Meet The Band
"Doc" is our "Mr. Entertainment".  As the band leader and founder of Appalachian Fire he has been the catalyst
for our success.  Doc spent his early day dabbling in all kinds of music, but his heart never left bluegrass. From
the time he met and got on stage with Bill Monroe he was bitten by the bug.  Over the years Doc's "day jobs"
have included being a paramedic, teacher, certified athletic trainer, minister and entrepreneur.  Now he finds
himself busier than ever serving as the athletic trainer for East Henderson High School and supply pastoring for
local Presbyterian churches. He is also co-owner of Hendersonville Sports Medicine, an outpatient PT clinic. In
the midst of all this, he still finds time to write original songs for the band.  Doc is married to Shea who shares
their love of animals working with North State Animal Clinic.  Doc's instrument of choice is a Brazilian Rosewood
Dreadnought Guitar made by Caleb Smith
Dwayne "Doc" Durham      ( Guitar )
Cliff is our "Jack of all trades".  Anywhere there is a need, he'll try to fill in and meet it.  From handling multiple
instruments and vocals to toting sound equipment, driving the van, and managing web sites, he is making it hard
for us to run him off.  Cliff fell in love with the bluegrass gospel sound from the camp meeting style music he
heard in church as a kid.  During his college days he had a bluegrass band, but soon put it on the back burner.  
He spent over 25 years with his wife Lisa (the band's unofficial photographer) raising two children Meredith and
Jared and pursuing a career in teaching and coaching.   Having left the football field in 2007, he now has time to
perform and write some of the original tunes the band sings.  Cliff plays a Weber Bitterroot Mandolin and A
Wechter Scheerhorn Resonator Guitar
Cliff Searcy   ( Mandolin and Dobro )
Tim "Pappy" Francis   ( Banjo )
Jim Fox   ( Bass )
Our bass player, Jim Fox, is a native of Western Pennsylvania and a retired national park ranger.  Since 1990,
Jim has been playing old-time and Celtic music on hammered dulcimer with "The Windjammer Trio" and "Sunny
Side Up."  Jim has played bass with the Asheville-based bluegrass band "Bobby and Blue Ridge Tradition."  Jim
and his partner, Gail Ashburn, play and sing in a variety of musical styles in the Asheville area.  Jim plays an
antique German Bass.
Tim is no stranger to bluegrass music.  Tim grew up in Smyrna, TN, just outside of Nashville.  There was always
a great love of music around his house.   Eventually they formed the Francis Family Band, and Tim began
playing the banjo at the age of 14.  The family played church functions, family get-togethers and local festivals.
They still get together and play as often as possible.  Tim has always loved bluegrass and gospel and was
inspired by such banjo players as John McKuen, Bill Keith, Tony Trishka, Bela' Fleck,  as well as the late Earl
Scruggs, John Hartford, Bobby Thompson and Courtney Johnson.  Tim recently retired as a District Ranger with
the National Park Service on the Blue Ridge Parkway.   Tim enjoys spending time with his wife Teresa, son
Adam, daughter Sara and the joy of his life, grandaughter Abby (the inspiration for one of Tim's new songs ) Tim
plays a Gibson Mastertone set up nicely with the Enterprise bridge and the "comfortable" armrest..  and the  
"Red Dragon" ... a Nechville Meteor,completed April, 2011, by Tom Nechville, Nechville Musical Products.
Pappy's most recent acquisition from Nechville is a Custom Vintage EX completed in the spring of 2014.
Bill McDonald  (Fiddle , Mandolin and Finger style guitar