THE FORGE MOUNTAIN DIGGERS'
Originally formed as a contest band at the Mt. Airy Fiddlers' Convention in 2004, the Forge Mountain Diggers quickly realized that they were onto something good. They have won ribbons at Mt. Airy, the Appalachian Stringband Festival (Clifftop), and the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention. The Diggers released their first CD in June 2006, and have shared stages with the Grascals, Uncle Earl, Donna The Buffalo, Larry Keel, and many other giants of the new Americana scene.
Made up of former Freight Hoppers fiddler David Bass (fiddle), original Hogwaller Ramblers' guitar player Thomas Bailey (guitar and vocal) and the Milkcrate Rustlers' Allison Williams (banjo and vocal), the Diggers’ feral energy recalls the early years of country music, forging scorching rhythms in the classic tradition of the Skillet Lickers, Earl Johnson's Clodhoppers, and the Coon Creek Girls. With a background in the DIY punk scene, the Diggers put their personal firebrand on old-time music.
"The Forge Mountain Diggers play music like they mean it. Searing fiddling, great vocals, and powerhouse banjo playing. I want to be them when I grow up."
-Joe Newberry (Big Medicine)