Performed jointly by The Orpheus Supertones, from southeastern Pennsylvania, and Uncle Henry’s Favorites, from Charlottesville, Virginia, this show will certainly set your toes a-tappin’ and put a smile on your face as these folks run through a gamut of Old Time fiddle tunes, other instrumentals, songs, and stories. These two groups brought the “Battle of the Bands” to Charlottesville back in 2010. When it comes to Old Time music, these bands have some of the oldest histories of any present-day groups.
These folks have devoted their lives to this tradition and bring not only a great deal of sensitivity to the music, but also plenty of spirit and humor in the vein of past Old Time performers. Bring the family for an evening of entertainment you won’t forget.
The Orpheus Supertones
The Orpheus Supertones have been together for nearly fifteen years. Banjo player Pete Peterson played in the Golden Age Retrievers starting in the late ‘60’s. Fiddling bandmate Walt Koken also had a band then, and in the ‘70’s he helped form the acclaimed Highwoods Stringband. Bassist Hilary Dirlam played in the Arm and Hammer String Band, back in the 70’s. She has also played with master North Carolina old timers Carroll Best and Luke Smathers, now deceased, and has recorded the music of native Nepalese musicians and singers. Fiddler Clare Milliner honed her craft in the Kennett Symphony in the early 70’s, and is co-author, with Walt, of the Milliner – Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes, the largest such compendium to date. Guitarist Kellie Allen, the youngest band member, started in the early 80’s in a band called Pay Attention!
Uncle Henry’s Favorites
The members of Uncle Henry’s Favorites, having played together for over thirty years, also bring plenty of perspective to their musicianship. Multi-instrumentalist Pete Vigour was in the famed Trapezoid band in the 70’s, and his wife, mandolinist Ellen Vigour similarly began playing in the Sunny Meadow Stringband in 1973. Renowned fiddler Jim Childress has recorded two full CD’s of his own original tunes so far. He began playing in the 1960’s also, and joined forces with Pete Vigour in 1976. Their bassist Mark Beall has been around the block too, having played in such Charlottesville Virginia area bands as the Afton Mountain String Band.