Regional Talents


Wyane Henderson

Wayne Henderson’s top-notch finger-picking is a source of great pleasure and pride to his friends, family and neighbors in Grayson County, Virginia. His guitar playing has also been enjoyed at Carnegie Hall, in three national tours of Masters of the Steel-String Guitar, and in seven nations in Asia.

In addition to his reputation as a guitarist, Henderson is a luthier of great renown. He is a recipient of a 1995 National Heritage Award presented by the National Endowment for the Arts. He produces about 20 instruments a year, mostly guitars; he is almost as well-known for the mandolins he has made. Good friend Doc Watson owned a Henderson mandolin.

Donley Vilolins

Timothy C. Donley is a violin restorer and maker based in Independence, Virginia. He restores and repairs all types of fiddles, violins, violas, cellos, double basses, and bows. A selection of instruments and bows is available for sale. He has served over a thousand musicians from all genres of music including symphony players, jazz, bluegrass, old-time, and more. Tim Donley, who learned the trade through a classical apprenticeship in Richmond under violin maker John Larrimore, is also an award-winning old-time fiddle player. Custom-made instruments are built on commission. Donley serves musicians from Roanoke, VA, Charlotte, NC, Abingdon, Galax, and elsewhere. He is the violin restorer for Davidson Violins near Charlotte, NC, and he has worked on a number of historic instruments including Patrick Henry's fiddle kept at Red Hill, and one of the earliest American cellos, preserved at the Duke University Musical Instrument Collection.



wolfe brothers string band

Although the WOLFE BROTHERS first formed during the mid 1970s, the group re-established their unique old time sound in the early 1990s. Featuring three vocalists, the band's repertoire ranges from rarely heard traditional songs and tunes to their own original material.