Gina Furtado's innovative and unique musicianship and songwriting, although based in traditional music modalities, breaks free from the assumed constructs and makes a new musical statement that's expressed with emotion and played with the highest skill.
Using the banjo as a medium of personal expression, Furtado moves through varied modes of musical treatments. Although she's known mainly known for her work as the banjo player for Chris Jones and the Night Drivers, she has a long history with her banjo. Born and raised in Front Royal, Virginia, Gina began touring up and down the east coast in her tween years with her siblings, earning countless ribbons from fiddlers conventions, a strong reputation in the regional bluegrass scene, and a stamp from Bluegrass Today as “absurdly talented.”
Her latest album, True Colors, was released in September 2017 and debuted at #13 on Bluegrass Billboard Charts, and boasts two #1 songs on Bluegrass Today charts. Gina was featured on the cover of Banjo Newsletter in the December 2017 issue, along with her original tune "Saylor's Creek". She was a nominee for the 2018 International Bluegrass Music Association's Banjo Player of the Year.
Joining Gina in the Gina Furtado Project will be her sister, Malia Furtado, on fiddle; Corey Wells on guitar; and Stefan Custodi on bass.
Justin Trawick has been performing in the Washington DC area and along the East Coast since 2006. In June of 2015, Trawick released his first single, “Goodbye”, under the band name “Justin Trawick and the Common Good”; written about the search for direction and belonging in a world that constantly feels one step ahead of you.
With instrumentation consisting of acoustic guitar, upright bass, fiddle, mandolin, and pedal steel, the band’s live performance plays fast and loose with the “Americana” genre, performing heartfelt ballads followed by raucous bluegrass melodies and even moments of hip hop verses.
Justin Trawick and The Common Good’s debut record, “The Riverwash EP”, exemplifies the raw emotional live sound Trawick and the band have cultivated over the years. The record introduces the listener to Trawick’s unique brand storytelling with five original songs about love, loss, longing, resilience, and time pulling heartstrings of listeners young and old.
Hear Justin Trawick and the the Common Good at the festival on the B Chord stage at 1:45 pm.
Taking kids out on the trail is good for them—and the planet. Really.
A hike is the perfect opportunity to teach kids so many things about nature, and it exposes them to wildlife. The number of things you can teach a child outdoors is limitless—like caring for the environment, basic survival skills, foraging for food and practicing the principles of leave no trace.
Taking kids hiking on the Appalachian Trail is the perfect educational adventure. Just plan ahead—know how far they can hike comfortably, know the stretch of trail where you'll take them, have them dress appropriately for the weather, bring plenty of water (and food) and let someone else know where and when you're hiking.
Get your children excited about an AT hike at the Round Hill Appalachian Trail Festival on June 15th. We'll have long-distance hikers sharing their stories, outdoors groups sharing tips, fun activities and more.
Round Hill AT: Join us in bringing together local friends and family to get outside. Let’s discover our amazing backyards — from national treasures like the Appalachian Trail to new local and regional parks.