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Appalachia Extravaganza Being Held at GSC

For Immediate Release: March 30, 2012

Contact: Annette Barnette
Public Relations & Marketing Director
Glenville State College
Glenville, WV
(304) 462-6391

Glenville, WV – Music groups Gandydancer, Retro and Smiling, and John Lilly’s Hank Williams, Sr. Tribute Show will be performing at the first annual Appalachia Extravaganza at Glenville State College on Saturday, April 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the GSC Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

“With this concert, we will be showing the transformation of Appalachian music. There will be old-time string band music, traditional bluegrass, and early country. Many different styles and instruments will be used to put on an amazing show filled with Appalachian culture,” said GSC Resident Artist Buddy Griffin, who will be performing with Retro and Smiling and the John Lilly’s Hank Williams, Sr. Tribute Show.

Gandydancer is an old-time string band. The group is led by world-renown fiddler and banjoist Dave Bing and children’s author and an authority on Appalachian folklore Dr. Gerry Milnes.

Retro and Smiling is a bluegrass band frequently heard on the Sirius XM bluegrass channel and features many well-known Grand Ole Opry musicians along with GSC Alum Luke Shamblin. Graduating in 2010, Shamblin was a prominent member of the GSC Bluegrass Band.

“Being part of the GSC Bluegrass Band is what helped shape me into the musician I am today. The program taught us how to be professionals both on and off the stage. To be performing back in the GSC Fine Arts Auditorium is very exciting,” said Shamblin.

The John Lilly’s Hank Williams Sr. Tribute Show is made up of West Virginia State Folklorist and Goldenseal magazine editor John Lilly along with many legendary Nashville musicians. Hall of Fame steel guitarist Kayton Roberts, who worked alongside Hank William, Sr. himself at the Grand Ole Opry for many years, is part of the band.

The Appalachia Extravaganza is one of many events being held during the Appalachia Trading Company, a two-day exposition and exploration of Appalachian culture.  Events include a black-iron cook off, square dance, photo exhibit, wine tasting, pie bake off, guest speakers, demonstrations, and performances.  All events are free to the public through a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council.

“I am very excited to be hosting such prominent names in the music industry at the Appalachia Extravaganza. This event will be great for the whole family,” said ATC Project Director Tashua Allman.

For a full schedule of ATC events, visit To make reservations for the Appalachia Extravaganza or for more information about the Appalachia Trading Company, contact Allman at or (304) 462-6051.

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