Fiddler Marion Boatwright has said of traditional mountain music that, “It’s been floating around these mountains forever, and it just feels right.” The bonds between family, friends, and mountain music brought the Crooked Pine Band together in the 1970s, and they still perform many dates each year.
Its members, Boatwright, Frank McConnell, Craig Bannerman, and Troy Harrison, have
a long musical history, both individually and together. McConnell and Boatwright
began playing together as students at the University of North Carolina, and later
settled in the Blue Ridge mountains with their families. Craig Bannerman is a member
of the prominent Buncombe County dancing family. He plays with several groups in the area. Troy Harrison is one of today’s most prominent musicians from musically rich Madison County.
The Crooked Pine Band play concerts and festivals, weddings, and other special events. They pride themselves on being a dance band as well as performing for audiences, and play for many dances, especially contras, every year. Additionally, they offer educational programming for school-age young people, teaching them about the history and heritage of old-time music and dance.
The Crooked Pine Band welcome requests for performances. Please visit the band’s website for booking information.