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Herald Angels in The Listening Room

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Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley

21 West Main Street

Pulaski, VA 24301

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Herald Angels Band - Allice Gerrard, Gail Gillespie, and Kay Justice

Alice Gerrard is a talent of legendary status. In a career spanning some 40+ years, she has known, learned from, and performed with many of the old-time and bluegrass greats and has in turn earned worldwide respect for her own important contributions to the music.

Alice is particularly known for her groundbreaking collaboration with Appalachian singer Hazel Dickens during the 1960s-70s. The duo produced four classic LPs (recently reissued by Rounder on CD) and influenced scores of young women singers. Even The Judds acknowledge Hazel and Alice as an important early inspiration.

GAIL GILLESPIE is a consummate old-time musician and one of the world’s leading experts of old-time fingerpicking banjo. She plays several regional styles, including North Carolina’s old-time two and three finger up-picking banjo traditions. She has been instrumental in teaching many pickers to play banjo styles used in the mountains and piedmont areas of Virginia and North Carolina. Along The Crooked Road and outside the region, Gillespie is a much sought after teacher for solo and “seconding” styles, allowing players to perform with a band as well as with other banjo players.

KAY JUSTICE is a renown, long-time practitioner of Appalachian music from English, West Virginia. She has been described as “singing like a coal country angel who is able to weave some mountain magic that is utterly beautiful in its simplicity and effect.”

Justice began playing folk music in the 1960's while she was a student nurse in Roanoke, Virginia. Her early influences were Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul & Mary, and other folk musicians. While studying biology at Clinch Valley College in Wise Virginia, Justice was introduced to many traditional Appalachian musicians, including the Carter Family, Addie Graham, Uncle Charlie Osborne, Beechard Smith, Roscoe Holcomb and Kate Peters Sturgill. She began searching for and learning the older style songs and tunes and learned to play old time banjo. She developed a keen interest in traditional mountain music styles and began began to seek out more obscure tunes and songs from the Appalachian region.

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