The Haywood Ramblers
A fine example of an Appalachian stringband, there has been a version of the Haywood Ramblers since the late 1920s in Western North Carolina. The Ramblers were originally founded and fronted by the legendary harmonica player Walter ” Red” Parham. Following Parham’s death the band was resurrected in the late 1980s by the Stuart Brothers of Canton NC . The band plays traditional Appalachian fiddle tunes as well as songs and ballads from the region . The band has won countless awards at southern fiddlers conventions. A longtime favorite of mountain dance teams,
the current Haywood Ramblers lineup features Maddy Mullany on fiddle, Helena Hunt on banjo, Cary Fridley on bass and Clarke Williams on guitar. All members are world renowned for their musical abilities and all teach for JAM, the Junior Appalachian Musicians program hosted by the Folkmoot Friendship Center!