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The Virginia Serenaders, inspired by an 1840’s group of that name, seek to re-present the sound of a formative era. Antique or reproduction instruments, fiddles, guitars and fretless banjos, strung with gut and headed with natural skin, serve to capture the sound as originally performed. Percussion is supplied, as was the fashion, with bones, tambourine, triangle, fireplace tongs and jawbone. While difficult to fully recreate the true performance style of music that was prior to the age of recording, and to eradicate any modern influences, care is taken to employ much of the banjo “stroke-style” that was the mandate of the time. The result is a blend of historical research mixed with the interpretation of the musicians.