WILLOW BRANCH

Bios

Gayle Noble (Scottsville, VA) - bass fiddle, vocals

Gayle has been a member of Willow Branch since 1984 and is the primary booking agent for the band.  She has twice been bestowed the honor of 'Best Female Vocalist' by the Virginia Folk Music Association.  When not performing with Willow Branch, Gayle sings with 'The Griffin Girls', a gospel group which features Gayle and her sisters.  


Robert Noble (Scottsville, VA) - banjo, vocals

Robert started Willow Branch in October 1983.  Before Willow Branch, Robert played guitar part-time with 'The Sounds of Bluegrass' of Jacksonville, FL from 1979-1981 and banjo full-time with 'The Valley Grass' of Palm Valley, FL from 1981-1983.  He also played banjo for 'Chief Powhatan & The Bluegrass Braves' of Richmond, VA in 1989.  Robert won the Georgia state bluegrass banjo championship at 'The Great Hahira Pick-In' in Hahira, GA in May 1982 while a member of the 'Valley Grass' and is THE founding member and 1st President of the Piedmont Virginia Fiddle & Banjo Association in Charlottesville, VA.   Among his many achievements as a musician, Robert cites his greatest thus far as having twice performed on the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. 


Doug McDonald (Dunn, NC) - mandolin, vocals

Doug is a North Carolina native and has been a member of Willow Branch since 2004.  He has also been a member of 'The McDonald Brothers' and 'Steel Creek' bluegrass bands, both based in North Carolina.  Doug is a prolific songwriter with many compositions to his credit, many of which can be heard at most Willow Branch performances. 

Larry Nunnery (Benson, NC) - guitar, vocals

Larry is the newest member of Willow Branch, joining the band in June 2014.  He is a North Carolina native and has been playing bluegrass since the mid-1980's.  Larry has been a part of the 'Lonesome Pine Band', the 'Steeple Creek Band', as well as other local bands including 'The Boys From Carolina' with whom he has been an active member since 2005.