiddle & banjo, as well as playing for the Saturday night contradance!

October 1- 3, 2004
Appalachian Heritage Festival  - Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, WV

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Performances - 2003

February 1, 2003
WPAQ Merry-Go-Round - live radio broadcast on WPAQ-AM 740, 11 am -1 pm,
from the Cinema Theater, downtown Mount Airy, North Carolina. Free to the public, live audience welcome!

February 1, 2003
Blacksburg Square Dance - Blacksburg, Va., with caller Nancy Mamlin, 8-11pm.

UK & IRELAND TOUR!!!!
February 21-26, 2003
Friends of American Old Time Music and Dance Festival - Gainsborough, England
The Rounders will be performing and teaching various workshops during the festival. During the following week Diane & Betty will be teaching Intermediate Banjo and Beginning Fiddle classes. Please visit the FOAOTMAD website for more information.

Feb. 28, 2003
Dunton Bassett Folk Club, The Red Admiral, Leicester, England
Friday night Folk Club gig, along with master guitarist Steve Hicks, and other local artists

March 1, 2003
The Robin Hood Folk Club, The Nags head and Plough, Nottingham, England
Saturday night Folk Club gig, along with master guitarist Steve Hicks, and other local artists

March 3, 2003
Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, Ireland
Pub gig (we don't know the name of the pub yet), southwest of Dublin, along with Dublin's premier Old Time Band, the Rough Deal String Band.

March 5, 2003
Smuggler's Creek Inn, Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Concert with banjoist & balladeer Alec Somerville, opening.

March 6, 2003
Rodden's Bar, Buncrana, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Pub gig......

March 7, 2003
The Bridge Bar, Ramelton, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Pub gig, at 10 pm, after playing for a photographic exhibit opening earlier in the evening, in Letterkenny.

....back in the states....
the 2003 Festival Season begins. 
Below are a few of the events where the Rounders will be playing informally or in scheduled performances:

May 9-10, Weekend in Pittsburgh, PA: Dance, workshops & concert - more info, see: http://www.reedisland.com/RIR/pitts.htm

May 23-25, 2003
Fiddler's Grove Festival, Union Grove, NC

June 6-7, 2003
Mount Airy Fiddler's Convention, Mount Airy, NC

June 19-22, 2003
West Virginia Folk Festival, Glenville WV.
One of our very favorite festivals! Good music, open jamming, dancing, free admission, local crafts and quality contests. The Rounders may perform in one of the evening concerts.

June 27-28, 2003
Grayson County Fiddler's Convention, Elk Creek, VA

July 29- Aug 3, 2003
Appalachian String Band Festival, Camp Washington Carver, Clifftop, WV
The Rounders won 5th place in the Traditional Band finalists at Clifftop in 2002. And Diane just won 2nd place in Senior Banjo for 2003!

August 4-9. 2003
Galax Old Fiddler's Convention, Galax, VA

August 4-9, 2003
John C. Campbell Folk School,
Diane Jones will be teaching Banjo Class (Beginning Old-Time 5-string Frailing Banjo) throughout the week. The Rounders will join her on Friday night for the concert, and for a square dance on Saturday night, called by Bob Dalsemer.

August 17, 2003
Poor Farmer's Store, in Vesta, VA,
just 1 mile off the Blue Ridge Parkway toward Stuart on Hwy 58.
The Rounders will be playing from 2 - 5:30pm for your listening and dancing pleasure.

August 22-23, 2003
Ashe County Arts Council , Jefferson, NC, 
The Rounders will join the Appalachian Mountain Girls, Wet Paint, and Ginny Tobiassen for their monthly Coffee House at 7:30 pm Saturday August 23rd. $8 -adults/$5 children. call 336-246-ARTS
If you are there on Friday night, Aug 22, please have dinner or snacks at the Sweet Aromas restaurant downtown! The Rounders will be playing music to eat by...
And tune in to Gary Poe's Saturday morning radio show at 11 am. to hear even more of the Rounders live! (sorry, I don't have the radio info at hand...)

Sept. 2-7, 2003
JP Fraley Mountain Music Festival,
Carter Caves State Park, Kentucky. Four days of Old Time Mountain Music in the beautiful scenery of Carter Caves State Park, in eastern Kentucky (just off I-64). Concerts, workshops, and open 'jams' take place in the shaded amphitheater near the park's Lodge. Legendary Kentucky fiddler JP Fraley's family has organized this unpretentious and entertaining festival for 30 years. The Reed Island Rounders are among several 'regular' performers, including the Corn Drinkers, from Dayton, Ohio,  master guitarist Robin Kessinger, and innovative dulcimer artist Alan Freeman.

Sept. 20, 2003
WVTF-FM Dedication of their new studio!
The Rounders will appear live from noon to one on WVTF, as they celebrate the opening of their new radio station and studios!

