This event showcases The Nine Mile Band, formed by leader John White, and featuring Jim Ruth (clawhammer banjo), Amber Gaddy (piano accordion, piano, and button accordion), and David Cavins (guitar), along with John himself on fiddle. This instrumental group will take you into the world of old-time traditional music intended for a dancing audience. With dance caller, Jim Thaxter, and emcee Howard Marshall, you can learn the background and dance steps of early rural America—square dancing, polkas, waltzes, schottisches, and the varsouvienne. This old-time music and social dancing is central to the history and cultural heritage of Missouri. And there are more musicians keeping this music alive than you might think. This event will also be a great opportunity for you to join in the music-making. Bring your instruments and join in the jam session after the formal program.
This program is part of America’s Music.