Farm and Fun Time
Radio Bristol’s Farm and Fun Time live variety show featuring special music guests Davina & The Vagabonds and Hoot & Holler, plus house band Bill & the Belles.
Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; attendees are asked to be seated by 6:50 p.m.)
Location: Performance Theater, Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Farm and Fun Time hearkens back to the days of classic live radio and features today’s top traditional country, bluegrass and old-time artists. We’re proud to bring back this classic program from the 1940s and 1950s to a new generation of listeners!
Hosted by Kris Truelsen and featuring house band Bill and the Belles, Farm and Fun Time is a celebration of Appalachian music and culture with various segments jingles and featured artists. You can enjoy the show every month, live in person, at the museum by purchasing a ticket, or you can listen online at listenradiobristol.org or through our mobile App for iOS and Android. Farm and Fun Time is proudly supported by Eastman Credit Union, Window World of Tri-Cities, and HVAC Bristol.
Since exploding onto the scene in 2005, Davina and the Vagabonds have grown from a down-and-dirty blues band into one of the most exciting acoustic ensembles on the international stage. This high-energy quintet has established itself with a stellar live show, a professional look, and good old-fashioned hard work. In recent years they have performed in 45 states, 2 Canadian provinces and 12 European countries.
With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the band draws from the last 100 years of American music, and is converting audiences one show at a time. So much more than just a blues act, DATV’s shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill, and tender gospel passages. Davina’s voice and stage presence defy category in a different way. Davina has been compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop, but comparisons don’t suffice. Sowers is a true original.
For several years the band has been on the road more than they are home in the Twin Cities, but when they are home, they can be found at the Dakota! One of the keys to Davina’s success is the band’s irresistible live show; when the idea for a live record was presented, the Dakota became the obvious choice to do it at. Davina and the Vagabonds’ latest record, Nicollet and 10th, was recorded over two nights in early 2015 at the Dakota. Like its predecessors, 2014’s Sunshine and 2011’s Black Cloud, Nicollet and 10th is the latest chapter in Davina and the Vagabonds’ New Spin on an Old Sound mission!
Hoot & Holler are the sum of two parts: guitarist Mark Kilianski and fiddler Amy Alvey. Each are songwriters dedicated to honing their craft, both equally influenced by wordsmiths like Gillian Welch and Townes Van Zandt as they are to authentic mountain musicians like Roscoe Holcomb and Ola Belle Reed. After spending the better part of 2016 living in a camper van playing shows across the country, they now call Asheville, North Carolina their home.
Instrument swapping is common during a performance. Sometimes they don two guitars, other times switching to fiddle and banjo, all the while seamlessly blending their vocals as they sing songs infused with the vitality of the landscapes which they have traveled.
They have received scholarships to the Blackpot Camp as well as Augusta Heritage Center to study the stylistic nuance of Cajun and Appalachian music. In 2018 they won third place in the Traditional Band category at the Appalachian String Band Festival (Clifftop), and first place at South Carolina’s State Fiddler’s Championship. When performing or teaching workshops, they strive to honor the ancient sounds of those who came before while bringing their own voice to the stage.