Tuesday, 1 May 2007

Bluegrass welcomes royal visitor to Virginia

The Bluegrass Blog reports:

As part of the official welcoming ceremony for the Queen of England’s visit to Virginia, Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys will headline a special tribute to the state’s musical heritage. The show is scheduled for 1.00-5.00 p.m. on Thursday 3 May in Richmond’s Capitol Square, and the public is invited to attend.

Bluegrass and traditional string music are well represented on the show, with guitarist Wayne Henderson, fiddler Montana Young, bluegrass band No Speed Limit, and Gerald Anderson and Spencer Strickland all slated to appear along with the good Doctor. A number of blues, country, and jazz acts from Virginia will also appear, and there is no admission fee.

The Queen is visiting the US to mark the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Jamestown colony. She will sample bluegrass of another sort this weekend when she makes a trip to Churchill Downs for the 133rd running of the Kentucky Derby. More details about the Queen’s visit to the US can be found on the British Monarchy Media Centre web site.