Old Keowee blog.
play Stenson's #2 during Southern Appalachian Day at Hagood Mill, Pickens, SC in May.
As we get ready for the best contra dance this year in Oconee County, putting up posters and posting on contra dance websites and Facebook, we are reminded of how vibrant the local music scene is. Whether Andy plays for dances, fundraisers, weddings or just for fun, there is always a source of talent he can call upon to make great music. Last week we went to a house concert with musicians who had come all the way from France to soak in the culture and musical traditions of the south east. They had been busking in Asheville, Chattanooga and even into the Panhandle of FL. In the audience that night were arguably some of the best musicians in South Carolina, certainly some of the best in the Upstate! Needless to say, after the wonderful concert, people broke out their instruments and jammed together. This is the spirit we are chasing with the Old Keowee Contra Dance, the spirit of spontaneous fun, music making... and dancing!
Andy is on the board of the Oconee Heritage Center, as the marketing director. He also knows music and how to have fun: hence, the Old Keowee Contra Dance was born! He hopes that it's successful enough to become a regular event in our little corner of South Carolina, surrounded by lakes, mountains & forests. Andy comes from a long line of fiddle players and is a South Carolina Arts in Education Folk life/Traditional Arts approved artist. He is also the longest-serving instructor in the Oconee County Young Appalachian Musicians (YAMs) program and the 2016 South Carolina State Fiddle Champion.