Marie Payne said: Oct 23, 2022
Gayle and I have been friends for decades (having met through work) and I have always known that her heart is deeply rooted in God, family and music. Because I’m not a listener of “twangy” bluegrass music, I had never watched her perform until I attended Willow Branch’s performance last night at the Carysbrook Performing Arts Center in Fluvanna. It was nothing like I thought it would be...I thoroughly enjoyed every string picked and every tune sung. Willow Branch is as enjoyable to watch as it is to listen. It is obvious that each of the five band members has a love and a joy for making their instruments “talk”. The easy dialogue within the band family as well as with the audience makes the whole performance so cozy and warm; it’s quite mesmerizing…the last set went by so quickly, I wasn’t prepared for their last song. Keep up the great camaraderie; it’s infectious. I will gladly go to another!
Hillary Cocke said: May 5, 2022
Thanks Gayle! We loved it and your music was perfect for our picnic and provided great ambience.
S. Price said: August 10, 2021
Willow Branch is a fine bluegrass band with warm, friendly musicians. They are a real asset to any party or gathering.
Peggy Stephens said: November 28th, 2020
The Willow Branch Bluegrass Band made my birthday celebration on October 31 in Charlottesville simply magical! We danced the night away with friends and family and had so much fun. Not only do these folks know how to play music, they play together so well. The dynamics and sound were perfection, each instrument blending perfectly with the next. The vocals were spot on and it is obvious the band members enjoy playing and performing with each other. If you are considering a bluegrass band for your event, book Willow Branch ASAP. This band's music is the perfect backdrop to make your celebration a memory to last forever.
Michael Payne said: October 15th, 2020
Great music, great people, great time! We will definitely have Willow Branch back to perform for us again.
R.H. said: March 19th, 2019
It was a wonderful evening at Sharon Church! Everyone is so welcoming, the food is yummy, and then we sit back and enjoy Willow Branch. We laugh, cry, clap, rejoice, reflect, then go home so relaxed, happy and content. It is a lot like going to a family reunion. What a delightful way to spend an evening.
J. Ellis said: March 4th, 2018
Great performance at Cabin Fever! Enjoyed the original material and warm harmonies!
Jeanne L. said: May 18th, 2017
I was at the event at UVa on April 29. You guys were fantastic!
Randolph Lucas said: September 14th, 2016
Any church would be blessed to have Willow Branch share wonderful songs from our heritage performed with live vocals and traditional instrumentation.
Jeff and Pat Wray said: July 27th, 2016
Willow Branch performed at our celebration for Jeff's 60th birthday by the James River at Eagle Rock, VA on June 25, 2016. What a great day in the middle of a beautiful country mountain setting with our many friends, family and neighbors, all tapping their feet to the music of Willow Branch. We all grew up on bluegrass and country music and everyone commented on how great Willow Branch performed and how much they enjoyed their music. We look forward to another event so that Willow Branch can entertain us and our "bluegrass lov'in" family, friends and neighbors. "Can't get enough of that bluegrass stuff!"
Chuck Glover said: July 2nd, 2016
Professionals in every sense of the word. Outstanding performance at my Dad's 90th birthday party. My dad grew up on Bill Monroe bluegrass and he was blown away, brought to tears, by Willow Branch's performance. Great talent and keeping old bluegrass alive. And their blending of bluegrass and old country music was stellar. Thanks Willow Branch, for an afternoon that my dad (and all the rest of us) will ever cherish.
Madelyn said: November 9th, 2015
Willow Branch played for our 15th Anniversary event and they were amazing! Their music was perfect for the occasion. I highly recommend Willow Branch!
Gosia said: November 6th, 2015
Willow Branch has recently played a set at the Batten Institute's 15th anniversary celebration at the Darden School of Business. hey totally killed it! A super-talented group of bluegrass musicians!
Joyce Smaragdis said: November 5th, 2015
Willow Branch, your performance at our 15th Anniversary event was nothing short of amazing. Your artistry and professionalism are unmatched. We had stakeholders from all over the country and the world attend, and I can't thank you enough for your immeasurable contributions to the overall success of our evening.
MJ said: November 5th, 2015
Willow Branch was a great addition to the festivities at the celebration of the Batten Institute's 15th Anniversary. Love that music!
