Welcome back!!! We surely missed you.
After a two-year hiatus, thanks to the COVID pandemic, the Appalachian String Band Festival returned with a very reasonable turn out even though there were concerns regarding additional infections and possible excessive raining days. Everyone was very good about following proper social distancing and mask wearing protocols and the weather, for the most part, was good. This year’s event seemed more like a family reunion as many of our music “family” were able to spend time reconnecting.
Our time was spent primarily at the “Huntington, WV” campsite with lots of jams and many other players stopping by to share tunes. As in the past we had a wonderful variety of new players from Hamburg, Germany, a contingent from Massachusetts, Pittsburgh, as well as old friends from Georgia, Blacksburg, VA, and the Washington DC area. There was also a visit from Cindy Harris (Autoharp) and her friend Dave (fiddle) who stopped by for some music time and talks about playing the Autoharp. We had lots of family (grandchildren) and friends play and camp with us. So, all in all, this was a good beginning to the return of this most looked forward festival. Racheal Eddie posted a good thought on Facebook where she indicated that Clifftop is now the beginning and the end of a year. Can’t argue with that!
Enjoy the photos and the recordings of our nightly jams.