The New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters’ name comes from the original Bogtrotters, the famous Galax-area band of the 1930s. From the musically rich region surrounding Galax, Virginia, and known for playing high-energy dance tunes, the group has won the prestigious first place old-time band prize at the Old Fiddlers’ Convention in Galax┬áseveral different years. The Bogtrotters have played at several notable festivals including the Chicago Folk Festival, Merlefest, and Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Eddie Bond, the band’s fiddler, is also a fine vocalist, and he knows many of the old mountain ballads that date back to previous generations.

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