Mandolin

Mars Hill

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Junior Appalachian Musicians

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Robert L. Steelman Jr.

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Berlin "Berl" Ledford

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Jamey Spratt

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Berlin "Berl" Ledford

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Jimmy Paschal

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Fred Roupe

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Fred Roupe

Instrument maker

Alleghany County, NC

Fred Roupe was born about twelve miles outside of Sparta in Alleghany County, and he was exposed to traditional music at a young age. His father played oldtime banjo and fiddle, and Fred was interested enough to start playing clawhammer banjo at age six. He heard Garr Bowers playing a three-finger banjo style at a jam in the Traphill community of Wilkes County, and Fred was hooked. He started working out his own three-finger style immediately.

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Callahan Brothers

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