Ramblers to play at college


The old-time family band Slate Mountain Ramblers will play two sets at Surry Community College on Wednesday, Oct. 18 in Room A-121 on Surry’s campus at 630 S. Main St., Dobson.

The Slate Mountain Ramblers are a musical trio residing in Mount Airy with years of playing experience. Husband and wife Richard and Barbara Bowman play the fiddle and bass respectively, while their daughter Marsha Bowman Todd rounds out the band with her claw-hammer banjo.

The band performs at dances, family and community gatherings, benefits and fiddler’s conventions throughout the year, and it has played internationally at the Austrian Alps Performing Arts Festival and the Friends of American Old Time Music and Dance Festival in Gainsborough, England.

Surry is hosting the concert as part of the college’s effort to preserve the musical heritage of Surry County and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The show is free and open to the public.

The band will play a set from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. followed by another set from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. In addition to playing live traditional music, the performers will discuss the social and historical importance of the old-time music genre in the area.

For questions and additional information on attending the concert, contact Sociology Instructor Mecca Lowe at (336) 386-3554 or lowemj@surry.edu.

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