The Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground is proud to announce details for the 41st Annual Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival taking place from September 23-26, 2015. A stellar line-up of bands has been announced and a detailed performance schedule has been posted at billmonroemusicpark.com. One of the highlights of the event will certainly be Raymond Fairchild’s induction into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 26.
Raymond Fairchild is a legendary banjoist and has performed on the Grand Ole Opry since 1977. He has appeared on numerous television specials for the Nashville Network and other network stations. He recently completed a two-hour documentary special for Japan Broadcasting, focusing on the evolution of music from Ireland to the United States. Raymond has recorded over twenty albums and videos during his impressive career and scored two Gold Records for having sold over two million copies of his banjo instrumentals. In 1982, “The Appalachian Journey,” a documentary produced by renowned author and folklorist Allen Lomax in conjunction with Columbia University, was filmed so Raymond’s music would be preserved for generations to come. It is stored in the archives of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Raymond’s hometown has honored him by placing a sign at each end of the valley, which simply reads, “Welcome to Maggie Valley Home of Raymond Fairchild.”
The 41st Annual Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days will include performances by:
Wednesday, September 23 – Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Larry Stephenson Band, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Larry Gillis & Swampgrass, Feller & Hill and Bluegrass Buckaroos, The Spinney Brothers, Kody Norris Show, and Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show
Thursday, September 24 – Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, The Grascals, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, Wildwood Valley Boys, Tim Graves & The Farm Hands, and Larry Efaw & Bluegrass Mountaineers
Friday, September 25 – Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X-Press, Ronnie Reno & The Reno Tradition, Jesse McReynolds & Virginia Boys, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome, Tommy Brown & County Line Grass, Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, Mountain Faith, Darrell Webb Band, and Kevin Prater Band.
Saturday, September 26 – Dr. Ralph Stanley & Ralph Stanley II, Larry Sparks & Lonesome Ramblers, Audie Blaylock & Redline, James King Band, Tommy Sells & Big Country Bluegrass, Tommy Brown & County Line Grass, Rickey Wasson Band, and Flatt Lonesome.
The event will also include music and instrument workshops, food concessions and vendors will be on site. Admission includes the Bluegrass Hall of Fame Museum & Uncle Pen’s Cabin Tour. Emcees will be the legendary Tommy Lamb & the infamous Sam Jackson. Sound provided by Tom Feller & J&R Productions.