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Old-time Fiddle, Banjo and Mandolin

Published: 12:37 PM, 06/21/2012
Last updated: 12:01 AM, 06/24/2012

This week’s Mountain Home Music concert, “Old-time Fiddle, Banjo and Mandolin,” will feature Joe Newberry and Mike Compton. 

“While their names may not be familiar, their work is,” said Joe Shannon, founder and host of Mountain Home Music.

Newberry frequently appears on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” as a member of Big Medicine, a North Carolina-based old-time string band.

Compton played for many years with John Hartford, and he is on the soundtracks for the movies, “O Brother Where Art Thou,” “Cold Mountain” and “Songcatcher.” For his work, Compton has also won two Grammy Awards.

Newberry is a Missouri native and North Carolina transplant who has played music most of his life. In Big Medicine, he plays banjo and fiddle and sings, also contributing original music. About Big Medicine, Keillor said, “That’s how string band music is supposed to sound – absolutely effortless. They’re just a great band. I love this band.”

Mandolinist Compton was born in 1956 in Meridian, Miss., hometown of “The Singing Brakeman,” Jimmie Rodgers. Compton was exposed to music at an early age and received his first mandolin at the age of 15. As a young man, he played in the Nashville Bluegrass Band (1985-89); soon after this stint, he started playing with John Hartford, and he continued this relationship until Hartford’s death in 2001.

In addition to his performances with Newberry, Compton tours with Elvis Costello works with famed record producer T-Bone Burnett.

Also featured on “Old-time Fiddle, Banjo and Mandolin” will be Mountain Home Music regulars Scott and Dori Freeman.  Scott Freeman is a member of Skeeter and the Skidmarks and The Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys. Dori Freeman is a singer and songwriter.

About Dori Freeman’s debut CD, “Porchlight,” John Saroyan from Jim’s Roots and Blues Calendar said, “The sweet clarity of her voice exceeds the beauty of her Henderson OM-18 (guitar). No small feat.”

The concert will take place at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium in downtown Blowing Rock Saturday, June 23, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $15 and $18 at the door. Student tickets are $10, and children’s tickets cost $5.

Tickets may be purchased at the Mast Store (Boone and Valle Crucis), Fred’s Mercantile on Beech Mountain, Kudzu Music (formerly Rydell’s) in Boone, and at Pandora’s Mailbox and the Dulcimer Shop, both in the Martin House on Main Street, downtown Blowing Rock. 
Tickets may also be purchased online though the Mountain Home Music website, For more information, visit the website or call (828) 964-3392.

The purpose of Mountain Home Music is to honor the music and the musicians of the Appalachian region.

Mountain Home Music is affiliated with the Blue Ridge Music Trails, a project of the N.C. Arts Council.