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Uncle Shuffelo and His Haint Hollow Hootenanny

Johnson City Press • Jun 27, 2019 at 10:31 AM

HILTONS – On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia will host an old-time music concert by Uncle Shuffelo and His Haint Hollow Hootenanny.

Concert admission is $10 for adults, $2 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. Tickets are available at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the Carter Family Museum and Carter birthplace cabin are open from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. and again at intermission.

Uncle Shuffelo and His Haint Hollow Hootenanny is a seven-piece, old-time string band from Rover, Tennessee, with musical influences by the Carter Family, Gid Tanner, Uncle Dave Macon, the Coon Creek Girls and many other old-time bands from years past. Band members emanate from the Williams and Derryberry Families. Uncle Shuffelo (Keith Williams) plays banjo. Austin Derryberry, age 19, plays fiddle, banjo, ukulele, guitar and harmonica. Brian Derryberry plays upright bass. Conner Derryberry, age 11, plays the banjo, bones and spoons. Emma Jean Williams plays autoharp and jug. Megan Williams, age 22, plays washboard and kazoo. Courtney Derryberry, age 20, plays guitar, banjo, ukulele and tuba.

Uncle Shuffelo and the Hootenanny have won many accolades including old-time band championships at the State of Tennessee Old Time Fiddlers Convention, Tennessee Valley Fiddlers Convention and the Uncle Dave Macon Old Time Music Festival. Their individual championships include Austin on old-time fiddle, banjo, autoharp and old-time singing; Connor as the 2016 Double Fellowship Award recipient at the Uncle Dave Macon Old Time Music Festival and Megan and Courtney for old time singing. 

The Hootenanny plays “old-time hillbilly music for the soul,” and have performed many times at the Fold. Their first performance nearly “brought the house down,” according to a press release from the venue.

The Hootenanny often attend services at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church in Hiltons following their concerts at the Fold. In addition to being some of the finest old-time musicians around, the Fold said they’re “also some of the nicest folks you’ll ever meet.” 

Carter Family Memorial Music Center is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic mountain music. The center is a family-friendly, drug and alcohol-free venue. In addition to the performance area, the venue maintains the Carter Family Museum and the A.P. Carter birthplace cabin. Both the cabin and the museum are historic landmarks and are open from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and later at performance intermission on Saturdays. For more information on the center, visit www.carterfamilyfold.org.

Partial program funding for programs is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Marketing and technical assistance are provided by Virginia Tourism Corporation. To access recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054.

Carter Fold can be found on Facebook and at Twitter @carterfoldinfo. To speak to a Fold volunteer staff member for additional information, call 276-594-0676. 

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