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Happy Valley Pals

Happy Valley Pals House Concert
Friday, June 13, 7:30 p.m. $12
at the home of Eve and Gordon Graham in Forest Park

Please reserve your space by e-mailing joycecauthen@gmail.com or calling 205-822-0505.  Bring small folding chairs when you come.
These folks are great musicians with a fun repertoire and are fun and friendly to boot.  It'll be a great evening.

About the Band

The Happy Valley Pals are an old-time string band featuring bluesy fiddling, animated guitar, growling bowed bass, and lively fingerpicked banjo. Though the Pals have only performed under that name since 2010, they have made music together for almost twenty years. Individually, Wayne and Margaret Martin, Gail Gillespie, and Dwight Rogers have played in various Southern string bands for decades. 
The Pals share deep family and musical roots in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. All have learned fiddle, banjo, and guitar tunes directly from elder musicians in the Piedmont and mountains of the South, as well from the brilliant 78 rpm recordings from the 1920s and ‘30s. Margaret and Gail’s vocals and driving banjo and guitar work, Wayne’s soulful fiddling, and Dwight’s bowed bass provide a haunting sound that is both of yesterday and today. Their music has been strongly influenced by old-time musicians in the North Carolina Piedmont such as A.C. Overton, Lauchlin Shaw, and Smith McInnis plus old-time recording artists from the late 1920’s including North Georgia’s Seven Foot Dilly and His Dill Pickles and Andrew and Jim Baxter and early 20th century Tennessee bands Dr. Humphrey Bate and His Possum Hunters and The Roan County Ramblers.