"Holiday Music with The Gurleys"
To start our holiday season, the Northumberland County Historical Society will present “Holiday Music with The Gurleys” on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.
The Gurleys (Bill and Pam) need no introduction. Their performances throughout Virginia and beyond are always a delight and always well attended and received. Their music has been described as “clean and polished, yet still rustic and natural…musical communication on a deep, honest level.”
Bill’s early training was nurtured by his father. After playing guitar for a few years, he branched out to five-string banjo, fiddle and mandolin. From his youth he has played at festivals. Pam’s beautiful voice was discovered by accident when she tried out for the high school chorus in order to get out of a biology class! It was at one of her performances that Bill heard her sing, and the rest is history. Since their first date, Bill and Pam have been performing, writing and recording together in a career of more than 25 years. They share a love of folk and bluegrass music. They have become known for Pam’s beautiful voice and for Bill’s multi-instrumental talents and song writing.
Though both Bill and Pam grew up in Newport News, they have made the Northern Neck their home with their two children for more than 16 years. They live in an old family farmhouse that they are restoring.
After the performance, the Gurley’s CDs will be available for sale. This will include Bill Gurley’s solo album, Break of Day, and the family recording, The Gurleys. In addition, a nice selection of books for purchase will be offered to benefit the Historical Society and to give attendees the opportunity to begin or to complete their Christmas shopping. Refreshments will be served following the program. Both Society members and the general public are welcome to attend this Christmas celebration, held at the Society’s Ball Memorial Library and Museum, 86 Back Street in Heathsville, at no charge. For more information, phone 580-8581 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday through Friday.