The Elm Street Alleycats, an old-time string band from Elkins, is set to perform at the next Randolph County Community Arts Center's Brown Bag Concert, scheduled to begin at noon Wednesday.
The Elm Street Alleycats members came together in a garage on the alley behind their houses one frosty autumn night in 2010. Walter King plays fiddle, Nevada Tribble plays banjo, Riley Tribble plays mandolin and Gene Boyer plays bass.
King, a native of Elkins, has played old-time fiddle for five years under the direction of Randolph County fiddlers Jesse Milnes and Andy FitzGibbon. In addition, he has taken classes in old-time fiddling at the Augusta Heritage Center from noted old-time fiddlers Chance McCoy, Dave Bing and James Leva. Walter enjoys attending and playing at traditional music gatherings, such as the Randolph County Fair; the Vandalia Gathering in Charleston, where he placed first in the youth fiddle contest this year and fifth in the under 60 fiddle contest; and the West Virginia State Folk Festival in Glenville, where he placed third in the under 50 fiddle contest.
Moving to West Virginia has opened up a world of music for the Tribble kids. Many thanks are due to Dr. Scott Green for introducing them to playing instruments and for having such a great music program at the elementary school. They both have been inspired by the wonderful varieties of music that surround them in the West Virginia mountains. Old-time music has become close to their hearts, thanks to the teachings of Greta FitzGibbon for Nevada's banjo and Karl Smakula for Riley's mandolin. Nevada Tribble has taken old-time banjo classes at Augusta from Leela Grace and from Joseph Decosimo. Riley Tribble took a mandolin class at Augusta from Jesse Brock. Nevada Tribble has been playing the banjo for three years, and she placed fifth in the banjo contest at the Vandalia Gathering this year. Riley Tribble has been playing the mandolin for two years.
Boyer retired from teaching community college in North Carolina and moved to Elkins last year, in part to be closer to the rich old-time music community that flourishes in West Virginia. Boyer began playing bass about 12 years ago with help from classes at the Augusta Heritage Center and got continuing education last year with an Augusta class from Joebass DeJarnette. He formerly played for square dances with the Humble String Band in Brasstown, N.C.
This free monthly Brown Bag Concert is sponsored by the Davis Trust Co.
If you go
What:?Free Brown Bag Concert
When: Noon Wednesday
Where: Randolph County Community Arts Center
The Randolph County Community Arts Center, a nonprofit organization promoting and supporting the arts in Randolph County and surrounding areas, is located at the corner of Randolph Avenue and Park Street in Elkins. The RCCAC is supported by private donations, the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.
The RCCAC is committed to providing accessibility to individuals with disabilities. Anyone who needs accommodations is asked to contact the office in advance at 304-637-2355. More information is available online at www.randolpharts.org.