Phil Jamison, a nationally-known dance caller, old-time musician, and flatfoot dancer will present a program about the history and traditions of dance in Appalachia that includes basic dance moves followed by a square dance. Phil will serve as the square dance caller while Log Cabin String Band plays old time tunes. Apply your newly acquired knowledge by joining in or watch as new and seasoned dancers show how it’s done! Click here to register now! Member discounts available.
About the Artists
Phil Jamison has called dances, performed, and taught at music festivals and dance events throughout the U.S. and overseas since the early 1970s, including thirty years as a member of the Green Grass Cloggers. His flatfoot dancing was featured in the film, Songcatcher, for which he also served as Traditional Dance consultant. From 1982 through 2004, he toured and played guitar with Ralph Blizard and the New Southern Ramblers, but he also plays fiddle and banjo. He has done extensive research in the area of Appalachian dance, and has published many articles on traditional dance in The Old-Time Herald. In 2004, he co-co-founded Dare To Be Square!, a weekend workshop for square dance callers. Phil teaches mathematics as well as Appalachian music at Warren Wilson College, where he also coordinates the Old-Time Music and Dance Week at the Swannanoa Gathering.
The Log Cabin String Band is an old time fiddle and banjo based group whose members hail from Kings Mountain, Vale, Shelby, NC and Rock Hill, SC. The band plays old time standards and tunes with an emphasis on the traditional music of North Carolina and Southwest Virginia. Brad Herndon (fiddle), Victoria Johansson (banjo), Lynn Eskridge (fiddle), Charles Watts (guitar) and Tommy Forney (mandolin), started learning tunes and jamming about ten years ago. The group has played engagements such as Kings Mountain’s Gateway Festival, local art exhibits, and the twice yearly Howser House opening in the Kings Mountain National Military Park. Also in the band will be special guest musicians Jim Matthews (bass fiddle) and Cappy Kirsch (fiddle). Click here to register now! Member discounts available.
For more information contact the Center at 704-487-6233 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This event will take place at the Earl Scruggs Center at 103 S. Lafayette Street, Shelby, NC 28150. Several restaurants are available on the square where the Earl Scruggs Center is located.