Day 20 - My first day at Galax

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August 4th 2009
Published: October 22nd 2009EDIT THIS ENTRY

Martha on the BanjoMartha on the BanjoMartha on the Banjo

This is a great photo of Martha playing the Banjo. Warming up before heading off to Galax.

Jackson and I checked our internet in the morning.
After lunch Martha, Jackson and I drove to Galax Fiddlers Convention
We met up with Debbie and Martha's family and watched the competition.
Did some jamming that night and got to meet up with a few of Martha's friends, including Jeremy, Stevie, Brett, Jerry Lee. Martha seemed to know everyone, and everyone knew her!
We had a late night jam with a previous member of the Whitetop Mountain Band, Spencer Pennington. He was in good spirits and it was good to meet him.
We then met John Lohman, Virginia State Folklorist, who took us for a ride in his new van.
Quite an exciting day and my first taste of Galax. It is a great place to be.

We got back to Jackson's place probably about 3am, so it was a very long day!

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Arrival in GalaxArrival in Galax
Arrival in Galax

One of the first people I met at Galax was Jeremy. He is a great guy and fantastic musician as well.
Kilby warming upKilby warming up
Kilby warming up

Kilby getting ready to play in the Old-time Fiddle competition. He played Whoa Mule.
Taking a seat at the GrandstandTaking a seat at the Grandstand
Taking a seat at the Grandstand

Debbie and Jackson in the foreground
Food StallsFood Stalls
Food Stalls

They call them Concessions in America
The Whitetop Mountain BandThe Whitetop Mountain Band
The Whitetop Mountain Band

It's strange to see them without an instrument in their hands!
The campgroundThe campground
The campground

This is bluegrass and old time music on a grand scale. People come from all over the world, including Australia.
Thornton and MarthaThornton and Martha
Thornton and Martha

This was an amazing experience to be jamming with the Whitetop Band at Galax.
Ersel at GalaxErsel at Galax
Ersel at Galax

Where ever there is a jam, you'll find Ersel in the middle.
Late night jam with SpencerLate night jam with Spencer
Late night jam with Spencer

Probably about 2am, we had a nice pick with Spencer and Jeremy. It was good to meet Spencer. He is quite a character.

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