Appalachian musician to perform at Union College

Concert will feature Virgil Bowlin and Peerless Mountain
Published on
January 30, 2014
Virgil Bowlin (far left) and his band, Peerless Mountain, will perform on Feb. 6 at 7:30 in Rector Little Theatre.

Next week, Union College will host a performance by Virgil Bowlin, an Appalachian musician and former band member for Bluegrass legend Larry Sparks.

As lead vocalist and mandolin player, Bowlin will appear with his band, Peerless Mountain, on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rector Little Theatre. This free concert will feature Bluegrass, country and folk music.

Peerless Mountain is an acoustic band named for Bowlin’s childhood home on Peerless Coal Camp near Williamsburg, Ky.  Band members include David Bowlin on guitar; Jim Harp on standup bass; and Carl Vanover on banjo.

Bowlin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music, but his training began early in life. As a child growing in southeastern Kentucky, he played and sang Appalachian music with family and friends as his main source of entertainment and fellowship. This is a tradition he has kept alive.

Earlier in his career, Bowlin played bass fiddle and sang backup for Larry Sparks, the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Male Vocalist of the Year for 2004 and 2005.

For more information about this performance, contact Jim Rubin, at 606-546-1279.