Posted - 05/01/2009 : 03:15:36 AM
Location: Old Union County Courthouse, On the Square, Blairsville
Cost: Free, but donations encouraged and appreciatedMountain Top Travelers at Old Courthouse
A new bluegrass group composed of some of the best local musicians will make their first appearance at The Old Courthouse on the Square in Blairsville at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 1 Although the name, Mountain Top Travelers, is new, the members are seasoned musicians..
Crystal Murphy, from Blairsville, plays fiddle and mandolin. She has been playing music since the eighth-grade and studied extensively under world-class musician, Randall Collins. Crystal is currently studying classical music at North Georgia University.
Kathy Eaton, the other female in the group is from Elijay. Kathy plays mandolin and does much of the singing.
Don Fox began playing music with family members in church at the age of eight. At ten, he was given his first guitar. He plays all acoustic instruments. He has been a member of bands with Benny and Vallie Cain, the Powell Brothers, the Georgia Mountain Fair Band, Detour, and the Appalachian Tunesmiths. He has played with other regional and internationally known musicians such as Gar Mosteller, Doyle Barker, Jim Shumate, Ross Brown, Benny Martin, and Vassar Clements.
Kerry Warbington began playing the banjo at the age of fifteen. He has played with several bands including The Roanokes, Home Remedy, Brushfire, The Collins Brothers, The Bluegrass Alliance, and Bluegrass Incorporated. He performed at the1990 Festival International des Pyrenees in Oloron France. He has performed with many nationally known Bluegrass artists as Bobby Hicks, Mark O’Conner, Fiddling Chubby Anthony, and Curtis Blackwell. He was included in the Hall of Honor by the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004. His latest CD is Back on My Mind Again with Bluegrass Incorporated.
Ken Ensley, the regular bass player for the group will miss the Old Courthouse concert because of back surgery, but another favorite musician, Scott Ferguson, will fill in. Scott has played with several award-winning bands. Although his main instrument is the fiddle, he is a master musician on many instruments.
As always, there is no admission charge to the concerts presented by the Union County Historical Society in The Old Courthouse on the Square. The musicians donate their time and talents. Voluntary contributions to the maintenance fund are always welcomed and appreciated.