October 26 - Saturday
Unitarian Universalist Congregation
520 Kanawha Blvd W, Charleston
Tickets $8 at the door - doors open at 7:30 pm
Find out more about Marshall by visiting www.facebook.com/marshall.ballew
Marshall Ballew is a singer/ songwriter, multi – instrumentalist, instructor, and music historian whose Appalachian roots laid the groundwork for his lifelong love of music in all its various forms and ages. Surrounded in his youth in the North Carolina mountains by the sounds of folk, old – time, and bluegrass, he took up the guitar at age 14 and began a stringman’s journey that would lead to study of the banjo, fiddle, dobro, Hawaiian guitar, tiple, oud, and bouzouki.
Through the years, he has played with a variety of groups, including Radiation Blues Banned, The Timber Rattlers, Happenstance, Dread – I Knights, and the Marshall Ballew Band. His dobro and Hawaiian guitar work can be heard on recordings by Christine Kane, David Childers, Chris Rosser, Hot Guitar, Mama Said, and The Gospel Playboys. He has recorded live with Radiation Blues Banned, and his songs appear on several compilations, including two of WNCW’s “Crowd Around The Mic” series of on – air performances.
As president of the Smokey Mountain Music Association, a non – profit based in western North Carolina, he helped establish a Junior Appalachian Music (JAM) program at a local charter school to teach young people the roots music of their region on a variety of stringed instruments. He also taught guitar in the program as well. The SMMA also put on an annual Fiddler’s Convention in Bryson City, as well as a Winter Concert Series.
He has performed at venues all over the southern US, and has taught dobro and Hawaiian guitar workshops and performed at a number of festivals, including Spoleto, the Lake Eden Arts Festival, the Carolina Downhome Blues Festival, the Lowcountry Blues Festival, Greening Up The Mountains, the National Slide Guitar Festival, and many more.