2019 Music Lineup
Snow Creek Old Tyme
Hubert Lawson and the Bluegrass Country Boys
Wendy & Friends
Sons of Abraham
New Musical Event
Rex McGee and Stokes County Arts focused on youth and Stokes musical heritage in the Junior Mountain Tent. Workshops and jam sessions with banjos, fiddles, and guitars were offered for youth ages 2-18. Young folks brought their own instruments to learn and jam with Rex from 10 AM to 4 PM. This musical adventure was free of charge.
Rex McGee's roots in traditional music run deep. Born in Winston-Salem, NC and raised on the family farm near Sauratown Mountain, he had early formal training on the piano and fiddle. His father, Rex Sr., accompanied him on piano for weekly performances at the Pollirosa Opry. Grandfather Ralph McGee was a renowned fiddler and contemporary of Round Peak old-time icon Tommy Jarrell. Ralph learned to play from his father Will, a left-handed fiddler who in turn learned from his father on a fiddle made out of a gourd. Rex's grandfather Hamp Easter loaned him his first banjo at age 12 with the condition that he could keep it if he learned how to play it. Rex still has the banjo.
Ralph Lionel McGee born 1901 fiddles Ragtime Annie at the McGee family reunion in June of 1984. He is joined by his son Rex Sr. on the piano and his skinny grandson Rex Jr. on the 5- string banjo at the age of 14. His brother William plays the tenor banjo, Gray plays fiddle. Friends Marvin James and Marshall ? play bass and guitar.
Our Communities appreciates Rex McGee's contribution of coordinating
the new musical event. The McGee family has a rich musical history in our area.
Fiddle tune played often in and around Surry and Stokes County here in North Carolina. My PapaGee, Ralph McGee born in 1901 played this almost every time he got the fiddle out of the case. ...REX McGee