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Harold Mitchell

Emcee Extraordinaire
Galax, Virginia

Harold Mitchell

If you have attended the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention in the last 40 years, you will recognize the familiar voice of Galax native Harold Mitchell. Always impeccably dressed and sporting a white cowboy hat, Harold has served as the instrument-contest emcee at Galax since 1972. Even before he began emceeing, Harold’s voice was familiar to locals as the regular deejay at WHHV Radio in neighboring Hillsville, where he spun the records of Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, and other founding fathers of bluegrass. He has emceed countless musical performances in and around Galax ever since introducing his first artist, the great Charlie Monroe, some 50 years ago. Harold remains the gold standard of emcees against which all others are judged, and we welcome him back to the Richmond Folk Festival.