Eddie Bond and the New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters | Old-time Appalachian fiddling from Virginia
Homegrown Concerts from the Library of Congress, Co-sponsored by the American Folklife Center
SEPTEMBER 26, 2018, 12:00 PM, No Tickets Required
Eddie Bond is a 2018 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship honoree. He hails from Grayson County, Virginia, which many consider the musical heart of Southwestern Virginia and Appalachian old-time music. Bond was raised in Fries, a tiny town of 600 residents with strikingly rich musical tradition, producing such musical luminaries as Henry Whitter and Ernest Stoneman. Fries is six miles from Galax, home of the Old Fiddlers’ Convention, the oldest and largest fiddlers’ convention in the country. Bond was taught by a maternal grandmother who played guitar and sang music handed down for generations through the Hill family, musicians documented in the American Folklife Center's archival field recordings. His great uncle Leon Hill took him to visit many of the local fiddlers from whom he learned. His paternal grandparents played guitar and sang, and his grandmother Bond, from North Carolina, taught him many of the old mountain ballads he sings today. Family friends included master performers such as Kilby Snow and Glen Smith.
Since 2001, Bond has been the lead singer and fiddler for the New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters, among the most respected of Virginia’s old-time string bands. The Bogtrotters are staples at Galax-area community dances and gatherings and frequent first-place winners at the Old Fiddlers’ Convention, where Bond himself has won countless fiddle contests and twice been named Best All Around Performer—arguably the highest honor in old-time music. Bond has performed all over the world, and remains deeply committed to his local community---performing locally as a solo artist and with others, and teaching a string band course at a high school in Grayson County. Much as the great old-time fiddling masters did for him, Bond never hesitates to take the time to teach, assist, and encourage the next generation of fiddlers.
A free noon concert series presented by the American Folklife Center and the Music Division of the Library of Congress. Most concerts are held in the Coolidge Auditorium (located on the Ground Floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress) or the Whittall Pavilion (next to the Coolidge, on the Ground Floor, Jefferson Building). Occasionally, concerts may be in other locations, which will be specified above in the concert description. Presented in Partnership with the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. NO TICKETS REQUIRED.