Rockbridge FOLK Honors Local Music Legends

“Our area has a rich culture of music and dance, yet as our elders pass away, I’m afraid those traditions will fade along with them. We need to get young people re-connected to the music.”

Rockbridge FOLK founder, Becky Almy

Through a partnership with Junior Appalachian Musicians {JAM}, Rockbridge FOLK hopes to bring young people in our community together through music. We reached out to the surviving families of two Rockbridge Legends and are honored to name our Scholarship Fund for Freddie Goodhart and our Instrument Library {and Fund} for Mike Seeger.

Freddie Goodhart

Freddie Goodhart owned a small antique shop in downtown Lexington for 40 years, and through that shop, introduced traditional music to an incredible number of Rockbridge locals, students from Washington & Lee and VMI, as well as tourists.

Mike Seeger, who passed away in 2009, was a well-known and well-respected multi-instrumentalist, producing more than 30 documentary recordings and who performed in over 40 other recordings. Seeger devoted his life to “singing, playing, presenting and honoring the old-time traditional country music of the American South.”

Mike Seeger

Rockbridge JAM

Rockbridge Folk has been accepted as an affiliate of Junior Appalachian Musicians {JAM}, an organization that helps communities build music programs for kids. Rockbridge Folk’s after-school music classes will be for children in grades 4-8, and will include group lessons on fiddle, clawhammer banjo, and guitar. Children in the Rockbridge JAM program will learn traditional Old Time music and have the opportunity to play with other students in the JAM program.

“JAM is perfect for Rockbridge kids,” said Carol Elizabeth Jones, Rockbridge FOLK board member. “They’ll have a chance to learn music from our region and form bonds with kids outside of school. It’s going to be exciting to watch them grow together, through the music.”

The first session of JAM classes will begin on October 3, and continue through December 19. Chris McGrath will teach fiddle, David Winston will teach clawhammer banjo, and Mary Winston will teach guitar. Class fees are reasonable, scholarships are available, and instruments will be made available for those who need them.

It’s time to go LIVE!

Welcome to the virtual home of a brand new cultural adventure in Lexington, Virginia. Rockbridge FOLK combines music, art, food and family into a network of artisans, performers, foodies and friends throughout Rockbridge County, the Shenandoah Valley and Greater Appalachia. This area has a rich tradition of music and art, as well as a great passion for agriculture and life-skills passed down through generations by storytelling, jam circles, and apprenticeship and it is our goal to rekindle that tradition in our community.

We are creating a connection between the people that know and the people that want to learn. Music, pottery, blacksmithing, tanning, shepherding, gardening, cooking: traditional skills and interests worth saving, celebrating and cultivating.

Very soon we will be introducing a membership program that will make it easy for you to show your support for our Mission. Rockbridge FOLK members will receive our members-only email newsletter, discounted tickets to events, exclusive experiences, workshops and more. Rockbridge FOLK is a 501(c)3 non-profit, so charitable donations are welcome, and tax-deductible. 

Stay tuned for news as we work to get this project off the ground. If you have questions or would like to get involved, please send an email to info@rockbridgefolk.org.