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Jabbour, Levy to perform at Wofford Jan. 27

Thursday, January 22, 2004

SPARTANBURG, SC – Alan Jabbour and Bertram Levy, original members of the Hollow Rock String Band, will perform at Wofford College on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the McMillan Theater of the Campus Life Building.

The program is sponsored by Hairy Toe Productions and the Spartanburg Historical Association, with funds provided by the Spartanburg County Foundation in support of the project “Fiddle Traditions,” a comprehensive collection of traditional fiddle music collected by researcher John Thomas Fowler.

The Hollow Rock String Band, which was formed in the Durham-Chapel Hill area of North Carolina in the mid-1960s served as the prototype for many of the North American old-time music “revival” bands that were to follow.

Jabbour, who recently retired from his position as the founding director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, is one of America’s foremost authorities of Appalachian old time fiddling.

Levy, who carried the Hollow Rock String Band repertory to the west coast, founded the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, Wash. He has developed a gut-string banjo style that has influenced many old-time banjo players.

The old-time repertory of Jabbour and Levy is distinctive and beautiful, and Jabbour’s historical and cultural commentary about the tunes adds a fascinating dimension to their performance.

The program will spotlight traditional Southern string band music and make aware its presence in our surrounding environment.

For more information, contact John Fowler at (864) 578-9447 or at hairytoeproductions@juno.com.