Native Floridians Gail Gillespie and husband
Dwight Rogers are consummate old time musicians. Before
moving to North Carolina, they were part of the fabled
Band of Gainesville, along with David Forbes and Brent and
They played for square dances and performances of the Cross
Creek Cloggers, and they were staples at the Florida Folk
Festival throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s.They were
frequent contestants (and winners) at FOTMC.
Since moving to North Carolina in 1986, where Dwight teaches
at UNC, they have met many area old time musicians and can
be heard playing with 4 or 5 different groups at any one
time. Recent ensembles include the East Carolina Catbirds
and the Walkertown Rangers (with fiddler Kirk Sutphin). In
1994, Gail, Alice Gerrard, and Sharon Sandomirsky released
a cassette, The Herald Angels. The year 2001 saw the
release of Gail Gillespie and Friends, Travelin’ Shoes ,
which showcases Gail and Dwight in several different groups.
Produced by Bob Carlin, it features some powerful and spirited
old time singing and playing.
In late 2002, it was announced that Gail
will be the new editor of the Old Time Herald, with transitioning
assist from former editor Alice Gerrard.
Dwight and Gail shared Guest of Honor duties
with their friend Jim Collier. He has played old time music
since his high school days in Raleigh, N.C. Influenced early
on by Appalachian musicians such as Roscoe Holcomb and Gaither
Carlton, he carries a rich tradition of tunes and songs, ranging
from hard-driving to sensitive and mournful. Jim is a superb
rhythm guitar player, knock-down banjo player, fiddler, mandolinist
and a powerful singer. A former member of the Tarheel Hotshots,
one of the finest North Carolina old time bands of the last
decade, Jim also fiddles with the County Commissioners (with
Dwight and Gail). He now plays with the old time group Big
Medicine. They have released the CD, Too Old To Be Controlled
on the Yodel-Ay-Hee Label. Check them
out on the web at: www.bigmedmusic.com.
Jim Collier has been playing old-time and
bluegrass music since high school days in Raleigh, N.C. Influenced
early on by Appalachian musicians such as Roscoe Holcomb and
Gaither Carlton, he carries a rich tradition of tunes and
songs, ranging from hard-driving to sensitive and mournful.
Jim also plays rhythm guitar player, mandolin, banjo, and