Sounds of Railroading Agenda

Friday, June 3, 2016

1-5 p.m.


5-9 p.m.

Dinner Train2: Welcome and Introductions

Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad

9:30-11:30 p.m.

Movie: "Emperor of the North"


Saturday, June 4, 2016

9-10:30 a.m.

Presentation I: Overview - Traditional Music as a Railroad Music Genre

Norm Cohen, author, Long Steel Rail

10:30-10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Presentation II: Appalachian Railroad Music - The Traditions

Gerry Milnes, folklorist, musician, author; William Sherman Holestine, musician; Gary Wayne Jordan, musician; Jimmy Costa, musician

12:15-1:30 p.m.


1:30-3 p.m.

Presentation III: John Henry and The Labor Tradition

Jimmy Costa, folklorist, musician; Gerry Milnes, folklorist, musician, author

3-3:15 p.m.


3:15-4:45 p.m.

Presentation IV: Hobo Music

Norm Cohen, author, Long Steel Rail; Roy Harper, musician; Johnny Bellar, musician

5-6:30 p.m.


7-10 p.m.


Emily Miller and Jesse Milnes and Roy Harper with Johnny Bellar headline with guests Jimmy Costa, Gary Wayne Jordan and William Sherman Holestine

Randolph County Community Arts Center

Sunday, June 5, 2016

7:30-9 a.m.


9-10 a.m.

Presentation V: Line Bar Crew Chants

Maggie Holtzberg, folklorist, filmmaker (Gandy Dancers)

10-11 a.m.

Jam Session

All attendees welcome to participate.

11-11:15 a.m.

Wrap-up and Departure


  1. All musicians and presenters listed have agreed to participate. However, if, due to circumstances beyond our control, one or more of them cannot honor their commitment, a suitable substitute will be arranged.
  2. Space on the dinner train is limited, seating in the Parlor-Observation car even more so. Please book early to assure your participation.