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Date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Time: 7:00 p.m. EDT
Cost: Free and open to the public
In-person: RSVP here
Virtual: Register for Zoom link
Join us on Tuesday, August 9, 7:00 p.m. for our next Speaker Series (Hybrid) featuring Dr. Malcolm Smith talking about renowned Appalachian fiddler Albert Hash.
Guitar-building legend Wayne Henderson credits his entire career to the mentorship of Albert Hash. “He was a true folk hero,” says Henderson in the forward to Smith’s new Albert Hash biography. Born and raised near Whitetop Mountain in extreme poverty, Hash rose to become one of the premiere old-time fiddlers in the world with the Whitetop Mountain Band, as well as building hundreds of much sought after fiddles in his shop on Virginia’s second highest peak. With this Speaker Series, Smith will share stories and memories that he learned in over 100 hours of interviews conducted while researching Albert. A local musician will also demonstrate Albert’s unique bowing style and play some of Albert’s versions of tunes like “Hangman’s Reel.” Smith’s book Appalachian Fiddler Albert Hash: The Last Leaf on the Tree will also be available for purchase.
About Dr. Malcolm Smith
Dr. Malcolm Smith is a writer and banjo player who specializes in writing about old-time musicians. Besides writing the biography of Albert Hash, he has written countless stories for The Old Time Herald, SingOut!, and other magazines. He has written recent features on banjo builder Mac Traynham, 90-year-old banjoist Rhoda Kemp, Walt Koken and Clare Milner, and many other musicians.