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Old-time Virginia Roots music at WTA’s Gateway

Mark Campbell and the Campbell Family Band will perform early Southern Highland music at WTA’s Gateway on Friday, March 23 at 8:00 pm.  The band specializes in string band music of an earlier era along with solo fiddle playing, singing with banjo and fiddle/banjo duets.  The performance is supported by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts.  WTA’s Gateway is located at 329 West Main in Downtown Waynesboro.

Mark Campbell is a traditional musician who is dedicated to preserving and passing down old Appalachian region fiddle and banjo styles.   A Waynesboro native, Mark has traveled around the region, collecting and playing the old style of music.  He learned bowing and picking styles from some of the giants of the last generation of great musicians of North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

In 2008, Mark was named the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities’ Master fiddler.  He was also the 2001 Champion Fiddler at the Appalachian String Band Festival at Clifftop, West Virginia, has twice won the State Fair of Virginia fiddle contest, and has won the West Virginia State Folk Festival banjo and fiddle competitions.  Mark travels throughout the region, performs concerts/lectures, teaches classes, plays for dances and produces solo and band recordings.

The Campbell Family Band is composed of Mark Campbell and his wife Martha Gravett who plays church bass and clogs, daughter Molly who plays mandolin and banjo and daughter Mauren who plays guitar and sings.  Together they demonstrate roots of the traditional Old-Time Music that gave life to music in the Shenandoah Valley and the highlands of the Blue Ridge and the Appalachian Mountains.

Reserved tickets for the Campbell Family Bands are $10 and are available online at or at the box office 540-943-9999.  Available tickets can be purchased at the box office on the night of performance.

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