The Catawba Valley Farmers Market occasionally hosts live music
performed by musicians from around Southwest Virginia.
Part of what makes our Market so special is the great local musical talent
we’re able to provide for the enjoyment of customers and vendors alike.
Enjoy the entertainment while shopping our wonderful selection
of local fresh produce, plants, prepared foods, baked goods and handmade crafts.
CLICK HERE for the 2019 tentative entertainment schedule.
(Entertainment at the Farmers Market is tentative, depending on the weather and other factors)
Marya is a musician, an educator, a lover of growing things...actually, all of those pretty much go together. Although she plays a variety of instruments, her main passion is the hammered dulcimer. She performs with a local folk group, Simple Gifts of the Blue Ridge, composes music, and has been a workshop leader at various Dulcimer Festivals along the East Coast. She loves to play for schools, weddings, receptions, festivals, parties, and churches.
Jim Robinson & Sharon Conlyn
Jim Robinson & Sharon Conlyn have shared
their music with people that needed some music
in their lives, even if for a short time.
We usually come away from our little "gigs" feeling like maybe we brightened someone's day a little bit and that brightens ours.
We're hoping that we can continue to spread
a little musical joy to those that need it
as we play along our musical journey together.
Crossroads Strings was formed when Faye Powers offered free music classes to members
of the Crossroads Church (located in Craig County), if those members would donate
to a "Pay It Forward" Fund. This fund is used
to help local citizens with various needs.
Faye says that even though quite a few
of the church members are middle-aged
to seniors, they have discovered that they
are “never too old to try”.
The members now range in age from 8 to 80. “Having fun and praising God that we are still able to play and sing” is what this group
is all about.
Guitars for Vets is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in Milwaukee, WI in 2007. They currently operate more than 80 chapters
in 40 states with the assistance
of over 200 volunteers nationwide.
To date, G4V has administered over 30,000 guitar lessons and distributed over 3,000 guitars to Veterans. Over the past seven years,
the organization has refined a guitar instruction program aimed at providing Veterans struggling with physical injuries, PTSD and other emotional distress, a unique, supportive program.
G4V pursues its mission to share the healing power of music by providing free guitar instruction, a new acoustic guitar and a guitar accessory kit in a structured program run by volunteers, primarily through the Department of Veterans Affairs facilities and
community-based medical centers.
Mack started playing music when he was
15 years old, but he was never very serious
about it. So, he gave it up for over 30 years
and never really thought much about it.
After his wife passed away in 2009,
one of his co-workers asked him to come out
and sit in with his band sometime.
With great apprehension, Mack joined his
friend on stage a few times and he LIKED it!
These days, Mack enjoys performing
Traditional Country music as well as
60s & 70s Folk, Classic Rock,
Gospel and Bluegrass.
We hope you can join Mack
at the Catawba Valley Farmers Market this year!
Simple Gifts of the Blue Ridge
Traditional & Traditional-Sounding Folk Music
The members of the folk group Simple Gifts
of the Blue Ridge are Charles Bostian,
Jack Webster, Carolyn Smith, and Marya Katz, who together sing and play hammered dulcimers, guitars, flute, bass, and percussion.
Simple Gifts performs traditional American, British and Irish folk music, with some world music and original compositions thrown in.
Their repertoire ranges from train songs
to contemporary favorites and love songs.
Included also are Appalachian fiddle tunes,
early American hymns, Irish tunes
and original compositions.