Trevor & Travis Stuart will be featured in a concert at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown at 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 7. The concert will be held in the Folk School’s Keith House Community Room.
The Stuart Brothers are world renown for their masterful performances of Appalachian fiddle and banjo duets. Trevor and Travis were born and raised in Bethel, a rural farming community in Haywood County, NC. These majestic ranges surrounded the young brothers with the rich musical and cultural environment of Appalachian fiddle tunes, Baptist spirituals, banjo pickers, all-night square dance shindigs and poetic tale weavers. With deep family musical roots, their great grandfather was the legendary fiddler Rev. Henry King, and great uncle the banjoist and singer Austin Stamey. The brothers learned some of the oldest regional fiddle and banjo styles from masters such as the Smathers Family, Byard Ray, Oscar “Red” Wilson, Gordon Freeman, and the Sutton family. They formed their first band in junior high and played for local clogging teams, local functions and fiddlers conventions. Since then they have toured extensively throughout the US and several foreign countries, teaching and performing at major festivals and music camps. For over a decade, the Stuart brothers have led the Haywood County JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians) an after-school program funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Together and separately they have performed at some of the world’s most prestigious stages: London’s Albert Hall, Dublin’s Vicar Street, Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble, and New York City’s Beacon Theater.
Phil Jamison is a nationally known caller, old-time musician, and clogger who calls a mix of fun, fast-paced, contras, old-time squares and Southern Appalachian big circle dances. A long-time member of the Green Grass Cloggers, his dancing was featured in the film “Songcatcher,” for which he served as dance consultant.
Beginners should come promptly at 8 pm, since we start with easier dances and more teaching early in the evening.
Ages 12-18: $4
Under 12: $3
Annie Fain is a native of the crafts and music/dance community of Brasstown and is now the Folk School’s Music & Dance Coordinator. She teaches a variety of classes at the school including book arts, clawhammer banjo, Appalachian clogging, and waltz clogging. Annie Fain plays banjo and banjo uke for the all-woman string band, Blue Eyed Girl, and has danced with both Loafers Glory Clog Morris and the Green Grass Cloggers. She continues to sell her handmade books, greeting cards, and original watercolors regionally and always wishes there were more time in a day!