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“Keeping Traditional Music Alive”
We are Annie & Mac, an old time music duo with banjo, harmonica and guitar, and in 2014 we were honored to be inducted into America’s Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame located in Anita, Iowa. We received the award at the National Old Time Country and Bluegrass Music Festival which is held every year in LeMars, Iowa, during the week prior to Labor Day.
We have been performing together in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia since the year 2000. We have also posted over 140 videos on YouTube since 2007. Our appearance on YouTube has resulted in us being asked to perform in Normandy, France, for the organization called Normandy Country in May 2014. On the same overseas trip we visited another YouTube friend in Achnamara, Scotland. There we toured the Argyle region and played at a community gathering in Achnamara. We performed again for Normandy Country on October 15, 2016, and the following day, October 16, we did a show in Amboise, France. We joined another musician gathering in Achnamara on October 22, 2016.
We have produced three CDs of our music, they are “Fresh From the Cave,” “Like a Winding Stream,” and “Message From the Hills,” the last one being downloadable. All three are available for purchase at CDBaby.com or directly from us. We are also in the process of producing another CD and the release date will be approximately October, 2016.
Over the years, we have attended many music festivals, performing at some, and entering competitions at others. Together we have won prizes for our singing while Mac has placed in many competitions for his banjo and harmonica playing. We also like to write songs and one of Mac’s entitled “Heaven’s Gate” was chosen as a finalist at the 2014 songwriting competition during the Gathering in the Gap music festival in Big Stone Gap, Virginia.
We describe our music as old time Americana roots. Mac plays clawhammer style banjo, harmonica and now a cajun accordion while Annie accompanies on rhythm guitar. We both sing and alternate lead or harmony parts. Our influences include Grandpa Jones, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Jimmy Driftwood, Uncle Dave Macon, the Bailes Brothers, among many others. Mac has spent a lifetime collecting old time recordings and learning these songs, and Annie joined him in the year 2000. The music has all the elements you might expect—love, sorrow, humor, faith and hope. Our duet singing is steeped in tradition.
Through YouTube we have been amazed to see how much this old time music is appreciated around the world as we connect with performers and listeners alike. The old time songs tell stories of everyday joys and struggles, while breakdowns propel listeners to dance with joy. We always search for the spirit that keeps this music alive for future generations. Comments from our audiences often include “toe-tapping,” “joyful,” “beautiful harmonies,” “sincere,” and “fun.”
Come and join us, won’t you?