Bath Bluegrass Jamboree Part Of Inaugural Mountain Strings Festival In April

Warm Springs, VA – The annual Bath Bluegrass Jamboree is set for Saturday April 2 and this year it’s part of the inaugural Mountain Strings and Arts Festival. The festival will celebrate bluegrass music along with mountain culture and art. The 9th Annual Bath Bluegrass Jamboree will feature Joe Mullins along with his group, the Radio Ramblers.

“Well I’m kind of famous for being a traditionalist among bluegrass audiences meaning that meaning a whole lot of what we do has that Stanley Brothers, Lester and Earl, Bill Monroe flavor ” he says. “But I also love fantastic gospel harmony and I’m surrounded by a great group of gospel musicians. And they’re good at what they do. We want to have just as much fun as everybody in the audience when we go on the stage.”

The Church Sisters will also be at the Bluegrass Jamboree this year. Fourteen year old twins, Savannah and Sarah Church will perform bluegrass gospel. And High Ground will bring their high energy bluegrass show to the Jamboree, doing both traditional songs and original material.

The Mountain Strings and Arts Festival gets underway on Friday night April 1 with an Old Fashioned Barn Dance at the Old Dairy in Warm Springs. It’s a family event with the group Stairwell providing the music.

Then on Saturday April 2, at the Old Dairy, vendors will be on hand with some artisans demonstrating how they create their wares. And there will be music by the young performers from the Allegheny Mountain String Project, Eric Woodzell and Allison Kincaid, DJ Willie with Southern Railway Express and Daryn Burkholder.

Saturday afternoon, there will be a beans, greens and BBQ country meal at Bath County High School. Then the Bath Bluegrass Jamboree wraps up the festival that evening beginning at 6.

The Mountain Strings and Arts Festival is Friday and Saturday April 1 and 2. For more information on the festival and the bluegrass jamboree, visit or call WCHG at 540-839-5400.

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Heather Niday

Heather is our Program Director and Traffic Manager. She started with Allegheny Mountain Radio as a volunteer deejay. She then joined the AMR staff in February of 2007. Heather grew up in the Richmond, Virginia, area and now lives in Arbovale, West Virginia with her husband Chuck. Heather is a wonderful flute player, and choir director for Arbovale UMC. You can hear Heather along with Chuck on Tuesday nights from 6 to 8pm as they host two hours of jazz on Something Different.

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