John Harrod/Tona BarkleySaturday, Feb. 9th
John Harrod and Tona Barkley play old time fiddle tunes and songs of the rich Kentucky music traditions, as well as original material. John Harrod has documented, recorded, and performed traditional music for more than 45 years. In the 1970s and ’80s, he played with a number of bands including the Progress Red Hot String Band, the Bill Livers String Ensemble, and the Gray Eagle Band that re-introduced traditional musicians such as Bill Livers and Lily May Ledford to Kentucky audiences. In 2015 the Field Recorders Collective issued his recordings of Carlton Rawlings and Darley Fulks, two exceptional and heretofore unknown fiddlers who have had a great impact on his life. He has taught fiddle and conducted workshops at the Augusta Heritage Center; the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, Washington; Berea College’s Celebration of Traditional Music; and the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School. John and Tona continue to perform with Kentucky Wild Horse, a band that draws on a wide variety of Kentucky music past and present. In 2004 John received the Folk Heritage Award of the Governor’s Awards in the Arts for his work in traditional music.