Elizabeth Pyle said: November 5th, 2015
What a great performance last night at the 15th Anniversary of the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation! I can't imagine a better band to set the tone for the celebration. My favorite was Wagon Wheel. Music and harmonies were beautiful. And loved the red strings on the bass!
D.M. said: October 28th, 2014
Wow! What a marvelous performance Sunday morning by Willow Branch! LOVE LOVE LOVE the new guy’s voice! AND…LOVED LOVED LOVED the songs. In particular…one of my all-time favs…I’ll Fly Away. Man….that gets you going huh? What talent you all have. And I know God smiles when you share it with others. DM
Slim Jim Ellis said: September 15th, 2014
Had fun this past saturday night, fish, hushpuppies and Willow Branch. Doesn't get much better than that. I really enjoyed the show and it was great seeing you guys again. Some things get better with age and Willow Branch is obviously one of those.
Buddy Woodson said: July 11th, 2014
Dear members of Willow Branch: Buddy, Lois, Dale, Liz, and Emily - all want to say - A JOB WELL DONE! We all so enjoyed the afternoon at Pippin Hill Vineyard and the chance to get a front row seat for most of the afternoon. You guys did a wonderful job and the music was fantastic! We so admire you down through the years as you have tried to balance so many things in order to share your music in so many different settings. Ever count the miles driven, the sleep missed, and the hours practicing and preparing? It shows - you have done well! May God continue to bless each one of you in the coming days. Buddy & Lois
Adele S. Schaefer said: October 22nd, 2013
On behalf of the Fluvanna County Arts Council, I want to thank you for a wonderful performance Saturday night. based upon the smiles on the audience when they left, you all helped brighten up what had been some dreary days. Again, thank you. We all look forward to hearing you again in the future! Adele S. Schaefer President Fluvanna County Arts Council
Lisa said: September 24th, 2013
We were so blessed to have Willow Branch at our Fish Fry this past weekend at Smyrna Baptist Church! Music was terrific and we loved the service men songs intermingled with the Gospel Greats. You "guys" do a fantastic job and Gayle was super easy to work with in getting everything arranged. We hope we can book you again soon!! Keep up the great work.
Larry Sappington said: September 20th, 2013
I had the pleasure of running sound for Willow Branch at the 2013 Orange Street Festival this year. They captivated our crowd with their full, quality sound, song selections, and ability to connect w/ the audience. We were also honored and humbled when they dedicated a song to our soldiers. We wish them much success and look forward to their next appearance in our community. Best regards to the members of Willow Branch.
Hanna Kappes said: September 17th, 2013
Gayle, you guys are so wonderfully amazingly talented. Loved having you all perform at the Orange Street Festival. Thanks for being so wonderful and easy to work with! I love your voice! Blown away..
Gosia said: April 22nd, 2013
Willow Branch is dangerous! Once you hear some of their songs, it's hard to get them out of your head.
Jeanne said: April 21st, 2013
I never miss a chance to see Willow Branch perform. Whether it is in a church, a concert hall, or a park - it is always a rocking good time!
salz said: April 16th, 2013
We always enjoy Willowbranch regardless of whether we see them at Firs Night Virginia, some church in the middle of the back country or at Darden's ILab inauguration. They are always great and always fun.
Joyce said: April 16th, 2013
I can't thank you enough for being a part of our event. Your performance lifted everyone's spirits, created an environment where people could truly celebrate, and I have had COUNTLESS people tell me what a wonderful time they had at the Darden/Tom Tom festival event listening to your music. A heartfelt thank you for such a wonderful evening and performance!
AH said: April 16th, 2013
Your band is FABULOUS! It was so much fun to see you in action at the TomTom festival.
Debbie said: February 5th, 2013
I love the new photos of everyone and Thank You so much for posting your calendar of events... I hope to see and "hear" you very soon!. We love you and your music!
M.J. said: January 7th, 2013
We loved seeing Willow Branch perform at First Night Virginia! It is evident that you guys have a lot of fun and just love what you do. Thanks for letting us know about the show. It was fantastic!
Fletcher Whittington said: January 1st, 2013
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed your performance at First Night Virginia in Charlottesville last night. We had a great time and loved your music. Thanks for a wonderful show. We hope to see you again.
