Tuesday 30th October 2001

"It might be said that Bob Everhart truly is America's Ambassador of traditional country music" (Country Music People, England)

We continue the American theme for our second concert in October when we bring the American duo Bob & Sheila Everhart to Woodhall Spa. They are joined on some numbers during their young step-dancing daughter Bobbie Lhea.

Bob plays 12 string acoustic guitar & harmonica, his wife Sheila plays upright acoustic bass and fiddle and also clog dances in the old Ozark Mountain style. Their music encompasses traditional country, bluegrass & prairie roots music in the style of Bill & Charlie Munroe (before Flatt & Scruggs), Woody Guthrie, Jimmie Rodgers, Roy Acuff, Hank Williams Snr & Jimmie Driftwood.

Bob has performed some 22 concert tours in Europe during the past 20 years, the latest being last Autumn, during which Bob & Sheila performed at 'America's Traditional Music and Dance Festival' in Dublin

Bob is also president of the National Traditional Country Music Association of The USA (who sponsor & host the National Old Time Country & Bluegrass Music Festival (this year in Avoca, Iowa ~ 27 Aug to 2 Sep in 2001). The organisation has also organised America's Traditional Music and Dance Festivals in Europe, the duo performing at the 1998 Festival in Austria & 2000 Festival in Dublin.

Bob has produced & hosted the national PBS television show 'Old Time Country Music for 7 years & the 'Old Time Music Hour' radio programme. He has released 6 LP's on the Smithsonian/Folkways label, now available in CD format, 6 Tapes and 2 CD's released on the Prairie Music Records label.

This is Old Time Country music, the music of the Heartlands of America, which encompasses elements of country, bluegrass, folk, blues and Old Timey music, music which is now rarely heard in Britain's country music clubs.