Direct from the hills of Berea, Ky., world-renowned bluegrass group The McLain Family Band has enchanted audiences across the globe for over 50 years with their joyous contemporary Appalachian bluegrass music. The band’s sound is set apart by Raymond W. McLain’s banjo virtuosity, described by Banjo Newsletter as “mindboggling,” and the tight harmonies of Alice and Ruth McLain lilt and soar across original compositions steeped in Appalachia’s vibrant heritage. Formed in 1968, the band’s founding members consisted of father Raymond K. McLain (1928-2003), son Raymond W. McLain (banjo, fiddle, mandolin, vocals, and guitar), Alice McLain (vocals, mandolin) and Ruth McLain (bass, vocals, mandolin). Today, the McLain Family Band’s founding musicians and a rotating lineup of additional family members continue to delight concertgoers with their spontaneous, creative and vivacious performances of original, soul-soothing bluegrass music.
Between 1968 and 1990, The McLain Family Band performed in all 50 states, as well as 62 countries during 14 international concert tours—some as musical ambassadors of the U.S. Department of State. The McLain Family Band has wowed audiences at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn., Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and the Carter Fold in Hiltons, Va. They have been featured at thousands of festivals and concerts and performed as soloists in more than 230 appearances with orchestras. For 11 years, The McLain Family Band hosted The McLain Family Band Festival which was featured on NPR’s “Folk Festival USA” and produced by Kentucky Educational TV for national distribution. Other television appearances include NBC’s Today Show, The CBS Morning News, ABC’s Good Morning America, The Pearl Bailey ETV Special, The BBC, TNN’s Nashville Now and the Johnny Cash Christmas Special.
Singing Bird Music School Students and Teaching Artists at 7pm