The Williamson Brothers Bluegrass Band
“THERE’S BEEN NO HIGHER PLEASURE FOR US OR OUR AUDIENCE THAN HEARING THE WILLIAMSON BROTHERS BAND PERFORM.”
PLEASE NOTE: The Williamson Brothers concert will be at a new location in Winston-Salem: Bib’s Downtown, 675 W. Fifth St.
Come hear N.C. legends Tony and Gary Williamson, Jim Watson, Don Wright, and Tatiana Hargreaves (The Williamson Brothers Bluegrass Band) present an evening of dazzling Bluegrass while you enjoy some BBQ and other smoked delicacies at Bib’s Downtown.
For half a century, Tony and Gary Williamson have delighted audiences all over the world with their love of music, deep connection to their roots and a wonderful knowledge of music traditions. They grew up in a family of farmers, woodworkers and musicians that go back nine generations in Piedmont North Carolina. As teenagers, they were named “World Champions” at Union Grove, North Carolina in 1969. On stage and/or in the studio, they have worked alongside Doc Watson, Ralph Stanley, Bobby Hicks, Alison Krauss, Tony Rice, Vassar Clements and many others. The International Bluegrass Music Association recognized them with “Recorded Event of the Year” in 1994, and more recently, they were awarded lifetime achievement awards: Gary “Order of the Longleaf Pine (2010)” and Tony “North Carolina Heritage Award in 2018”.
Their duets feature smooth, lilting vocal harmonies with sparkling mandolin and guitar accompaniment. David Ryoko of the Chicago Tribune summed it up back in 2001: “The Williamson Brothers dazzle without ever lapsing into flashiness.”
“There’s been no higher pleasure for us or our audience than hearing The Williamson Brothers Band perform. We knew that Tony is a mandolin magician, but we weren’t prepared for the wondrous singing; we’ve heard no finer voice than Gary Williamson, and the brother harmonies are astonishingly beautiful. They evoke the deep historical roots of the finest traditional music, a time before internet, before TV, before radio and even before recorded music. The happy songs are often tinged with sadness, but the sad songs are always suffused with hope. Music like this is one of the joys in this imperfect world, and Tony and Gary and their All-Star band deliver the joy.” — Jim Roberts and Deborah Jakubs, Learned Place Concerts, Durham, NC
Jim Watson was a founding member of the Red Clay Ramblers, known for his paint-peeling vocals and instrumental skills on mandolin, guitar, and bass. After leaving the Ramblers he toured with Robin & Linda Williams as a member of their Fine Group, which also featured Chris Brashear. A master of old-time and bluegrass music, he still performs regularly with NC’s finest musicians.
Tatiana Hargreaves is a rapidly rising legend in N.C. Over the past eight years, Tatiana Hargreaves has been on the forefront of an up and coming generation of old time, bluegrass and new acoustic musicians. She has toured with musicians such as Dave Rawlings, Gillian Welch, Laurie Lewis, Darol Anger, and Bruce Molsky. From placing first at the Clifftop Appalachian Fiddle Contest, to her bluegrass fiddling on Laurie Lewis’ GRAMMY-nominated album The Hazel And Alice Sessions, Hargreaves shows a musical fluency that flows between old time and bluegrass worlds with ease. She currently tours with banjo extraordinaire Allison de Groot and teaches bluegrass fiddle at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
“A wonderful and talented presence on the old-time and bluegrass music scene, Tatiana brings to all of her music (besides amazing chops) a true curiosity, an understanding and appreciation for the breadth and depth of the well from which she draws—and the possibilities of who knows what might be. A fine young player and singer—and friend. ”
— ALICE GERRARD
Don Wright, a player of the banjo and guitar (as well being a dentist) from Eden, has performed and recorded with musicians of the highest skill levels.