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Harold Mitchell

Emcee Extraordinaire
Galax, Virginia

Harold MitchellIf you have attended the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention sometime in the last forty years, then you will quickly recognize the familiar voice of Galax native Harold Mitchell. Always dressed impeccably and donning a white cowboy hat, Harold has served as the instrument contest emcee at Galax since 1972. Harold’s voice was likely familiar to locals already, as he was a regular deejay at WHHV radio in neighboring Hillsville, spinning the records of Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, and other founding fathers of bluegrass. Harold has emceed countless musical performances in and around Galax ever since he introduced his first artist, the great Charlie Monroe, at Fries High School in 1957. He has emceed two shows a month since 1965, and to this day, Harold remains the gold standard by which all other emcees will be judged, and we welcome him back to the Richmond Folk Festival.