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The Sunny Mountain Serenaders

Band Biography


    The Sunny Mountain Serenaders feature three of the most accomplished, steeped-in-the-tradition old-time musicians you'll find anywhere.  

     Mark Campbell, who was raised in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, has won many ribbons at Southern fiddle contests, including 1st Prize at Clifftop in 2001.  He is an unrepentant booster of Virginia music and a long-time musical mentor to scores of folks in the Richmond area.  When he's not playing with the Serenaders, Mark enjoys playing with his wife and daughters, known collectively as The Campbell Family Band.  Mark also is an accomplished landscape painter.

     Native Virginian Mac Traynham, who plays banjo and harmonica and sings lead with the Serenaders, may be best known for the soulful tight-harmony duets that he sings and plays with his wife, Jenny.  He's another guy who's papered his walls with fiddlers convention prize ribbons.  Mac lives in the country, near Floyd, VA, and is a full-time musician, banjo builder, cabinetmaker, and farmer.  

     John Schwab is the guy who literally wrote the book on playing old-time backup guitar.  He's anchored the rhythm sections of several fine bands, including The Hoover Uprights, who took the blue ribbon in the traditional band contest at Clifftop in 2001 and again in 2003.  John plays his old Gibson archtop guitar and sings harmony with the Serenaders.  

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