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Traditional music drives Cork and Fork

September 22, 2021 - 00:00
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The Arthur Nagel Community Clinic’s upcoming November 13 Cork & Fork fundraiser will will feature a look back at the early days of Bandera County.

Part of the event will pay homage to the music European settlers brought with them to the American south and then to Texas. The blending of traditional hymns with mountain gospel, blues, and country music has come to be known as Americana music.

Performing four musical numbers will be Sally Cowan and the Medina River Ramblers, a group of good friends who formed this band as members of the Boerne Pickers, a monthly gathering of bluegrass jammers.

Sally Cowan sings lead and plays guitar, backed up by Herb Knowlson on dobro and fiddle, Mike Lester on mandolin, Dave Moore on banjo, and Dave Rus sell on upright bass.

The Ramblers will lend their considerable skills to “On Jordan’s Stormy Banks”, “When We’re Gone, Long Gone,” “Keep On The Sunny Side,” and “Will The Circle Be Unbroken.”

The finale of Cork & Fork will be a concert and dance by recording legend and perennial Bandera favorite, Tony Booth, widely regarded for his exciting and memorable Classic Country performances.

“Given the circumstances of the past 19 months, we see this as an opportunity for reflection and celebration through traditional American melodies” says Mindi Hauck, Cork & Fork Chair. “We are excited to hear again these songs of inspiration and hope. Plus, we have Tony Booth to raise the rafters as only he can!”

Tickets to Cork & Fork are available at or call (830) 796-3448.