Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley is a wellspring of folk music dating back to the days of the early settlers in the 1700s.
The Shenandoah Music Trail honors musicians and celebrates the rich history of the traditional music of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. All along the music trail you will find the best musicians playing music as a way of life. The songs reflect the rich heritage of the Valley’s music communities. From haunting ballads to breakneck speed hoedowns the music of the region has defined the fabric of American music for over 280 years.
The Valley is credited with the development of the mountain dulcimer, is the birthplace of American gospel music, shape-note singing, World’s 1st Bluegrass Festival, Patsy Cline, Mac Wiseman, Larry Stephenson, the Statler Brothers, Nothing Fancy and hundreds of bands and musicians whose musical styles have set the standard for American roots music. Come explore along the Shenandoah Music Trail. The musical experience of a lifetime awaits...
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The Shenandoah Music Trail is a series of driving loops designed to show-case Valley music, promote Valley’s rich history and natural beauty. The Trail covers14 counties and is divided into 3-sections. The upper, central and lower valley regions feature easy driving multiple-loop excursions from Winchester to Roanoke which highlight current musical venues, trail stops featuring mountain music, historical places and musicians that have had significant impact on American music. We’d love for you to join us. Don’t forget to bring your instrument.
Your yearly membership keeps you up-to-date with all the goings-on along the Shenandoah Music Trail and helps us keep our mission to bring the rich music of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley to the World.
Shenandoah Valley Mountain Music Makers Association has established the Roger W. Farris Memorial Scholarship Fund so that others may know the joys and benefits of music making across the life span . Bringing together students and master teachers.
We are dedicated to preserving, promoting and maintaining the integrity and roots of the Shenandoah Valley's Mountain Music Making traditions and its various configurations including: bluegrass, old-time string band, American fiddle/banjo traditions, Appalachian folk songs, blues, shape-note and gospel, and traditional country music.SVM 3 A is a Virginia based non-profit 501(c)(3) public trust corporation chartered in 2009 with a mission to: preserve, promote and maintain the integrity and roots of this great acoustic music tradition and its various configurations including: bluegrass, old-time string band, American fiddle/banjo traditions, Appalachian folk songs, shape-note and gospel, and acoustic old-time country. Read out Full Mission Statement