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McCelvey concert series kicks off July 26

July 10, 2014

The Herald (Rock Hill, S.C.)

July 10--YORK -- Traditional Piedmont music will be showcased during two double-feature concerts at the McCelvey Center's Lowry Theatre, 212 E. Jefferson St., York.

This summer's Grand Ole McCelvey Concert Series will highlight Carolina bluegrass, folk, hillbilly, gospel and blues talent.

On July 26, local musician/musician historian Hunter Holmes will take the stage followed by the Spartanburg-based Mill Billy Blues Band. On stage Aug. 16 will be bluegrass champions the Hinson Girls followed by the legendary Briarhoppers. Concerts start at 6 p.m.

Influenced by the front-porch pickers they grew up with in mill towns and farming communities, Mill Billy Blues are four longtime friends who specialize in a variety of acoustic sounds. Freddie Vanderford, Shane Pruitt, Brandon Turner and Matthew Knights are being referred to as the Highwaymen of the Piedmont.

Hunter Holmes, from Laurens, plays quills, harmonica, kazoo and guitar while preserving the heritage of traveling Southern musicians of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Holmes will play songs from the era of jug bands and medicine shows.

The Hinson Girls, four sisters from Lancaster, won the state championship for top bluegrass band in 2012. The band was started by the girls' father in 2010 and includes Kristin, 19, harmonies and guitar; Melissa, 16, harmonies and upright bass; Allison, 16, harmonies and banjo; and Katelyn, 14, lead vocals and mandolin.

The Briarhoppers came together in 1934 to fill the bill for WBT radio's request for a hillbilly band to help promote its products. Celebrating 80 years, the family continues the bluegrass tradition with the band's latest members: Alana Flowers, Hannah Nicole Flowers, Dillon Flowers, Ellie Flowers, Donnie Little and Tom Warlick.

Tickets are $10 at the door or in advance at the Museum of York County and the Historical Center of York County. For information, call 803-684-3948.


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