RHIANNON and the RELICS Appearing Sun Jul 10th 2016 at 7pm

Tickets: $10

Child prodigies add novelty to most musical performances. But it’s even more awe-inspiring to see a recently minted human play traditional music as old as the Appalachian towns from whence it came.

At age 13, Rhiannon Ramsey is doing just that — fiddling alongside local string band veterans who make up the Relics: Craig Bannerman (bass), Troy Harrison (banjo, guitar, mandolin), Brian Hunter (guitar) and Mike Hunter (mandolin).

Her musicianship and comfort onstage, however, convey anything but newness. Instead, the Arvil Freeman protégé and her bandmates settle into their mountain-made tunes with ease.

The Relics:

Troy Harrison
Troy has been playing music for over 30 years.  A multi-instrumentalist, he plays mainly banjo, mandolin and guitar while carrying on the traditions of his family and community from Madison County.  The legendary banjo player and ballad singer, Obray Ramsey was a major influence on Troy’s music.   When not making music with Rhiannon and the Relics, he also plays with Crooked Pine.

Brian Hunter
Brian Hunter became a professional musician upon graduating from college in 1975.  Over the years, he has co-founded and managed several prominent mountain-area bands including The Buddy Davis Band and The Midnight Plowboys, serving as guitarist, vocalist, square dance caller and host MC.  Brian enjoys singing the classics of the early southern mountain string bands such as The Carter Family and The Stanley Brothers.  By day, Brian owns a CPA firm in the historic Montford district of downtown Asheville, NC
which specializes in tax and accounting services for businesses, professional practices and creative professionals such as musicians, media artists, composers and authors.

Mike Hunter
Mike Hunter grew up in Fairview, NC, and learned to play the mandolin over 40 years ago.  He has played in numerous bands and has toured the country playing bluegrass and old-time.  For about 10 years, he was a member of the Marc Pruett Band, who was the house band at Bill Stanley's in Asheville.

Craig Bannerman
Craig started playing traditional Appalachian and bluegrass music in 1973. He has played mandolin, guitar, dulcimers and bass. He has played with many bands over the past 40 years and is well known in the Western North Carolina music scene. He currently plays bass and sings with Rhiannon and the Relics and Crooked Pine.