Simple Gifts of the Blue Ridge to perform Aug. 12 at Fairy Stone State Park

Simple Gifts of the Blue Ridge will perform at Fairy Stone State Park on Friday, Aug. 12, beginning at 7 p.m.
The concert, which is sponsored by the Reynolds Homestead, is part of the Homestead’s American Music Series and its Music in the Park Series held at the park each summer.
Simple Gifts has been featured at “Homestead at Fairy Stone” for many years. The New River Valley of Virginia area folk group performs traditional American, British and Irish folk music, with some world music and original compositions thrown in.
Donna Alvis Banks of the Roanoke Times said: “When the members of Simple Gifts of the Blue Ridge start making music together, something happens to your spirits. They soar! The Blacksburg group performs everything from train songs (‘The Wreck of the old ‘97’) to Scottish ballads (‘The Rolling of the Stones’), early American hymns, old-timey Appalachian tunes and more.”
The concert will be presented at the amphitheater, or at nearby Shelter 2 if weather dictates. Fairy Stone State Park has a $5 parking fee at the park entrance.
The Reynolds Homestead, located in Critz, is expanding its American Music programs by presenting traditional American music concerts each month. Local and regional artists and bands are scheduled monthly throughout 2016 and plans are in the works for 12 live productions through 2017.

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