Andrew Forrest "Andy" Boarman was born in 1910 in Berkeley County, and lived his entire life in the apple orchard country of West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle. Best known for his unusual and intricate finger-style banjo playing, Andy also was a fine autoharp player, instrument builder, and instrument repairman. His barbershop in Hedgesville doubled as a music store and instrument repair workshop until the shop closed in 1974. Until his death in 1999, Andy remained active with his music and was a frequent participant at fairs and festivals across the state. Photograph by Michael Keller.


Andy Boarman