Untamed Sense of Control: A Celebration of String Music

Untamed Sense of Control: A Celebration of String Music

This concert brings together two well-respected and long-established Virginia string bands for a crowd-pleasing evening of old-time music.

Cary Street Ramblers play old-time Appalachian string band music. Their repertoire consists of a wide selection of tunes and songs performed in a manner reminiscent of early country music - the kind that would have been heard on old 78 recordings and in the early days of radio broadcasting. The heart of the Ramblers' style is built around the traditional fiddle and banjo tunes and styles from the mountains of Southwest Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, West Virginia, and Western North Carolina. While staying true to the traditions embodied in Appalachian Old-Time Music, the Ramblers’ varied collection of tunes and songs allows the band to appeal to a broad audience of acoustic music enthusiasts.

Runaway String Band brings together four long-time Williamsburg-area musicians whose mix of traditional and contemporary bluegrass, old-time, and swing music builds on the spirit of the early string bands. String band music has long been a staple of the American musical tapestry. Early groups like Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers, and Gid Tanner and his Skillet Lickers blended together old tunes and songs with contemporary pieces into a unique and wonderful sound that delighted the ears of listeners. In this tradition, Runaway String Band combines lush vocal harmonies and hot instrumentals into a rich sound that provides audiences with a delightful taste of traditional and popular American music.

Tickets: $5 for general admission ($4 for Friends of WRL).

This new pricing was made possible by the Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation.


Friday, February 23, 2018 - 7:30pm


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