Jesse Milnes, Becky Hill & Ben Nelson
Becky Hill, Jesse Milnes and Ben Nelson have been friends for over a decade, but only recently started creating music together. Ben grew up in southwest Virginia in a family of old-time musicians, and now makes his home in the North Carolina mountains. Becky is musically rooted in West Virginia, where she studied with an array of percussive dance luminaries and elder square dance callers. Jesse grew up steeped in West Virginia old-time music, playing with Melvin Wine, Ernie Carpenter, and others. The trio consists of clawhammer banjo, fiddle, guitar, voice, and foot percussion, re-envisioning Appalachian clogging and flatfooting as its own instrument within the band. Their arrangements of traditional old-time tunes use percussive dance as the primary rhythmic accompaniment, akin to a drum-set. All three collaborators have spent significant time in Appalachia learning from and interviewing master elder musicians and dancers. The goal of the project is to celebrate the traditions of Appalachian music and dance, while simultaneously pushing the boundaries of those traditions. Their arrangements of traditional tunes from southern Appalachia re-envision percussive dance to explore the nuanced conversation between melody and rhythm.

Becky Hill & Friends - Millennium Stage
Brownsville - Jesse Milnes, Emily Miller, and Becky Hill -v Augusta Old Time Week 2016


Sun, April 21, 2024
1:00 PM EST
Takoma SPARK
7112 Willow Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912
$20 Admission