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TroyFest Bands

June 27, 2013

YellowBrix

June 27--There will be music all over town in Troy on Saturday, June 29.

During the TroyFest activities on Main Street from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., the Thickety Creek Band and Crawley Creek Company will entertain with bluegrass and gospel music.

The Thickety Creek Bluegrass Band, based in Mt. Gilead, is composed of local musicians who have become so popular they have hosted their own bluegrass festival for several years..

Band members are Stephen Thompson on mandolin, Larry Williams on dobro, Ronnie Hinshaw on guitar, Jacob Thompson on bass and Matthew Nance on the banjo.They are all accomplished vocalists.

The Crawley Creek Company is a traditional old-time string band from the Carthage area. Crawley Creek plays old-time country music as well as bluegrass and gospel.

Brothers Wayne and Max Livengood have been entertaining over half a century. With band members Mark Fry, Noah Richardson and Austin Cameron entertaining on the mandolin, fiddle, banjo, dobro, guitar and bass, they have become one of the most popular groups in central North Carolina. All of them join in with vocals.

The Craig Woolard Band

At night, the tempo changes with the highly charged The Craig Woolard Band, which wows their audiences with one of the most diverse repertoires and original crowd participation shows in the industry.

Dancing in the park under the stars is highly encouraged and, when the music starts, almost irresistible.

Woolard's classy and riveting stage presence offers audiences non-stop entertainment. With his distinctive vocal style, he continually delivers the tunes just the way the crowd loves them. The band is always energetic, spontaneous and fresh.

CWB's highly skilled and multi-talented musicians have a passion for all styles of music which they bring to every performance.

All of them are Carolina boys.

Woolard and guitarist Don Jordan are former members of The Embers tribute singers. They are joined by:

-- Guitarist and vocalist Greg Watson who grew up touring with his family on the Southern gospel music circuit and was a devoted fan of Elvis Presley.

-- Bob Nance on trumpet and vocals.

-- Keith Stone, who plays trumpet, trombone, flugelhorn and sings, is a native of Davie County. He spent several years playing at Disney World and free-lancing in the Orlando area before coming back to North Carolina to join The Fabulous Kays.

-- Andy Swindell plays keyboard and acoustic guitar. The Durham native has been an entertainer since elementary school and has played multiple instruments on many beach music recordings and has won awards for songwriting in several national competitions.

-- Adam Barber plays percussion.

-- Jeppy White has recently joined the horn section.

The Craig Woolard Band has consistently won Carolina Beach Music awards since they began performing in 2005, including Group of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Best Male Vocalist and Song of the Year.

Beach music fans love Woolard for his witty personality, relentless energy and powerful voice.

His philosophy is, "Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here, we might as well dance!"

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