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Jan 19

T-Mart Rounders

At Public Option

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Sunday 19 January 2020 at 7:30pm


Public Option
1601 Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington DC, 20018, United States

Tel: (202) 397-5129


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We're kicking off 2020 with a hoot by welcoming to the stage at The Public Option the T-Mart Rounders! Join us in January for a celebration of Appalachian music and dance traditions courtesy of Jesse Milnes (fiddle and lead vocals), Kevin Chesser (banjo), and Becky Hill (foot percussion).

SIDE NOTE- Jesse is a Diner alumnus so you may have attended the Jesse Milnes & Emily Miller house concert we put on back in spring of 2018 which was a spectacular show.

Recently featured on NPR Music, the T-Mart Rounders are turning heads in the world of old-time music and dance and we're pleased as punch to give them a platform.

DATE: Sunday, January 19th
PLACE: The Public Option (1601 Rhode Island Ave NE, DC)
TIME: doors 6:30pm, show 7:30pm
Ticket: $10-20 at the door (all money goes to the artists!)


The T-Mart Rounders, Jesse Milnes, Kevin Chesser and Becky Hill were brought together by their mutual love for the old-time music and dance traditions of West Virginia and the greater Appalachian region. The three started playing together in 2012 in Elkins, WV, at social gatherings and square dances, and their friendship has evolved into the T-Mart Rounders. The trio consists of clawhammer banjo, fiddle, guitar, voice, and foot percussion, re-envisioning Appalachian clogging and flatfooting as its own instrument within the band.

Their arrangements of traditional old-time tunes use percussive dance as the primary rhythmic accompaniment, akin to a drum-set. All three collaborators have spent significant time in West Virginia learning from and interviewing master elder musicians and dancers. The goal of the project is to celebrate the traditions of Appalachian music and dance, while simultaneously pushing the boundaries of those traditions.

The T-Mart Rounders released a full length album in 2017. Performance highlights have included Wheatland Music Festival, FestiVall, Mountain Stage Radio Show, Hiawatha Music Festival, Nelsonville Music Festival, Rocky Mountain Old-Time Music Festival, Floyd Country Store among others.

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