86th Mountain Dance and Folk Festival

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Junior Appalachian Musicians

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Riley Baugus

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Jamey Spratt

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Tim Gardner

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Rita Scott

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Lynn Worth

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Fred McBride

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Fred Roupe

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Fred McBride

Oldtime fiddle and banjo player

Wilkes County, NC

Paul Frederick "Fred" McBride, born in Alleghany County in 1924, moved to the Traphill neighborhood in Wilkes County when he was eight years old, growing up hearing old-time music played by relatives and neighbors. When he was about ten years old, Fred started playing on a fretless mountain-style banjo that his father made. Playing the fiddle soon followed. "At that time, you had to play with somebody in the neighborhood," he said. "We didn't have any way to go too far away. Any place I couldn't walk, I couldn't go."

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