Visiting Master Musicians to present Old Time Appalachian Music Concert and Workshop

Ben and Dave

Master fiddler, Dave Bing, and his protégé Ben Townsend, of West Virginia, will present a concert and a workshop on old time Appalachian music the weekend of September 9th in Marquette. The events are sponsored by the Hiawatha Music Co-op and the Carroll Paul Memorial Trust Fund of the Peter White Public Library.

Dave Bing and Ben Townsend have represented West Virginia Appalachian music for the past several years through performances and workshops across the US and internationally. Born and raised in West Virginia in highly musical environments, Dave and Ben were able to spend time with the legends of old-time and bluegrass of the region at an early age. Their love and respect for Appalachian music is evident and they have been sought after as ambassadors to represent their region’s music.

Dave first learned guitar from his mother at age five, then began playing banjo and fiddle in his teens. He was influenced by old-time and traditional music of West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio; and was able to hear and learn from masters of the time. Dave and his wife live on a farm in central West Virginia, where he builds violins.

Born and raised in Romney, West Virginia, multi-instrumentalist Ben Townsend has extensively studied Appalachian traditional music. He is familiar with a variety of old-time traditions: ranging from the archaic, haunting fiddling of his home state, to the Round Peak music of North Carolina and Virginia, to the Bluegrass of East Kentucky and Ohio.

As a member of several old time bands, Ben has traveled from his home base in Elkins, West Virginia, across the country and around the world, spreading his unique take on West Virginia regional old-time music. He has shared the stage with acts as various as Ralph Stanley, to the Henry Girls of County Donegal, Ireland, to the Taiko drummers of Yamagata Prefecture, Japan.

Both Dave and Ben have been the subjects of recent highly acclaimed documentary films.

Performances by Dave and Ben are relaxed, intimate and interactive as they swap instruments to showcase their different backgrounds. Audiences will be treated to a variety of regional tunes from two diverse, yet similar viewpoints.

The Concert is 7:00-9:00 pm, Friday, September 9th in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library. Admission is $5.00 at the door for ages 12 and over. The free Workshop is 1:00-2:00 pm on Saturday, September 10th, also in the Community Room of the Library. The monthly acoustic community jam will follow the workshop 2:00-5:00 pm at the Library. Participants are encouraged to stay to play, listen or both.


For more information contact: Phil Watts – pwatts@nmu.edu   226-9868 or the HMC

office 226-8575



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The Jeremy Kittel Trio

Dean Magraw & Peter Ostroushko

Jonathan Byrd and the  Pickup Cowboys

Les Poules a Colin

The Claire Lynch Band

Red Tail Ring

The Henrie Brothers

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The Hiawatha Music Non-Profit Corporation is organized exclusively to provide and promote traditional music and dance, educate and inform society on traditional American music and encourage the appreciation of such music through the facility of an annual traditional music festival.
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