Tanya Bickford said: October 4th, 2012
I have heard NOTHING but praises about your performance at our Fall Festival! We had over 300 people show in the 4 hours. My prayer is that in that 4 hours, someone in that 300 came to know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ thru the music and fellowship. God gets all the GLORY! Thank you ALL so much for sharing your talent that God has given you. I can't wait until next year and I pray that you will once again come back for another show! Thank you again! Together in Christ, Tanya
Ed & Joanne Songer said: March 27th, 2012
We are member of Sharon Church where Willow Branch performed on 3-24-12 for a church benefit. They are awesome. My husband & I always said we didn't like bluegrass but this is not the ole time bluegrass, its great gospel & lots of other types. I could have gotten up and done some square dancing if we weren't in church. Anyone who ever has the chance to hear them should make the effort to see them, Thanks to a wonderful band and we are so lucky to have two members in our church (Robert & Gayle). God bless you all..Ed & Joanne
D.M. said: March 26th, 2012
Willow Branch is AWESOME. Every song y’all played I would say "this is my favorite"...then I realized what I was saying…can't all of them be my favorite :)
Adele Schaefer said: November 22nd, 2011
I wanted to personally say how much I enjoyed your performance on November 12. The blending of voices was beautiful and I was very impressed with Gayle's voice. Thank you for such a professional performance. I look forward to hearing more! Sincerely, Adele Schaefer President Fluvanna Council of the Performing Arts.
Gordon Ragland said: November 14th, 2011
We had the pleasure of hearing Willow Branch again at the Carysbrook Performing Arts Center on November 12th. These outstanding musicians coupled with their wonderful harmonies provided an absolutely stellar evening of superb entertainment.
Kenneth Newell said: November 13th, 2011
Great sounding band. I'm happy for Eric, he is a great musician and song writer. I enjoyed making music with him in Mountain Rhythm. Will be looking for a lot from Willow Branch. God bless you and keep up the great music.
John & Linda Thompson said: November 6th, 2011
What a great event for Willow Branch to be apart of at the Patrick Henry memorial site. I will be looking for it next year and expect it become more and more popular, as everyone I talked to had a good time.We loved your performance Gayle and was nice to meet you. Look forward to seeing you all again. John
Macy Lenox said: September 26th, 2011
Willow Branch played at a school fundraiser for us, and they were such a wonderful addition to the evening. Their music really set the tone for the evening. The band was just a delight, and their bluegrass music was beautiful and so much fun! Thank you!!
L.L. said: September 26th, 2011
Everyone was talking about how much they loved the music. It was one of those times in life where things turned out much finer than I imagined. You MUST see the square dance pictures. The expressions of joy are really wonderful. We might just need to do an annual anniversary celebration.
Myra Trent said: August 18th, 2011
Despite threatening weather, Willow Branch put on a wonderful show July 4th here at Red Hill, Patrick Henry's last home and burial place. They are full of talent that you just can't seem to get enough of! Can't wait to have them back on November 5, 2011 for our Bluegrass, Barbeque and Brew Festival!!
Donna Smith said: August 2nd, 2011
Enjoyed seeing ya'll again at Red Hill on July 4th weekend. You guys are great! Hope to see you soon. Donna
Veronica & Robert said: June 10th, 2011
Thank you for such a wonderful time at Lil John's Memorial Day Music Festival! You are so very talented (yet so incredibly humble)! I especially loved the original songs written by the band members. Can't wait to see you all again! (Signed alias: "Jug Shakers")
Darlene Valido said: June 9th, 2011
I have been blessed to know Doug and also privilege to be able to meet his Wilow Branch band members, not only do they sing from the heart, but they pour out their soul when performing. Thanks for the music!
Tina Hogan said: June 9th, 2011
I just absolutely love you guys! Truly the best band won at Lil' John's. C ya soon!
Fran said: June 2nd, 2011
WOW! What fantastic shows you did at Lil John's Bluegrass Festival the past two week ends! They were both great shows. It was also very nice to chat and visit with everyone, band, families and friends. Weâ??re looking forward to seeing you again soon. Love the new pictures.
Debbie Midkiff said: April 12th, 2011
Willow Branch... I'm counting down until the BAND CONTEST at Snow Camp.. May 21.. at Lil John's Mountain Music Festival. I'll be making some noise!!!!
