Saturday October 27, 2012

HALIFAX -- A much-needed new roof may be the result of a band's efforts to help Community Hall.

Veteran Vermont band Snake Mountain Bluegrass plans to bring performers and audience together in their show at the Raise the Roof fundraiser on Sunday afternoon.

"We've got this great idea - the Connor Sisters and us coming together - that you don't see very often," said Gregg Humphrey, guitarist and one of the vocalists for Snake Mountain Bluegrass.

Coming from Addison County, the band plans to help the Halifax Community Hall raise money for a new roof for the historical 1844 building.

Other members of the band include Mike Connor on banjo and vocals, Freeman Corey on fiddle, Randy Kirby on bass and Earle Provin on mandolin and resophonic guitar. The musicians of Snake Mountain Bluegrass consider their music a modern take on bluegrass.

Being paired with the Connor Sisters, Humphrey said he wants to make the show an interactive experience and bring the appeal of the variety show back.

"I just remember seeing variety shows on TV that had a pace to it and were really audience-friendly. The only place I can find that nowadays is on the radio. It'd be great to see more variety on stage."

Snake Mountain Bluegrass recently performed at other venues similar to Community Hall, where restoration is a goal of its promoters.

These venues include the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury and the Community Theater in Brandon.


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"They're trying to make old venues into first-class venues," said Humphrey, who likes to bring his band's stage shows to these places and help organizations reach their goals.

The Connor Sisters consist of Katie, 19, on guitar and vocals, Monica, 17, on fiddles and vocals and Megan on lead vocals.

They play gospel-style and country/bluegrass songs. The real-life sisters are also going to team up with the Snake Mountain Bluegrass band to play a few songs.

"We want to make a statement with the audience," said Humphrey. "I'm hoping people will enjoy us. You never know who's in the crowd."

He also hinted at a surprise for audience members that may include another young member of the Connor family who is in neither of the bands.

The Halifax Community Hall is located in the center of West Halifax, at the corner of Branch and Brook roads.

The concert will start at 2 p.m. and end around 4:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Tickets for the concert will be $10 for adults, $5 for children (ages 6-12) and free for children 5 and under.

Tickets are available at Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce at 21 W. Main St. in Wilmington, at Dot's of Dover, at the Halifax Town Office, or by calling 1-802-368-2705 or 368-2824.

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or cmays@reformer.com