Blue Diggity

Shows at the Purple Fiddle

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Jim Mclaughlin is 25 and has played with the Davis and Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble as well as award winning musician Jesse Milnes. Jim also has a growing repertoire of original music and plays many of his original songs with Blue Diggity. As a fiddler, Jim has placed at the Augusta Heritage Center banjo and fiddle contest as well as the Hammonds Family Memorial Fiddle Contest. Jim has played places such as the Floyd Country Store, the Cultural Center in Charleston, WV, the Tamarack Marketplace, and Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC.

Isaiah Childers is from Delaware, Ohio and at 24 has already played in many bluegrass groups in the Columbus area. He played with Three Rivers Bluegrass on many stages such as the Bill Monroe Memorial Festival in Bean Blossom, Indiana, the Mohican Bluegrass Festival, and Mansfield Jamfest. Isaiah works as a full time luthier building custom guitars and performing quality instrument repairs. Throughout his early music career Isaiah was featured weekly on the television program the Oldtime Gospel Hour delighting local audiences.

Bailey Stephenson is 24 and has played at the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University and is one of the first recipients of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Salley Anne Forrester Memorial College Scholarship for young women in Bluegrass music. Bailey has played banjo on stages such as the Carter Family Fold, the Wheeling Jamboree in Wheeling, WV, and the Purple Fiddle in Thomas, WV. Jim and Bailey met in high school as members of the Wheeling Park High School Bluegrass Band.

Lilli Gadd is 22, has been playing bass since she was 9, and singing as long as she can remember. She played many stages and traveled extensively as the bass player for Crandall Creek. Lilli, Jim, and Bailey met in high school as members of the Wheeling Park High School Bluegrass Band.

As a band, Blue Diggity has played places such as the Pennyroyal Operahouse in Fairview, OH, the Sterling Bluegrass Jamboree in Mt. Sterling, OH, the Mountain State Art and Craft Fair in Ripley, WV, the Clifton Opera House in Clifton, OH, the Lewis County Bluegrass Festival in Anamede, WV, the 7 Mile Bluegrass Festival, the NIBA Bluegrass Festival, the AFBA Bluegrass Festival, and many more. Between their passionate vocal leads, tight harmonies, and powerful instrumental arrangements, Blue Diggity generates a dynamic presence on stage that is sure to engage spectators at any venue or event.