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February has arrived in Floyd, Virginia! At this time of year we are especially grateful for good friends, warm food and inspiring music. We hope that you can stop by and see us this month! In addition to our regularly scheduled weekend music, we have Jeff Little Trio this Saturday, Feb. 9th, Wound Tight on Feb. 16 and Larry Sigmon & Martha Spencer on Feb. 23. Plus, so much more coming this spring! Read on for more details about our upcoming events and workshops.
Jacob Jolliff Band at The Floyd Country Store on March 23!
Jacob Jolliff, of Yonder Mountain String Band, will be bringing an all-star band to The Floyd Country Store on Saturday, March 23 at 7:30pm. Jacob's band includes Stash Wyslouch (Molsky's Mountain Drifters, The Deadly Gentlemen), National Fiddle Champion Alex Hargreaves (Turtle Island Quartet) and Jeff Picker (Sarah Jarosz). Don't miss this show!
Jacob Jolliff String Band
Upcoming Events at a Glance

February 9 - Jeff Little Trio
February 16 - Down Home Dinner w/Wound Tight
February 23 - Larry Sigmon & Martha Spencer
March 9 - Kaia Kater
March 23 - Jacob Jolliff Band
March 30 - Twin Creeks Stringband
April 11 - Larry Sparks and The Lonesome Ramblers
April 20 - Souvenirs: Tribute to John Denver
May 11 - Nobody's Business
May 16 - High Fidelity
May 18 - Kevin Prater Band
May 26 - The Price Sisters
June 13 - Stanley Brothers All-Star Band

Handmade Music School: Upcoming Workshops

Upcoming Events at the Floyd Country Store

JEFF LITTLE TRIO
Saturday, February 9 @ 7:30pm

Jeff Little continues an often hidden, yet fascinating tradition of piano playing in the Blue Ridge Mountains. With few exceptions, the piano does not play a prominent part in Appalachian music and is rarely the lead instrument. But Jeff Little is an exception—and a remarkable one. His distinctive two-handed style, much influenced by mountain flatpicked-guitar tradition, is breathtaking in its speed, precision, and clarity. Appearing with Jeff Little is his son Luke Little, and celebrated instrumentalist Steve Lewis. Steve is one of the most respected banjo and guitar players in the Blue Ridge and has taken top picking honors in a host of contests, including the Walnut Valley Nationals, Merlefest, Galax’s Old Fiddlers’ Convention, and the Wayne C. Henderson Guitar Competition. Josh Scott is an accomplished bass player with over a decade of professional experience.

Admission: $12 in advance / $15 day of show

Join us for a flat-picking guitar workshop with Steve Lewis at 3:00pm!

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Video of Jeff Little Trio at Houstonfest
Jeff Little Trio plays "Orange Blossom Special" at Houstonfest
UNIQUE SOUNDS OF THE MOUNTAINS: LARRY SIGMON & MARTHA SPENCER
Saturday, February 23 @ 7:30pm

An area favorite, Larry Sigmon and Martha Spencer play dance music that can bring any audience to their feet. With Larry's signature hard-driving, rhythmic style and Martha's energetic double-slap bass playing; these two create a dynamic experience of tunes and songs that keeps fans coming back for more.

Admission: $10

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Larry Sigmon & Martha Spencer sing "Up This Hill and Down"
THE FLOYD RADIO SHOW
with Spencer & Rains, The Sunny Mountain Serenaders & Gina Furtado
Saturday, March 2 @ 7:30pm

Join us the first Saturday in March for the celebrated Floyd Radio Show. With three musical acts, comedy skits, jokes, stories and more, this is an evening that you won't want to miss! This month's guests include Tricia Spencer and Howard Rains, fiddlers and singers who preserve and build upon the traditions of their home states of Texas and Kansas. The husband and wife duo are known for their distinct twin fiddling and close-knit vocal harmony. The Sunny Mountain Serenaders will also be joining us, an old time trio of our own Mac Traynham, Richmond-based fiddler Mark Campbell and John Schwab on guitar.
Our third guest is talented singer-songwriter and banjoist Gina Furtado. Although based in traditional music, Gina's innovative and unique musicianship and songwriting makes a new musical statement that's influenced by emotion, is played with the highest skill, and expresses an enormous verve and vitality.


