“In just a couple of years, Mason Creek has developed a nice traditional bluegrass repertoire. Their guitar, fiddle, banjo, and bass quartet is keeping a busy schedule, mostly hitting Southwest Virginia breweries with tasting rooms… “ – “Roanoke Times-March 2, 2017”
Founded in 2015, Mason Creek features four experienced artists of traditional bluegrass music. The Roanoke, Virginia based group features veteran performers, Gary John, guitar and vocals, Shannon Wheeler, fiddle and vocals, Glenn Scaggs, bass and vocals, and Brandon Dickerson, banjo and vocals.
Rhythm guitarist, lead vocalist and band leader Gary John, is from Roanoke, Virginia. Gary grew up heavily influenced by listening to bluegrass and classic country music with his dad, Bill. Gary has been playing bluegrass music since the age of 15 and over his 40 year career has performed at most resorts, festivals, and bluegrass conventions in south western Virginia.
Bassist and vocalist Glenn Scaggs is from Shawsville, Virginia. Glenn began performing with his family at age 16. An accomplished song writer and multi instrumentalist, Glenn has performed with several notable performers including Herschel Sizemore and Junior Sisk. Glenn is right at home in Allegheny Springs, but his talent for bluegrass music has taken him as far as New York and Canada.
Banjo and vocalist, Brandon Dickerson is the youngest member of the group and is from Roanoke, Virginia. Brandon attended his first bluegrass show at age 11 and after watching The Lost and Found perform, knew he had to learn how to play a banjo. Studying under former Lonesome River Band banjoist Mike Jones, in just a few short years Brandon has developed into one of the top “Scruggs style” banjo players in the area.
Fiddle player Shannon Wheeler is from Bedford County, Virginia. Shannon was inspired to begin fiddling at the age of 21 after attending an Alison Krauss concert with his dad, Bobby Wheeler, also a favorite local fiddle player for many years. Shannon has performed and recorded with several regional groups in the area.
Saturday, May 20, 2017, - 6:00pm-8:00pm - Franklin County Ramble Weekend, Waid Park, Rocky Mount, VA
Friday, May 26, 2017, - 2:00pm-2:40pm - Chantilly Farms Bluegrass Festival, Floyd, VA
Saturday, June 3, 2017, - 6:00pm- 9:00pm - Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers, Roanoke, VA
Saturday, June 17, 2017, - 6:00pm-9:00pm - Twin Creeks Brewing Company, Vinton, VA
Tuesday, June 20, 2017, - 6:00pm-9:00pm - Private Event - Roanoke, VA
Friday, June 30, 2017, - MCTrio - Sweet Donkey Coffee, Roanoke, VA
Saturday, July 1, 2017, - 6:00pm-9:00pm - Chaos Mountain Brewing, Callaway, VA
Saturday, July 8, 2017, - 6:30pm-10:30pm - Buchanan Community Carnival, Buchanan, VA
Friday, August 18, 2017, - 6:00pm-9:00pm - Salem VA Medical Center, Salem, VA
Saturday, August 26, 2017, - 7:00pm-10:00pm - Jellystone Campground, Natural Bridge, VA
Friday, September 15, 2017 - MCTrio - Sweet Donkey Coffee, Roanoke, VA
Saturday, September 16, 2017 - Private - Smith Mountain Lake, VA