Artists Featured at the 44th Jubilee Festival

March 8-10, 2013 at the Laurel Theater

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Tom McCarroll & Tammie McCarroll-Burroughs

James T. “Tom” McCarroll, born in 1928, worked in city maintenance in Lenoir City for over 30 years, all the while playing fiddle, guitar, and banjo.   His daughter Tammie, the only one of Fiddlin' Jim McCarroll's 13 grandchildren to take up music, was making 45 rpm records in junior high school, recording Rockabilly songs and some of her own compositions, as well as playing with her grandfather’s band throughout his life, later performing with her father in the “Bonnie Lou and Buster” show on WJHL-TV in Sevierville, and at RV rallies and parks from Florida to Ohio.  In recent years they've been frequent guests at the Laurel Theater and on WDVX, performed at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, and released a CD Generations

Roy Harper

A retired brakeman from Manchester Tennessee , Roy Harper has been performing old-time country music for more than fifty years. Roy has devoted his life to continuing the traditions of the style of country music he grew up listening to. Much of the inspiration for his songs comes from the many years he spent working on the railroad. Compared by his fans to Jimmy Rogers, Roy has developed quite a following among people who find this style of music preferable to modern “country” music. “County music gradually got citified, and I stayed the same.”

Daron Douglas

photo-DaronWhen Daron Douglas travels with her songs and stories people ask, "Tennessee?  Isn't that where all the snakes are?" and (more logically), "Will you bring us some moonshine?"  The mountains have an exotic reputation.  Daron returns to Jubilee to celebrate her recording of the songs her great-grandmother Jane Gentry sang for English song collector Cecil Sharp in western North Carolina in 1916  and 1917.  Songs of love and silliness, warning and contemplation, frogs and dangerous chores.  Songs from an unbroken tradition come home. 



photoY’uns is a goodtime acoustic band that blends jugband music with elements of folk, swing, country, and blues.  They boast more kazoo-playing & yodeling than any Knoxville band but will fulfill their contract to play at least one down-in-the-coalmine dirge per set.  Y'uns features Steve Horton & Stan Turner from the Lonesome Coyotes, Danny Gammon from Music Therapy, J. Miller from UT Theater, &  J.P. Reddick from the mighty Mumbillies. 

Leah Gardner

photoEast Tennessee native Leah Gardner sings soulful blues, love ballads, and country folk tunes. Her sound is influenced by roots music, old time, classic bluegrass and country, early R&B, and years of playing with a range of fine folks in and around Knoxville. She has performed at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Festival, Bonaroo, Nashville's Loveless Café and the Ryman auditorium, Tennessee Shines, and several times here at the Laurel Theater. 
Mike and Marcia Bryant

photoMike Bryant has been playing old time fiddle for over 30 years. For 22 years he played with the award winning old time band The New Dixie Entertainers, playing all aound the country and at fiddle conventions. Mike has taught fiddle classes at Swannanoa and Augusta and also enjoys teaching individuals at home in Tennessee. Over the years Mike has won many awards for fiddling, most notably at Clifftop, West Virginia. Mike enjoys playing old time tunes from all over the south. He also has a good repertory of blues and rags on the fiddle.  Mike was featured prominently in a recent issue of the Old Time Herald and in the video series Songs of Appalachia
The Mumbillies

photoAnybody remember the Newly Evicted Expo City Ramblers?  The Honey Wagon Dip Sticks?  They're still here, the ever-lovin' Mumbillies, wearing the same hats and the one name they couldn't shake.  Alleged to be the oldest continuing band in Knoxville, the Mumbillies have stuffed old time fiddle tunes and banjo riffs into every crack in the Laurel Theater's walls for the last quarter century and more.

The Hellgrammites

photoSpending most of their lives in a larval state, the Hellgrammites are Ken Bronson on fiddle, Larry Holt on fiddle, Todd Gladson on banjo, Morgan Simmons on guitar and John Mahaffy on guitar. Members play regularly with the Mumbillies and the Gladson Family Band.The Hellgrammites are the house band for the Knoxville Square Dance held second Thursdays at the Laurel Theater.

Gladson Family Band

photoNorth Georgia native Todd Gladson picked up fiddle from his great uncle Harold Gladson and went on to become state banjo champ at Hiawassee. Todd plays with the Pea Ridge Ramblers, Kinman's Old Time Serenaders, the Hellgrammites and the Gladson Family with Julie and Harlan, performing old time tunes and vocal harmony.
John Alvis & Friends

John Alvis, Juanita Johnson and other friends pay tribute to legendary fiddler Charlie Acuff of the Union County family made famous by Charlie’s cousin Roy.  Charlie can't be with us this year but his many musician friends will carry his music as far as they can.


Check Engine

photoCheck Engine is Frank Bronson on fiddle, Dillan Teffeteller on banjo and Thomas Cook on guitar. Founded in 2011, they've performed old time and bluegrass music at the WDVX Blue Plate Special, the Friday Art Walk in Maryville, at community centers, restaurants, house parties and street corners.

Possum Riot

photoPossum Riot is Erin Bicknese on banjo, Kelsey Tanner on guitar and Cornelia Overton on fiddle and guitar, bringing you heartwarming murder ballads and other favorite old time and country songs.  They hail from Nashville, Smithville and St. Louis. 

The Epworth Old Harp Singers

The Epworth Old Harp Singers host a community singing from The New Harp of Columbia, a manual of sacred songs first published in Knoxville in 1848, related to the better known Sacred Harp singing tradition and emerging from the singing school movement once widespread throughout New England and the South.  Copies of the 2001 edition will be available for use.
Informal sessions

People enjoying themselves in the basement of the Laurel


Friday, March 8
Saturday, March 9
7:00 Check Engine
7:30 Daron Douglas
8:15 Tom McCarroll & Tammie McCarroll-Burroughs
8:45 John Alvis, Juanita Johnson & Friends
9:15 Leah Gardner
10:00 Hellgrammites

all night: basement sessions
7:00 Possum Riot
7:30 Mike and Marcia Bryant & Morgan Simmons
8:00 Roy Harper
8:45 Y'uns
9:30 Gladson Family Band
10:15 Mumbillies

all night: basement sessions

Sunday, March 11

Annual Epworth Old Harp Singing
& Dinner on the Grounds

10 am - 3 pm

funded by grants from
 National Endowment for the Arts                         

produced by

Jubilee Community Arts
1538 Laurel Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37916

(865) 522-5851
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