Liz Steger said: March 24th, 2011
Thanks to Willow Branch for such a great concert last Saturday at Sharon Baptist Church. You are so talented and we were so blessed to have you!
Rita Shippee said: March 24th, 2011
What a great concert at Sharon Baptist Church. We all enjoyed the excitement and the variety of your music. I've heard quite a few favorable comments, so I wanted to let you know how much we appreciated your putting on such a wonderful show for us. We're looking forward to having you again.
Bill Anderson said: November 19th, 2010
As president of the Fluvanna Arts Council I want you to know how pleased we were with your performance last Saturday night at the Carysbrook Performing Arts Center. This is your second year's appearance in a row and based on audience response, it looks like next year will make it three. We will be in touch soon.
Debbie Midkiff said: November 15th, 2010
Just wanted to say how much we enjoyed your performance at the Carysbrook Arts Center on Saturday night! Robert, Gayle, Doug, Eric and Gregg.... you folks turned it ALL ON and WE loved it! My favorite was the "trumpet" section in that "Ring of Fire." Again, Many Thanks for the smiles you left on our faces, Mike and Debbie
Union Grove Baptist Church said: November 15th, 2010
We were blessed to have Willow Branch as part of our Fall Festival and Community Outreach 2010 program. Their music provided a great background to the festivities going on. Their selection of songs were very appealing and performed very well. We look forward to working with them again in the future. God Bless, Jimmy Lewis, Pastor, Union Grove Baptist Church
Cheryl Bergeron said: July 1st, 2010
Hello Willow Branch, Lots of great comments and I hope to hear you in person someday... Wishing you all the best, Cheryl B Great Blue Roots Radio . NET
D said: June 2nd, 2010 12:02 pm
NC loves your music and hopes to see you on Lil John's Mountain Stage...soon!
Ellen Moskowitz said: May 6th, 2010
Willow Branch played for a large group of UVA Law alumni at a BBQ at The Park. Willow Branch was organized and self sufficient and their music was great. Their tunes really helped create an atmosphere of fun and family. I highly recommend them for any function.
Jim Bevins said: April 11th, 2010
It sure was great to jam with Robert, Gayle and Doug last week at the Nobles home in Scottsville. And also treated with a delicious meal. It sure helped make my trip to Va. an enjoyable one! Thanks Robert, Gayle and Doug.
Ann Daeke said: February 6th, 2010
I enjoyed your show at the Ridgeway Opry house and i look forward to seeing you again soon! You all do a wonderful show and it is always a pleasure to have you all at te ridgeway opry house.
Kaye Hill said: November 27th, 2009
When I'm not able to see Willow Branch in person, I love watching the YouTube videos. You folks sure have the enthusiasm for playing good music! I especially enjoy hearing Gayle belt out those songs...she's little but very mighty! Every member of Willow Branch is very, very talented and so nice. Keep pickin'....
Jim Bevins said: November 23rd, 2009
Hi Folks, Great pickin on the youtube videos! Doug especially. I play Mandolin with the Siver Family and I wish I could have made the trip to Va. with them and jam with you Doug,it would have been fun.Maybe next time. Hope to see you someday and pick. I hope you're had a good time with The Siver Family,they're great People aren't they!
The Siver Family said: November 23rd, 2009
Hello Folks, Just wanted to tell you all that we have had the opportunity to jam with Doug McDonald while we are visiting in Lynchburg, Va. He is a wonderful man and a very talented musician. We have jammed with him a couple times and spent some real good times with him. He is a wonderful man, we have had a great time with him on our Virginia Bluegrass Vacation. Oh yeah...we are visiting our oldest daughter too, not that she isn't important, but it sure is close....Bluegrass vs. my daughter....just kidding...we love them both. Hope to meet the rest of you too. The Siver Family Dorothy Jane, Jennifer & Ron Siver http://www.dorothyjanesiver.com
Salz said: November 10th, 2009
Great show Saturday. Wonderful picking as always with Gayle's powerful and rich voice especially on "Across the Great Divide."
Bill Anderson said: November 9th, 2009
Nothing but positive comments from the audience after the show on Saturday night. You all did a great job and we will be focusing on a return visit from you. Again, great show and thanks. Bill
Eeeks mom said: October 4th, 2009
What a wonderful week end, Sep 25 and 26. You all were great! Friday night at the Ridgeway Opry, also Saturday night at Eleazer Music Barn! We enjoyed both shows very much. It was nice talking with you and hope to see you again soon.
