Pinch me. I must be in Southwest Virginia!

FloydFest is a non-stop, 360-degree fest for the senses, but the allure of the Virginia Folklife Porch is “a gift”, an homage borrowed from someone else’s Facebook post that sums it up nicely.

Yesterday, my husband JD and I had the pleasure of seeing Chris Thile there. We had just seen him lead The Punch Brothers through a rousing set on the Dreaming Creek Stage, but the intimate venue was the perfect setting to take in Thile’s command of the mandolin. Thile is so one with the instrument, it’s almost as if he is channeling it, and channel he did — between occasional nips of rye whiskey.

Chris Thile plays the Virginia Folklife Stage at FloydFest 11

If you’ve never seen him perform, you can get a feel for his work here.

The Punch Brothers on the Dreaming Creek Stage at FloydFest 11

In two weeks, Mumford & Sons bring their in-demand roots music to Bristol, one of only 12 chosen stops on their Gentlemen of the Road Tour.

Chris Thile and Punch Brothers, as well as Jackson Browne, Alison Krauss & Union Station in Floyd this weekend; Mumford & Sons in Bristol a couple of weeks later?

Pinch me. I must be in Southwest Virginia!

Karen Quina-Doyle | Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation

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One Response to Pinch me. I must be in Southwest Virginia!

  1. Rosey Brown says:

    Mumford and Sons are great, lucky you!

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