Doc Watson Celebration at Jones House
by Anna Oakes
The concert is free and part of the town's Concerts at the Jones House series. The event marks a second annual celebration of Watson, a Deep Gap resident and folk music legend who passed away May 29 at the age of 89. Last year's concert was held in conjunction with the dedication of the Doc Watson sculpture on the corner of King and Depot streets.
This year's concert will provide the town and community an opportunity to collectively celebrate Doc with free music in downtown Boone, said Mark Freed, who is coordinating the Concerts at the Jones House series, in a statement.
The Kruger Brothers came to Western North Carolina from Switzerland in large part because of Watson. The banjo-guitar-bass trio came to Wilkes County to perform at MerleFest, and within a few years, they bought land and moved there permanently.
Since moving to Wilkes, the trio has become a fixture in the regional acoustic music community and frequently performed with Watson.
Charles Welch, a resident of Foscoe, was a long-time friend of and often shared the stage with Watson. Welch, a skilled finger-style blues guitar player, will share music and memories of his time with Watson.
Stephen Gallagher, the grandson of J.W. Gallagher who built one of Watson's most-played guitars, will bring a trio of musicians to start the concert at 5 p.m. Gallagher said he probably would not have gotten involved in the family business if it was not for Watson, who helped spread the word about Gallagher Guitars.
The guitar featured in the Watson sculpture is a Gallagher.
Mast General Store, Footsloggers, MPrints, StickBoy Bread, Melanie's and the Downtown Boone Development Association sponsor the Concerts at the Jones House series. For more information, visit http://www.boone-nc-org or call (828) 262-4576.