One of the highlights of the event will certainly be Raymond Fairchild’s induction into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 26.
Raymond Fairchild is a legendary banjoist and has performed on the Grand Ole Opry since 1977. He has appeared on numerous television specials for the Nashville Network and other network stations.
Raymond has recorded over twenty albums and videos during his impressive career and scored two Gold Records for having sold over two million copies of his banjo instrumentals.
He recently completed a two-hour documentary special for Japan Broadcasting, focusing on the evolution of music from Ireland to the United States.
In 1982, “The Appalachian Journey,” a documentary produced by renowned author and folklorist Allen Lomax in conjunction with Columbia University, was filmed so Raymond’s music would be preserved for generations to come. It is stored in the archives of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
Raymond’s hometown has honored him by placing a sign at each end of the valley, which simply reads, “Welcome to Maggie Valley Home of Raymond Fairchild.”
A stellar line-up of bands for the 41st Annual Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival has been announced and a detailed performance schedule has been posted at billmonroemusicpark.com.