Admission: $12 in advance / $15 day of show

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Subscribe to our livestream and listen to The Floyd Radio Show from anywhere when we go live, or explore our archives of past shows!
KAIA KATER
Saturday, March 9 @ 7:30pm

A Montreal-born Grenadian-Canadian, Kaia Kater grew up between two worlds: her family’s deep ties to folk music and the years she spent soaking up Appalachian music in West Virginia. Her old-time banjo-picking skills, deft arrangements, and songwriting abilities have landed her in the spotlight in North America and the UK, garnering critical acclaim from outlets such as NPR, CBC Radio, Rolling Stone, BBC Music, and No Depression. This show is presented by Floyd Creative Studios and supported in part by a grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

Admission: $15 in advance / $20 day of show

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Kaia Kater performs "Meridian Ground" at Paste Studios
JACOB JOLLIFF BAND
Saturday, March 23 @ 7:30pm

Before joining Yonder Mountain String Band, Jacob Jolliff founded beloved New England roots band Joy Kills Sorrow, while attending Berklee School of Music on a full scholarship. A fixture of the national bluegrass community and 2012 National Mandolin Champion, Jacob has collaborated and shared the stage with Darol Anger, Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, Jerry Douglas, Chris Thile, and David Grisman to name a few.
The Jacob Jolliff Band features some of the most virtuosic and innovative young pickers in the country, including Jolliff’s long-time partner-in-crime, Alex Hargreaves, on fiddle. Considered one of best improvising violinists in the world, Hargreaves is the winner of The Grand Masters Fiddle Championship and The National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest. He is also a member of the Turtle Island String Quartet. On guitar is bluegrass upstart Stash Wyslouch, founder of The Deadly Gentleman and current member of The Stash! Band and the Bruce Molsky led Molsky’s Mountain Drifters. Bassist Jeff Picker was a staple of the Portland jazz scene before relocating to NYC. He now currently performs with bluegrass phenom Sarah Jarosz and Ricky Skaggs.

Admission: $15 in advance / $18 day of show

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LARRY SPARKS & THE LONESOME RAMBLERS
Thursday, April 11 @ 7:30pm

Larry Sparks is a dedicated leader for bluegrass music. Larry is among the most widely known and respected touring musicians in bluegrass and gospel music today. Larry began his career in the mid-1960s as a guitarist with the Stanley Brothers and later became lead vocalist for Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys. Larry went on to form his own band in 1969. (The Lonesome Ramblers) He has recorded and toured with his band for nearly 50 years, releasing over 60 albums and delighting countless fans with his soulful vocals and unparalleled musicianship. He was inducted into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in 2015. After fifty years in the spotlight, Larry is still on a roll and creating some of his best music.

Admission: $20 in advance / $25 day of show

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EVERY WEEKEND
Friday 6:30-10:30pm
Saturday 12:00-3:00pm
Sunday 1:30-3:30pm
Sunday 4:00-6:00pm
Friday Night Jamboree
Americana Afternoons
Old Time Music Jam
Bluegrass Jam
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THE HANDMADE MUSIC SCHOOL
The Floyd Country Store is proud to partner with the Handmade Music School, offering lessons, workshops and classes in mountain music and dance. Our workshops feature some of the best musician/instructors in the area!
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS
February 9: Flat-Picking Guitar - Steve Lewis
February 17: Old Time Fiddle - Shay Garriock
February 23: Flatfoot Dance - Martha Spencer
March 14-17: The Floyd Old Time Music Get-Together
March 30: Beginning Ukulele Workshop - David Cannaday
April 13: Old Time & Bluegrass Mandolin - Adam Tanner
April 25: Round Peak Banjo - Adam Hurt
Apri 27: Beginning Flatfoot Dance - Gina Dilg
May 11: Limberjacks: Decorate & Play - Linda Ewing
May 18: Old Time Bass - Stephanie Wolf
June 1: All-Day Autoharp - John Hollandsworth
June 7-9: Weekend Dance Workshop - Linda Block

Visit handmademusicschool.com for more details
Private instrument lessons available!
Join us for 30 or 60 minute lessons in: old time and bluegrass banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bass, dulcimer, ukelele and more. Lessons are designed to suit your needs and abilities, and are offered for all ages and skill levels. 

For more information, email info@handmademusicschool.com
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