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Music Events
December 9, 2016

Time:
Admission:

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


Brasstown Ringers Holiday Concert

Brasstown Ringers, the community handbell group of western North Carolina and north Georgia continues to challenge its ringers and its audiences with new and exciting music, as well as old favorites.

The concert's repertoire is full of fancy bell-ringing techniques that thrilled audiences every time.

Brasstown Ringers are a group of 14 from northern Georgia and western North Carolina. They will be joined by guest artists Josanna Sherman on flute and Cody Killian on piano. Pat Meinecke is their director.

https://www.facebook.com/brasstownringers


January 6, 2017

Time:
Admission:

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


Rob, Angela & Brandon Song Swap Concert

Rob Tiger has won numerous songwriting competitions including the Georgia Music Showcase and Nashville’s prestigious BMI Songwriters’ Showcase. Along with his band, Irons In the Fire, he has opened for the likes of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Shawn Mullins, B.J. Thomas, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Janie Fricke.

Angela Easterling lives with her partner and their two young sons on the South Carolina farm that has been in her family since 1791. She is a three-time Kerrville New Folk Finalist, a Telluride Troubadour Finalist and a two-time Wildflower Performing Songwriter Finalist. The Boston Herald named her song “The Picture” “Best Political Country Song” in their Year’s best music. Her most recent release, 2015’s “Common Law Wife”, went all the way to number 1 on the Roots Music Report Americana Country Airplay Chart, and remained in the top 5 on that chart for nearly 2 months.

Native of the small town of Pacolet, South Carolina, Brandon Turner has been garnering attention and praise for his skilled guitar work since he was a teenager. Growing up in a house where his father always had instruments lying around, Brandon got his first electric guitar at age 9 and began absorbing the musical traditions of the Piedmont and Delta Blues, as well as studying the styles of guitar legends such as Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Jeff Beck. By age 11 he was playing in open jams hosted by his instructors, Gene and Wes Wyatt, and could always hold his own with pickers many years his senior. In his later teens, Brandon began playing with SC music treasures such as Fayssoux McLean (Emmylou Harris’ harmony singer) and Freddie Vanderford (Piedmont Blues Harp Master) and continues to appear regularly with both artists. Brandon recently co-produced Vanderford’s first solo album, "Greasy Greens".

http://angelaeasterling.com/


January 13, 2017

Time:
Admission:

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


Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones Concert

Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones are old-time musicians and inspired tunesmiths. They are married – in life and music. When they play, their instruments and voices blend like two forks of the same river. Southern song-duets and soaring fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo tunes comprise their diverse concert sets. They play with ease, spontaneity and vitality. While rooted in the traditional sounds of older players, this duo stays true to their own muse. Carl’s honest songs can make your heart ache. Erynn’s spirited fiddling can enthrall. Together Carl & Erynn’s expressive, musical meanderings can transport the soul.

http://dittyville.com/


January 20, 2017

Time:
Admission:

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


Riley Baugus

Riley Baugus represents the best of old time American banjo and song. His powerful singing voice and his expert musicianship place him squarely in the next generation of the quality American roots tradition.

Riley first came to music through his family. His father had left his roots in the mountains of North Carolina in the search for work, settling near Winston-Salem and bringing with him a love of old time music and a record collection that included, amongst others, the works of fellow North Carolinian Doc Watson, which touched the young Riley on a molecular level.

One fateful day, Riley got a call from longtime friend and collaborator Dirk Powell. Dirk was involved in the music direction for the Academy Award-winning film "Cold Mountain" and had convinced the producers that they needed Civil War era banjos made in the Carolina hills, specifically Riley’s handmade banjos. They also needed an authentic acapella ballad singer for the voice of Pangle, played by Ethan Suplee. Riley put the hammer down on the anvil and didn’t look back. A whirlwind Hollywood experience ensued, culminating in a place on the star studded "Great High Mountain" tour.

http://www.rileybaugus.com/


January 26, 2017

Time:
Admission:

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


Karen Mueller Concert

Special THURSDAY night concert!

Karen Mueller's exciting and innovative performing style, featuring Appalachian, Celtic and contemporary music, has been applauded by critics and audiences from LA to Boston. Bluegrass Unlimited magazine has said "Karen Mueller's touch, timing and taste make her a true virtuoso. Her talent and clarity ... deserve a wide audience." Karen won the 1986 International Autoharp Championship and was a National Dulcimer finalist in 1985, both at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS. In 2006 she was inducted into the Autoharp Hall of Fame. A native of Winfield, she first attended the festival while in high school and was inspired to learn to play the autoharp and dulcimer by the performers she saw there.

http://www.karenmueller.com


February 3, 2017

Time:
Admission:

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


Sara Grey Concert

Sara grew up in New Hampshire but has lived in Scotland and England for 46 years. As a youngster in North Carolina she first heard a lot of mountain music and her love for the old time banjo music and songs developed from this experience. She has carried this interest into her adult life studying folklore and collecting and performing music from the various areas in which she has lived. Before she moved to Scotland, Sara was part of "The Golden Ring" with people like Ed Trickett and Gordon Bok. They were a well-known group of singers interested in traditional song.

Now, after many years of singing and playing her banjo in public, Sara's repertoire is as fresh and relevant as ever. She has been concentrating for the last several years on tracing the migration for songs from the British Isles to North America. Sara lives for her music and works at her trade with the result that her music is not only technically excellent but also filled with her warmth and spirit.

www.saragrey.net


February 10, 2017

Time:
Admission:

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


Jim Lloyd


Born in the coalfields of Southwest Virginia, Jim Lloyd now makes his home in Rural Retreat, Virginia where he operates Lloyd's Barber Shop, a local gathering spot for collecting and trading tunes, stories, and songs. His musical roots extend back through at least four generations of fiddlers, guitar players, dancers, and singers from the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia. Jim is known especially for his skills on guitar and banjo. He has won prizes for many years in both guitar and banjo competitions at notable fiddler's conventions such as Galax and Fiddler's Grove. He has performed at many regional shows, as well as West Virginia's Mountain Stage, Seedtime on the Cumberland (Appalshop), the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance, and the Minnesota Old-Time and Bluegrass Festival. He has two solo recording projects and has performed on numerous recordings by other musicians.

http://www.blueridgeautoharps.com/jim_lloyd.htm


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.

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