James said: September 29th, 2009
What a great performance at the Ridgeway Opry last friday night. I thoroughly enjoyed your show and hope to see you there again in the near future.
Kathy Koziol said: July 29th, 2009
Gayle is awesome! Wonderful voice and great energy! This band is just too good.
Heather Mandich said: July 28th, 2009
Love it! Great band dynamics and vocals, way to go! You now have a new fan!!!!!!
Walton Moseley said: July 13th, 2009
The party was great and everyone loved Willow Branch (lots of compliments). Great seeing and hearing you guys again and I will be sure to tell everyone looking for a top notch bluegrass band to check you guys out.
SALLIE A MOWBRAY said: April 2nd, 2009
Sharon Church program was wonderful as usual! Well worth rearranging my schedule to be with you, although a bit late, I thoroughly enjoyed it as did the crowd. Some would have stayed as long as you were singing and might have easily been there several more hours if necessary! Keep it up - your hard work sure is paying off - or do you call it work?????
Hank Collier said: March 30th, 2009
Outstanding performace at Ridgeway Opry House on March 7, I'm looking forward to when you Guys and Gal can return for an encore.
Robert Kuta said: March 23rd, 2009
I saw a video of Across the Great Divide thru Youtube and you guys are all very VERY good. I loved the singing!!
Delores Evans said: March 21st, 2009
Your performance at Ridgeway Opry House was wonderful. Your music is great and we all look forward to your return. Would love to hear The Griffin Sisters perform. Please advise your schedule. A drive to your performance will be a pleasure.
Henry Neal said: March 16th, 2009
Enjoyed your show at the Ridgeway Opry. Please come again. I have heard very pleasant remarks concerning the band and everyone present really enjoyed the night with you.
Nat White said: March 16th, 2009
Best of luck. Hope to see you soon.
Jimmy White said: March 8th, 2009
Congratulations on 25 yrs in 08. Hope to see you soon.
Kevin Pace said: March 3rd, 2009
I'm good friends with Eric. We played music together with the Mountain Rhythm band. I'm now in the pacific northwest and have just joined a new band myself. I know Eric will be a great addition to your group. Best of luck to you all!
Colleen said: January 20th, 2009
Hi Doug, Thanks for telling me about your band! The music is great! Colleen (@ Mighty Hook in Chicago)
E.R. Brownlee, II said: September 23rd, 2008
Bravo! Bravo! It was a wonderful, wonderful evening. The music was fantastic. You folks did a great job! We really enjoyed doing the Virginia Reel, had a pretty good little group out there, and we had fun. Wonderful job! And, you can really play that bass, and it was fun to listen to. The evening was great. The whole band was fantastic, each and every one! Thanks so much for making a really, really nice night for all of us.
Sarah Splaun said: September 7th, 2008
Willow Branch played for my son's wedding reception and the music was wonderful! They are truly a great traditional bluegrass band. Loved their sound. I engaged them to play because my daughter-in-law had heard them before and really liked them. Everyone at the reception had a great time, and all enjoyed the music of Willow Branch.
Michael Mareska and Tara Powell said: August 3rd, 2008
Willow Branch played for our wedding in mid July. There were a lot of musicians and music lovers present, and even a few bluegrass diehards. Gayle and the boys wowed them all! Everyone had nothing but good things to say about the band. Fun, energetic and professional. Working with them was fun and easy. Willow Branch, thanks for making it a great wedding. =)
Kristen Riggs/The Colonnade Club said: June 23rd, 2008
The Colonnade Club and all of its members (faculty and alumni of UVA) would like to thank you for a wonderful performance at our Family Picnic event. The crowd loves Willow Branch, especially the sing-a-longs! Adults and children alike joined in and will certainly have special memories of the day. Thank you Willow Branch for participating in our family picnic for 22 years in a row!
