Reed Island Rounders

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 8:00pm


     The Reed Island Rounders formed in 1993, with fiddler Betty Vornbrock, guitarist Billy Cornette, and various banjo and bass players over the years.  Known for their variety of music, from the foot-stomping dance tunes of the Blue Ridge to romantic waltzes, and beyond to dark and lonesome mountain tunes or a chilling ballad, they evoke the soul of Appalachian life. With three recordings, several music camps, and international travel under their belts, the trio has students and followers far and wide. Recently, acclaimed North Carolina fiddler and banjo player Kirk Sutphin has added his unique styles and NC repertoire to the band. The three now blend their mutual respect for the Old-Time music of West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, and SW Virginia, where Betty & Billy make their home.


Betty Vornbrock is an accomplished Old-Time fiddler, drawing upon the tunes and styles of Kentucky’s Ed Haley, John Salyer, Snake Chapman and Clyde Davenport; West Virginia’s Wilson Douglas, Melvin Wine, and the Hammonses; and her local VA/NC greats Ralph Blizard, Tommy Jarrell, Emmett Lundy, and Henry Reed. Having recorded with various artists, and her own band, Betty co-produced a twin-fiddle album, “Side by Side ”,with Kentucky fiddler J.P.Fraley, capturing the pair’s love of harmony.
Kentucky native Billy Cornette was exposed to a variety of country musicians & early Bluegrass greats, through his musical roots. After moving to Virginia in 1989, he decided to teach himself fiddle and guitar. He & Betty met in 1990 at a local jam session, and he’s concentrated on playing back-up guitar to her fiddling ever since.

Kirk Sutphin hails from the North Carolina Piedmont, and started young capturing the music and styles of the area through visits with Tommy Jarrell and Lonnie Austin, and digging further back to Emmett Lundy and Taylor Kimble. Versatile as well on the banjo, Kirk offers the clawhammer sounds of Jarrell and Wade Ward, and the finger-picking styles of Frank Jenkins and Charlie Poole. He has toured and taught internationally for many renowned festivals and music camps, and was part of the acclaimed Masters of the Banjo tour in 1993. 

The Reed Island Rounders represent the banjo & fiddle heritage of the Appalachian Mountains. Having learned first-hand from such Old-Time masters as J.P. Fraley, Wilson Douglas, and Tommy Jarrell, Betty Vornbrock, Kirk Sutphin and Billy Cornette blend their styles for a unique presentation of music and history.

Also, come join us for an old time jam at 6:30 -8:00 pm- If you bring your instrument to jam, the cost is only $5.




     Bluegrass Unlimited: The Reed Island Rounders are a trio from southwestern Virginia with roots deep in the

traditions of West Virginia, the source for the majority of their music. The addition of Diane Jones on vocals and

banjo has added a new dimension to this band. Her forthright banjo style and no-nonsense vocal style bring re -

newed life to old songs. Betty Vornbrock, the fiddler, places her distinctive stamp on a great variety of tunes as

she weaves the notes with a vigorously delicate bow. Billy Cornette plays guitar and adds to the vocal mix. His rock

steady playing supports the performances on banjo & fiddle.


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