Instrumental Workshop > Sat., 4/22/17 - Workshop: High Ridge Ramblers
Sat., 4/22/17 - Workshop: High Ridge Ramblers

Price: $75.00
Availability: Workshop full. To join the wait list, contact the Common Ground on the Hill office at 410-857-2771 or send email to
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NOTE: This event has been cancelled.

Workshop: The High Ridge Ramblers

Get hands-on with traditional West Virginian music, including old-time, bluegrass, gospel, ballads, and country! Dave Bing, Andrew Dunlap and Mark Payne will explain how to take an old-time fiddle or banjo tune and make it into a string band tune. Learn the techniques to approach old-time music, and have a chance to jam with the band!

Workshop Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time: 1-4 PM

Location: McDaniel College, Westminster, MD  21157. Hill Hall 104.

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Playing level: Intermediate to Advanced

Instruments: all instruments welcome

About the Artists: 

The High Ridge Ramblers are Dave Bing, Andrew Dunlap, and Mark Payne. With fiddle, banjo, and guitar, the trio plays West Virginia mountain music the way they feel it. These experienced West Virginia musicians formed the trio not long ago for fun and to enjoy their appreciation of the sound of the three instruments playing this kind of music. That includes twisty mountain tunes, early bluegrass, ballads, and old-time songs. And it has been said that they know their way around a hard-driving fiddle tune.

Dave Bing, from Harmony, WV, has played fiddle and banjo for over 35 years and is a founding member of The Bing Brothers, an old-time string band that reached legendary status locally. He is a founding member of Gandydancer, has won many fiddle contests in and around West Virginia, including Clifftop in 2003, and is a highly respected teacher.

Andrew Dunlap grew up in the rich old-time music environment of West Virginia where his family has lived for generations. From a young age he has enjoyed playing with the older generation and was fortunate to know and play with many of West Virginia’s musical treasures. For more than two decades, he has shared his love of West Virginia mountain music with audiences throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia through performance at festivals, workshops, and dances. 

Mark Payne has performed three finger style banjo and rhythm guitar since the mid-1970s with many of West Virginia’s most legendary traditional and acoustic musicians. He appears on more than two dozen recordings making music with Mountain State greats like Woody Simmons, Elmer Bird, Wilson Douglas, Glen Smith, Bobby Taylor and as a member of old-time bands Gandydancer and The High Ridge Ramblers plus the traditional bluegrass group Goldrush.

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