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Music Events
March 27, 2015


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

Heidi Holton

When you think of the blues - real blues - you think of the Delta, and names like Lightning Hopkins, Robert Johnson and the Reverend Gary Davis… grizzled old men with hands like a pair of ancient snakeskin boots, bent from trials only they could know.

What you don’t think of, what you don’t expect, is a woman named Heidi from Murphy, NC. Heidi Holton is turning heads with her unique take on one of America’s oldest popular musical traditions. At once authentic and yet utterly new, her take on blues standards such as Baby Please Don’t Go and Statesboro Blues are, simply put, great.


April 3, 2015


Free Admission.
Donations welcome!
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.

April 10, 2015


7:00-8:00 pm
Free Admission. Donations welcome!
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

The Wilson Family

The Wilson Family from Brasstown has been singing as a group for about nine years. Jimmy Wilson grew up around traditional gospel music, listening to his father and uncle, The Wilson Brothers, winners of a North Carolina Heritage Award. Jimmy sings lead and harmony and plays guitar. His wife, Karen Wilson sings lead and harmony and plays bass. Their daughters Jessica and Anna both sing lead and harmony while playing mandolin and guitar respectively. Bill Pruitt from Robbinsville, NC plays the banjo and brings years of experience playing bluegrass music, including a stint with Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys.

April 17, 2015


7:00 p.m.
Free Admission.
Donations welcome!
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Mountain Fling

Mountain Fling is a four-piece band based in Southwest Virginia that plays traditional old-time material but delves into the recent past for variety. They sing and play autoharp, guitar, banjo, hammered dulcimer, harmonica and bass. John Hollandsworth from Christiansburg, Virginia has played autoharp since childhood and has won many awards for his playing including "Best All-Around Performer" at the famous Galax Fiddlers' Convention. His wife Kathie sings and plays hammered dulcimer and bass. Jim Lloyd of Rural Retreat, Virginia plays guitar and banjo. Raised in the coal fields of Virginia and West Virginia, Jim sponsors a weekly jam session in his barber shop. Ed Ogle of Roanoke plays harmonica and guitar. His award-winning harmonica playing features both slow, lyrical melodies and fast dance tunes.

April 24, 2015


7:00 p.m.
Free Admission.
Donations welcome!
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.


April 30, 2015


7:00-8:00 pm
Admission free. Donations welcome!
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Brasstown Ringers Concert

Special THURSDAY Night Concert!

In keeping with the Brasstown Ringers’ philosophy that “handbells are not just for Christmas,” this spring’s concert will feature some a nice variety of pieces in honor of the celebration of spring.

The group of ringers includes Bruce Brunner, Sarah Brunner, Shelia Gregory, Liza Lawrence, Henry Meinecke, Dianne Schickedantz, Mark Schickedantz, Mary Simmons, Linda Sterrett, Travis Vaughn, and Glenda Wattenbarger, Maggie Crider, Lorie Meservey, and Laura Mowe and Steve Holcomb. Pat Meinecke as the director.

May 8, 2015


7:00 pm
Free Admission: Donations Welcome!
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Blue Eyed Girl

Blue Eyed Girl is a dynamic group of three young women whose roots are deep in traditional music and dance. Their high-energy dance numbers, sweet Appalachian vocal arrangements, and old-time rhythmic flair draw from the music passed down to them from their families.

Pearl Mueller grew up in Black Mountain, NC, soaking up traditional Appalachian music and dance from her two fiddling parents. She picked up a tiny violin at age 5, and since then has fiddled her way through hundreds of foot-stomping contra dances and folk concerts.

Laurel Willoughby grew up right along side Pearl in Black Mountain, NC with musical parents as well. Laurel and Pearl started singing old-style harmonies together at a very young age which has resulted in a wonderfully seasoned sound now that they are grown. She plays stand-up bass and is known for her versions of old favorites like “Your Cheatin’ Heart.”

Annie Fain Barralon was raised in Cherokee County, NC, where as a small child she often fell asleep under the piano at the John C. Campbell Folk School while her parents played for square dances. She is the new Music & Dance Coordinator for the Folk School and teaches banjo and book arts workshops.



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