WANT TO GO?
FOOTMAD presents the 2014 FOOTbridge Award
WHERE: Culture Center Theater
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday
TICKETS: Adults $20, seniors $15, students $10, children under 13 free
INFO: 304-415-4668 or www.footmad.org
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Flat-picking guitarist Robin Kessinger gushed about how happy he was to be this year's FOOTMAD FOOTbridge Award recipient.
"I'm just real excited about that," he said. "I'm extremely honored that they would do something like that for me."
The 58-year-old St. Albans resident will receive the award Saturday night at the Culture Center at a ceremony and concert that honors Kessinger's contribution to traditional music.
It's a well-earned award. The national flat-pick champion has been a near constant presence on the state's traditional music scene. He's won or placed at the Vandalia Gathering many times, taught for decades at Davis and Elkins College's Augusta Heritage Festival and even has his own music festival, lately held in early May in Roane County.
"That's been going pretty good," he said of the festival. "It's growing slowly, but I think 2014 is going to be a big year for us -- a lot more people."
He's also been a longtime supporter of the Friends of Old-Time Music and Dance, though he can't quite place when he had his first show with the organization.
"I think the first time I played for them was around 1979? I remember I was in my 20s."
There have been a lot of shows since then.