The Miss Ellie String Band Featured at Heartwood


Abingdon, Virginia – The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail presents the Miss Ellie String Band in concert on Thursday, March 9th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Heartwood in Abingdon, VA. This concert is part of The Crooked Road Music Series at Heartwood.


The Miss Ellie String Band, in its present form, came together in January 2017, although several of its members have played together for some time. The band members have been students at Mountain Empire Community College’s Mountain Music School and the WiseJAMS and Scott County JAMS (Junior Appalachian Musicians) programs. The group’s name was chosen in tribute to Sue Ella Boatright-Wells. Sue Ella spent many years preserving and promoting Appalachian music and culture. Sadly, she passed away in August 2016 and this group is an example of the many lives that she touched in developing the Mountain Music School.  Sue Ella was affectionately known as “Miss Ellie” by a number of close friends. The group is pleased to honor her legacy by presenting the Miss Ellie String Band.


The Crooked Road Music Series takes place each Thursday at Heartwood. The series features youth artists each 2nd Thursday along with open jams on the 1st, 3rd, 4th (and 5th) Thursdays to showcase Southwest Virginia performers. The Crooked Road Music Series is sponsored by Heartwood, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway is located off I-81 at Exit 14 in Abingdon, VA, and features food, music, and craft of Southwest Virginia. Admission to the concert is free and donations will be accepted for Crooked Road Traditional Music Education Program (TMEP).


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