BIG STONE GAP, Va. — The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park will host its First Saturday Community Coffee House on Saturday from 7-9 p.m. Adrian and Julie Shepherd-Powell will serve as the featured hosts.
Adrian and Julie Shepherd-Powell are an old time duo from Southwest Virginia playing hard driving fiddle and banjo tunes. Adrian and Julie make up two-thirds of the old time string band the Railsplitters. Most recently, the Railsplitters took first place in the old time band contest at the “Gathering in the Gap” Music Festival in May 2013 and third place in the old time band contest at the Morehead Old Time Fiddlers Convention in July 2013.
Adrian Shepherd-Powell, a native of Crimora, Va., has won contests at fiddlers’ conventions all over the southeast. His fiddle style is straight forward with a hard drivin’ bow. Adrian has played with many old time bands including the Pea Ridge Ramblers, Matt Kinman’s Old Time Serenaders and the Cabin Creek Boys.
Julie Shepherd-Powell is an award-winning clawhammer banjo player and flatfoot dancer originally from North Carolina. Julie teaches old time banjo at Mountain Empire Community College, competes in flatfoot dance competitions at fiddlers’ conventions all over the southeast, and calls square dances anywhere from Knoxville to New York City. Most recently, she took first place in the flatfoot dance competition at the 2013 Morehead Old Time Fiddlers Convention. Adrian and Julie currently live in Big Stone Gap, Va.
The First Saturday Community Coffee House is an open-mic event and is open to all family-friendly performers. All interested musicians, storytellers, and poets should arrive by 6:30 p.m. for sign-up and scheduling. Admission is free to this program. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
For more information, contact the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park at 276-523-1322.