All ages show - $10 Advance/$12 at the door (12 and under $5)
Joe Troop is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, singer-songwriter and rambler from the hills of North Carolina. Steeped in the musical traditions of his stomping grounds, Joe has taken his lifelong fascination with the Appalachian string band around the world. In 2002 at the age of 19 he picked up his banjo and fiddle and moved to southern Spain. He spent two years there immersed in gipsy jazz, flamenco and North African mountain music, studying Spanish, French, Japanese and Arabic. He made several very influential trips to Morocco and bounced around Western Europe. At 22 he moved to a remote village in the Japanese Alps, where he hung out with hillbillies, learning to speak their language fluently and partaking in their curious cultural traditions. Joe returned to North Carolina in 2007 to pursue various projects. He formed and led a swing band, as a banjoist he accompanied his mentor Guogang Li, a remarkable Chinese er-huist and composer, and he toured around the United States playing fiddle with the bluegrass band, Town Mountain until deciding to live in South America. In January of 2010 Joe moved to Argentina. Since that time he has been living in the city of Buenos Aires, teaching fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitar, and creating original music with the talented double bassist, Diego Sánchez.
"Mason spent his childhood accompanying his dad to fiddlers’ conventions, music festivals, concerts, and jams, where he soaked up not only his father’s music but that of countless others"- Virginia Folklife Program
"Mason Via is a talented song-writer and multi-instrumentalist from North Carolina, making his mark across the region in coffee houses, concert venues and festivals and was the winner of Shakori Hills’ Fall 2014 band contest. With an impressive group of supporting musicians, you will hear an eclectic blend of funky folk, blues and jazz influenced covers that will make you want to get up and boogie. But his original compositions are the most surprising! Check out his first CD!" - Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival.