Appalachian Pickers Mac Traynham & Mark Campbell
Original Appalachia. An evening in the company of Mac Traynham & Mark Campbell playing the folk tunes and songs of Virginia on Fiddle and Banjo.
Mark Campbell is a traditional musician dedicated to preserving and passing down old Appalachian regional fiddle and banjo styles. A native of Virginia, he learned bowing and picking styles from some of the giants of the last generation of great musicians of North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia, including Melvin Wine, Tommy Jarrell, Ernie Carpenter, Pug Allen, Burl Hammons, Wilson Douglas, Lee Triplett, Frank George, Harvey Sampson, Joe Birchfield, Wilson DOuglas and Harold Hausenfluck.
In 2008 Mark was named Virginia Foundation for the Hunamities' Master Fiddler. He was also the 2001 Champion Fiddler at the Appalachian String Band Festival at Clifftop, West Virginia, has twice won the State of Virginia fiddle contest, and has won the West Virginia Folk Festival banjo and fiddle competitions.
Mac Traynham is a deep-rooted native of Virginia, born in the Tidewater area and growing up with musical parents in Oxford, North Carolina. He started paying clawhammer banjo is 1977 and, moving to Grayson County in 1980, felt compelled to learn to play the tunes of the region in a recognizable "local" style. He began winning prizes for his banjo playing at the local Fiddlers' Conventions. Subsequently, he took up old time fiddling as well and began playing for local dances and benefits. Since the 1980s, Mac has been active with his music in both a professional and a non-professional way. He has been on the staff of several renowned old time music camps over the years including Augusta Heritage Workshops in Elkins, West Virginia, Mars Hill Blue Ridge Old Time week in North Carolina and The Swannonnoa Gathering near Asheville, North Carolina.