There are so many wonderful festivals in Galax throughout the year and we welcome folks to make CCSA part of their festival experience by visiting our facility at 100 N. Main St.  Take a tour;  learn about our programming;  sign up for our email list to receive our seasonal online newsletter with exciting new classes, and shop from a wonderful variety of local handmade arts and crafts in our Dixon Vault Gift Galley.  We often have exciting things going on at CCSA during festivals, including artisan demonstrations and hands-on activities for the whole family!  CCSA also hosts yearly events for the general public as well as our wonderful volunteers and supporters.  There’s always something going on in Galax and there’s always exciting stuff happening at CCSA!  Check the links below for more information about all these events.

Concert with Sam Gleaves

March 12, 2016

Sam Gleaves, Photo by Mary Sue ScottConcert with Sam Gleaves
Saturday, March 12, 7:00pm
$10 at the door (advance ticket purchase online will be available beginning February 29)

Born and raised in Wythe County in southwest Virginia, Sam Gleaves performs innovative mountain music with a sense of history. Under the direction of local teacher and barber Jim Lloyd, Sam took up stringband instruments as a teenager, including the banjo, guitar, fiddle, autoharp and dulcimer. With his mentor ballad singer Sheila Kay Adams, Sam found his voice and fell in love with the mountain love songs, which he carries into his generation with pride. Sam’s performances combine traditional Appalachian ballads, dance tunes, original songs and the stories that surround the music.

Sam earned a degree in Folklore from Berea College and has performed throughout the east coast of the U.S. and internationally in Ireland and Japan with the Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble, directed by Al White. Sam writes new songs in the Appalachian tradition, telling stories about love, the home place, working people and present social issues in the mountains.

Sam’s music has been featured on Kentucky Educational Television, West Virginia Public Radio, Appalshop’s WMMT FM, and in print for LEO Weekly and Still Journal. With three recordings under his belt, (Shadow of a Song 2010, A Little While In The Wilderness 2012, and Carrying On: Live Performances 2013) Sam is currently collaborating with producer and activist-musician Cathy Fink on his recently released debut album of his original songs, "Ain’t We Brothers".

This class is part of CCSA's Music Making in Galax program, which is supported in part by a grant from National Endowment for the Arts.

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Concert with Bill Dillof and Paula Bradley

April 23, 2016

Bill Dilloff and Paula BradleyConcert with Bill Dillof and Paula Bradley, aka "Moonshine Holler"
Saturday, April 23, 7:00pm
Admission $10 (Advance tickets will be sold online and at the school beginning April 11)

Join us for a concert with husband and wife duo Bill Dillof and Paula Bradley, also known as Moonshine Holler.

Moonshine Holler can only be described as "a two person music festival that captures the essence of American southern roots music." Featuring Appalachian ballads, blues and breakdowns on more musical instruments than they can juggle - fiddle, banjo, guitar, Hawaiian guitar, harmonica and ukulele - the duet has performed across the country and abroad. Sometimes rowdy, sometimes reverent, always a ruckus!

Moonshine Holller - Paula Bradley and Bill DilloffA two-person music festival that captures the essence of American southern roots music, this duet is devoted to the rich repertoire of old-time music.

A West-by God-Virginian, Bradley toured Germany and the U.S with old-time darlings "Uncle Earl"; she has also toured and recorded with banjo innovator Tony Trischka and traditional music powerhouse Bruce Molsky; she appears on Trischka's CD "Territory", named 2009 "Best Americana Album" by the Independent Music Awards (IMA). Dillof is a member of the legendary NYC-based band "Major Contay & The Canebrake Rattlers" who have been at the heart of NYC's roots music scene for over 30 years.

This class is part of CCSA's Music Making in Galax program, which is supported in part by a grant from National Endowment for the Arts.

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Ivy Rowe with Barbara Bates Smith and Jeff Sebens

June 12, 2016

Ivy Rowe with Barbara Bates Smith, accompanied by Jeff Sebens

Sunday, June 12, 3:00 pm, reception to follow
Ticket price TBD

Barbara Bates Smith Ivy Rowe“Ivy Rowe” is a stage presentation of Lee Smith’s novel “Fair and Tender Ladies” and is the story of one crusty mountain woman’s life through 20th century Appalachia. Barbara co-adapted the story with Mark Hunter, and has been performing it for 30 years off Broadway and around the country. Ivy Rowe is a spunky mountain woman whose story takes us in a flashback through a life of “livin’ on love.” With a sensuous nature and a flair for storytelling, Ivy (and Barbara) paints a vivid picture of 20th Century revivals, mine disasters, rural electrification, the Depression, and three wars.
Jeff Sebens provides musical accompaniment on lap and hammered dulcimer.

The performance will be followed by a reception with the artists.

Click here to learn more about the show and about Barbara Bates Smith

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