Lisa & Terry Raum said: June 14th, 2008
Just wanted to drop a thank you note for your performance at our wedding 2 weeks ago. We were VERY satisfied with Willow Branch and received many kudos from guests after the fact that you guys are a great band. I can confidently say that we would hire you again and will highly recommend you to our friends. I really appreciate all the extra effort with the Randy Travis song and your positive demeanor throughout the planning. We will gladly be a reference. Thanks much, Lisa and Terry Raum
Mike Dodd said: May 25th, 2008
Enjoyed the music at Terre and Lisa's wedding. Hope you like the photos.
Tim Shifflett said: May 14th, 2008
Ran across your site while doing some searches on the web. I have never heard your band but definitely plan to. I have known Greg Lam for about 35 years or so. He is truly a diehard bluegrass musician. If I ever met anyone that I felt had bluegrass in their blood and soul it would be Greg. I am so proud to see that he is true to his roots and wish Greg and the rest of Willow Branch a wonderful experience. Greg, I hope you know how many bluegrass seeds you planted while just fooling around playing at school. I look forward to seeing the band play.
Garnett Kennedy said: May 5th, 2008
Thanks for remembering to invite us to the Sharon Church performance. You guys are really great and I really appreciate the professional quality of the band. Oh yeah, the music was great, too.
Sally Harvey Browning said: May 1st, 2008
Congratulations on 25 years together. You are a great band! I am proud to be related to one of the members!!!
Lois Woodson said: March 17th, 2008
It was great to hear you and see you again. I had been playing our CD of "By Requests" and had about worn it out! Then I get to church last Sunday and Gayle's mom announces that there would be a concert at Sharon. We were so glad nothing else came up to keep us from going. It was great and we enjoyed every number! Thanks and God bless you each!
P. Childress said: March 17th, 2008
I enjoyed the music at Sharon Church this past Saturday. You guys did a great job, and what a talented songwriter you have in your midst!!! Thank You.
Buck McClung said: March 4th, 2008
Having been a small part of this band in the past...I can say that it was one of the best groups that I've ever had the honor of pickin' with.
Eddie king said: February 4th, 2008
WOW!!! Congratulations. Hope the next 25 are just as much fun...Eddie King
Harry Bigley said: November 9th, 2007
Everyone really enjoys your presence at the Unison event every year. You all do such a nice job and your whole sound is top quality. You all have the ability to make people who have never heard bluegrass appreciate it. Though no expert myself, I can understand and recognize quality on occasion. A lot of these bands just don't get the rich Willow Branch sound that you guys have mastered. Don't change anything!!
Slim Jim Ellis said: November 7th, 2007
I had a great time at the jam with you guys Saturday night! Always love to hear you guys play. Gayle's voice is the greatest on Doug's song "Grave Without a Name". I love playing it on "The Ole Dominion Jamboree Radio Show" but it isn't the same as hearing it live and in person. Y'all keep up the great work and entertaining the rest of us musically challenged! Y'all have a great Thanksgiving
Nicole said: November 5th, 2007
Willow Branch is the perfect band to make the party fantastic! Thanks so much...you help make this process a breeze.
Jessica Mauzy said: October 17th, 2007
Willow Branch did a fabulous job playing at our wedding last weekend. It was the perfect compliment to a fun and relaxed reception. The music got people out on the floor, doing all sorts of dances, and having a wonderful time. Thanks!!!
Erin Eller said: September 13th, 2007
We thoroughly enjoyed Willow Branch at our Client Appreciation Event. They were punctual, easy to get along with and a real crowd pleaser.
Ellett Snead said: September 8th, 2007
Just wanted to say hi to Robert & Gayle. I know Robert is glad to be back playing banjo again. God's blessings to you all and hope to see you soon. Ellett
Jennifer Keeling said: September 7th, 2007
We really enjoyed having Willow Branch play at our reception. The music was just fantastic and everyone that came was raving about you all. I know that you went through a great deal of trouble to learn two special songs for us to dance to, both of which were flawless and sounded beautiful. I have been recommending Willow Branch to everyone I know that is planning a wedding or any event, we were so pleased. Thank you so much for all your help, we really appreciate everything. Truly, Jennifer and D'Arcy Byrne
Harry Bigley said: September 7th, 2007
You all have done such a wonderful job for us the past two years and could not be easier to work with. We appreciate you working with us the way you have and thank you for your "great brand" of bluegrass. If anyone were to listen to your music and not come away with a true appreciation for the style of music you all play so wonderfully..there would have to be something wrong with them.