Award-winning multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and master performance artist David Russell will present “The Crossing of the Dan-A Major Turning Point in the American Revolutionary War: In Story and Song” on Saturday, Feb. 15 at The Prizery, beginning at 10 a.m. for the 239th anniversary commemoration of the Crossing of the Dan.
Russell will present the true history of the famous Race to the Dan River made and won by Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene over British General Lord Cornwallis by telling the story in a “you are there in real time” musical and narration performance.
He will be accompanied by Roland Terry of the legendary 8th generation Terry musical family of North Carolina.
Born to a musical family, Russell began the study of classical guitar with a Segovia Master at age 6 and soon broadened his musical interests to include many different styles of acoustic guitar as well as other instruments.
Over the last 35 years, he has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada. Aside from his number one instrument of guitar he is a multi-instrumentalist performing on mandolin, octave mandolin/bouzouki, banjo and Dobro.
Parallel with his work career as a touring contemporary music performer and recording session artist, Russell holds several shows a year presenting American historical music.
He emphasizes music that was performed to small audiences around a campfire or the intimacy of a home parlor when there were no recordings and music was carried in memory by oral tradition of live performance. He has a deep interest in bringing colonial history alive through period music and songs.
During his musical career, Russell has performed with Doc and Merle Watson, Norman and Nancy Blake, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, John Hartford, Vassar Clements, Steve Martin, Jimmy Buffett, Gamble Rogers and Steve Goodman.
For more information on Russell, visit www.davidrussellmusic.com.
Terry will perform on a 200-year-old violin of his famed uncle Edsel Terry.
He has performed with the Terry Brothers for the last 30 years, as the Doc Branch Band, and shares Russell’s interest in historical and traditional music from the many times their have paths crossed on the performance trail at bluegrass and traditional music shows.
Russell and Terry have been invited to the 45th Memorial Carter Family Folk Festival in Hiltons.- a singular honor for this talented duo.
They both are direct descendants of Revolutionary War veterans in the Southern Campaign and will perform period music and narrative in dramatic form with audience participation.
Wearing period clothing, the musicians will perform selections on traditional acoustic guitar, violin, mandolin and mandocello.
The Crossing of the Dan by Nathanael Greene, which left General Lord Cornwallis stranded with starving troops on the southern bank of the Dan River, is now recognized by historians as a major turning point of the Revolutionary War.
Subsequently Britain lost the Southern Campaign as the English troops were outfought and out maneuvered by the rest of the Colonies with the Surrender at Yorktown- the Birth of our Nation.
Dan River Chapter, Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution (VASSAR), Berryman Green Chapter, Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution (VADAR), Halifax County Historical Society and the town of South Boston are hosting the commemoration.
Saturday’s program will feature speakers, a musical presentation, wreath laying ceremony, an encampment on the Dan River, and a re-enactment of The Crossing, weather permitting.