Sept. 2003
Ed Haley Old Time Fiddle Contest & Festival - Poage Landing Days, Ashland, Ky.
This fiddle contest was originated a few years ago, with the support of family and friends of the late Ed Haley. Also offered are workshops by various fiddlers and banjo players, such as J.P. Fraley, Bobby Taylor & John Herrod. Please contact 1-800-377-6249 for more information.

Oct. 19-24, 2003
Augusta Heritage Workshops "October Old-Time Week"
A wonderful week of instruction, jamming and dance in the scenic mountains of West Virginia. Betty will teach a week-long class in Intermediate Fiddle.

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Past appearances

March 8-9, 2002
Pittsburgh Square Dance, Banjo & Fiddle Workshops, and House Concert, Pittsburgh, PA

Appalshop Old Time Fiddle Day, Nov.22, 1997.
A day devoted to fiddle workshops with masters JP Fraley, Roger Cooper, Jenny Allinder and Betty Vornbrock, through the Appalshop Performing Arts Program, in Whitesburg, Ky.

Sept. 22-24, 2000
FOOTMAD FALL FLING 2000!  The Fall Fling is FOOTMAD's annual festival of folk music and dance.
Come to Fayette County for an indoor/outdoor music and dance festival. Performance and workshop areas are sheltered, so the festival goes on rain or shine. The Reed Island Rounders perform for concerts, square dances and the Master Fiddler's workshop. 

Augusta Heritage Workshops "October Old-Time Week" A wonderful week of instruction, jamming and dance in the scenic mountains of West Virginia. Betty taught Advanced Fiddle in 2000, and Intermediate Fiddle in 1999 & 2003.

Augusta Heritage Workshops Summer "Old-Time Week", 1996. One of the best workshops around, featuring artists to teach all levels of several Old-Time instruments, as well as vocals and dance, held in the mountains of West Virginia. In 1996 Betty taught a "Waltz Fiddle" class as part of Old-Time Week.

Ashe County Arts Council, "Coffeehouse" - Jefferson, North Carolina.

July 28, 2000
Blue Ridge Crossroads LIVE at the REX! - live radio broadcast on WBRF-FM 98.1,
from the REX Theater in downtown Galax, VA. 8-10pm. With guests, Kirk & Lisa Sutphin.

Mount Airy, North Carolina. Surry Arts Center "Blue Ridge Jamboree". This is an evening concert of Old Time and Bluegrass music, held in the comfortable "Andy Griffith Playhouse", in downtown Mount Airy. It features local musicians, and the audience is encouraged to get up and dance along.

JP Fraley Mountain Music Festival, Carter Caves State Park, Ky. Every September, the week after Labor Day! See you there!

JP Fraley "Dream Retreat" fiddle workshop. 
These three-day weekends are held in April and October at the JP's rustic mountain home in Kentucky. And more recently in Clarkesville, Ga. (July 2001), and Wrightstown, Pa. (Oct. 2001).

July 16, 2000
Edinburgh, Scotland- Old-Time jam session at the Tass Pub, - 8 pm.,
(on Royal Mile) with Nigel Gatherer and "Clutching at Straws".

July 17, 2000
Edinburgh, Scotland- Old-Time Fiddle Workshop with Betty Vornbrock, at St. Colm's Church, 7 pm.
Betty will teach some fundamental aspects of old-time fiddling & bowing. Intermediate-advanced fiddlers, please. Guitarists welcome, as well.  

WPAQ Merry-Go-Round - live radio broadcast on WPAQ-AM 740, 11 am -1 pm, from the Cinema Theater, downtown Mount Airy, North Carolina. Free to the public, live audience welcome!

Ararat, Virginia Square Dance. This weekly dance is a wonderful way to experience traditional Southwest Virginia square dance calling, with plenty of opportunity to two-step, waltz, flatfoot, and clog dance to live Old Time music, on a great wooden floor!

Burgiss' Barn, Laurel Springs, NC. Another great weekly dance down in the beautiful hills of North Carolina. Each Saturday two bands, one Old-Time and one Bluegrass, trade sets for a variety of lively dance music.

Greensboro Dance, Greensboro, North Carolina. Squares and contradances both taught to live music once a month.

Cincinnati Contradance - Cincinnati, Ohio, with caller Keith Cornett

Blacksburg Square Dance - Blacksburg, Va., with caller Beverly Smith, 8-11pm.

February 1996, 1999, & 2003
Friends of American Old Time Music and Dance Festival - Gainsborough, England

Denton Square Dance - Denton, NC. 7:30-11 pm.
Another nice little community of dedicated dancers. The Rounders trade off the evening's sets with the local 'house' bluegrass band. .

June 17-20,1999
West Virginia Folk Festival, Glenville WV. 
This year celebrates the 50th year of the festival, and is dedicated to the late Wilson Douglas. Betty, Billy, and Wilson's long-time banjo partner Kim Johnson will be presenting a musical tribute to Wilson during the Saturday evening concert.

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