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Music Events
February 24, 2017

Time:
Admission:

7-8 pm
Donations Appreciated.
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Frank Lee & Allie Burbrink

Frank Lee moved to Bryson City, NC to take a job playing music for the tourists on the Great Smoky Mountain Railway. The Freight Hoppers stringband grew out of this gig. They placed first in the stringband competition at Clifftop, performed on A Prairie Home Companion, and signed with Rounder Records. The Freight Hoppers toured extensively in the U.S., Canada, and Europe; released three albums; and achieved a level of public recognition previously unheard of for a modern Old-Time band.

Frank’s old-time banjo playing can be heard on the three Freight Hopper albums, and he has a banjo instruction video out on Homespun Video. Slide guitar has also become a part of Frank’s concerts. A 1932 National Duolian was added to the arsenal of banjos, along with a love of the oldest recorded blues players from the South, Son House, Willie Brown, and Blind Willie Johnson. Spirituals and blues round out a performance of unique arrangements of Old-Time music from the deep Southeast.

Intrigued by a friend’s clawhammer banjo playing, Allie took her mother's banjo down for a week of lessons at the John C. Campbell Folk School. Her teacher was also an ethnomusicologist, and she loved the new world of old tunes that she had stepped into.

She and her friends formed a group and called themselves The WhipstitchSallies. These “bluegrass rockers with panache” brought an innovative brand of harmony-driven, genre-blending arrangements to traditional songs, covers, and original material.

http://www.frankleeandallieburbrink.com/


March 3, 2017

Time:
Admission:

7:00pm
Donations Appreciated
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble

The Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble was founded in the fall of 1999 to give Berea College students with background or potential in bluegrass music an opportunity to play in a "working" bluegrass band with weekly rehearsals, performances, travel, etc. Members are selected by audition, and typically remain with the group until they graduate from Berea College. Members also earn academic credit for each semester of participation in the group. The band has toured in Ireland and Japan

The ensemble is directed by Al White, formerly a member of the Bluegrass Alliance and the McLain Family Band.


March 17, 2017

Time:
Admission:

7-8pm
Donations Appreciated.
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Jenny & the Hog Drovers

Jenny and the Hog Drovers are an old-time stringband from Asheville, North Carolina that formed at Warren Wilson College as part of the college’s Traditional Music Program. Band members include Maddy Mullany (fiddle), Clarke Williams (fiddle and banjo), Phil Jamison (banjo), Hayden Holbert (guitar), and Landon George (bass). The band’s name comes from the “drovers” who herded hogs to market from the mountains of western North Carolina during the nineteenth century. Warren Wilson College is a Work College – all of the students participate in a work program – and two of the band members work with the pigs on the college’s farm.

The band performs traditional music from the southern Appalachian mountains of the United States. This includes Southern dance tunes (breakdowns as well as waltzes), ballads, and folksongs. Several members of the band also perform traditional flatfooting, a regional form of percussive step dance. In 2016, they won a ribbon (fourth place) in the old-time band contest at the Appalachian Stringband Festival at Clifftop, West Virginia, a prestigious competition that attracts musicians from across the United States.

The band has recently returned from a three-week tour in China, where they collaborated with a group of Chinese musicians from the Yi ethnic group, known as Manhu (fierce tigers). On this cultural exchange, the two groups traveled and performed together in the Yunnan province, Beijing, and Shanghai.

https://www.facebook.com/JennyandtheHogDrovers/?fref=ts&ref=br_tf


March 24, 2017

Time:
Admission:

7-8 pm
Donations Appreciated
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Elftones

The Elftones play a blend of Irish, Scottish, Canadian, old-time American, and original tunes. With just a fiddle and guitar (and some foot percussion), their lively and exciting music often sounds like four or five instruments.They play ballads, airs and bittersweet waltzes as well as intense, high-energy Celtic dance music with a driving beats and everything in between. Using modern rhythms and non-traditional chord progressions in their music, they create a wonderful fusion of styles.

Fiddler Mara Shea has won Scottish fiddle competitions at the Loch Norman Highland Games and Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. Guitarist Roger Golds playing ranges from classical to hard-driving, rhythmic dance music. He likes to "play" with the music; turning waltzes to klezmer, Bach into swing, and becomes even more inventive with some of his own compositions.

http://www.elftones.com


March 31, 2017

Time:
Admission:

7-8 pm
Donations Appreciated
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Wyatt Espalin & Trees Leave

Entertaining audiences in his hometown of Hiawassee, Georgia as early as age eight, Wyatt’s passion for music was obvious, even from the barn room stage built by his grandfather. He and his brother Matt were known as “The Fiddling Brothers.” While Matt hung up his fiddle and bow after high school, Wyatt was just getting started. Armed with a guitar and a desire to write songs, he paired with friends to form the group, Trees Leave. Combining their own twist on traditional bluegrass roots music led to a unique sound. Now with years of touring under their belts and two successful albums, Run (2008) and The Gospel of Hurt (2010).

Wyatt also performers solo and won the New Song Songwriting competition at the acclaimed L.E.A.F. festival in 2014. He also placed as a finalist in the Chris Austin Songwriting competition at Merlefest, the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriting Competition and Eddie’s Attic Open Mic Shootout.

Performing solo or traveling with a revolving set of talented musicians as Trees Leave, Wyatt Espalin has found a way to continue writing and performing these songs that have longed to be free.

http://www.wyattespalinmusic.com


April 14, 2017

Time:
Admission:

7-8 p.m.
Donations Appreciated
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Fletcher Bright & The Dismembered Tennesseans

The Dismembered Tennesseans have appeared on stage with many of the top country music stars and performed in concert with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra and the Chattanooga Boys Choir, and more recently the Chattanooga Ballet. They have appeared on a segment of ABC-TV's Peter Jennings Nightly News and were featured on the NBC Sunday Today Show. Their audiences have been composed of such celebrities as Chuck Yeager, Sam Nunn, Gerald Ford, Jack Kemp, and three Tennessee governors. Easily one of the most popular bands in hometown Chattanooga, they have made their mark singing country music for people who don't particularly like country music.

http://www.dismemberedtennesseans.com/


April 21, 2017

Time:
Admission:

7-8 pm
Donations Appreciated
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Bean Sidhe

Bean Sidhe (pronounced: ban-shee) began as a means for members to explore the connections linking traditional music from England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales with its contemporary American counterparts, especially in the bluegrass, country, and folk genres.

The band currently has four members: David Russell, guitar, banjo, Irish bouzouki, and mandolin; Amanda Burts plays recorder and accordion; Ralph Murphy, who is a classically trained baritone, sings, plays bodhran (Irish drum) and guitar; and rounding out the group is Karin Lyle, a professional musician from Waynesville, plays harp and violin.


May 5, 2017

Time:
Admission:

7-8 pm
Donations Appreciated
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Steve and Penny Kilby

Steve Kilby started playing guitar as a youngster to back up his fiddling grandfather at square dances and house parties in Wilkes County, NC. In the past 30 years he has won numerous ribbons including six championships at Fiddlers Grove and two first place ribbons at the famous Galax, VA Fiddlers Convention. In 1979 he was named North Carolina State Guitar Champion.

Steve will be accompanied by his wife Penny on rhythm guitar.

http://www.kilbymusic.com/

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