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December 31, 1969

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Warren Wilson String Band

The RiverBenders are an old-time string band composed of students from Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina. They perform a mix of old-time songs and traditional fiddle tunes, mostly from the southern Appalachian region. Coached by western North Carolina musician and dancer, Phil Jamison, this young band was featured at this year's Bascom Lamar Lunsford at Mars Hill University. They have also played for dances at the Old Farmers Ball contra dance in Swannanoa. The band consists of Willow Dillon (fiddle), Rachel Dunaway (banjo), Trinity Esola (guitar), and Maggie Hollar (bass), with Phil Jamison (guitar).

Warren Wilson College offers a unique undergraduate degree in traditional music that emphasizes the multi-cultural roots, influences, and varieties of vernacular music within southern Appalachia.

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