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Music Events
January 19, 2018

Time:
Admission:

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


David Liden & Martha Owen

Brasstown locals and long-time participants in goings on at the Folk School, Martha Owen and her husband David Liden have been telling stories and playing traditional music together for over 35 years. They raised children who knew that if the house was burning down the first things to save were dad's Martin guitar and mom's handmade banjo. After years of leaving instruments "accidentally" laying around each child, now grown, have picked up instruments.

They love cowboy songs, silly songs and old-time tunes. They accompany their close harmonies with claw hammer style banjo, guitar, fiddle and jaw harp. They are even known to tell a story or two!

Martha and David perform at schools, for regional contra/square dances, weddings and other events. They are members of local dance band The Dog Branch Cats, the Brasstown Morris dance groups and run Yarn Circle, a fiber arts supply store in Peachtree, NC.


January 25, 2018

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 2, 2018

Time:
Admission:

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


Aaron Olwell

Aaron Olwell has been playing music for more than half of his life. Fiddler’s conventions, trips to the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheiol, house parties, and square dances take up much of his time. He makes wooden flutes in the Olwell Flute Shop his father founded almost 30 years ago. He recorded the underground CD sensation Light & Hitch, one of the few bands to sell out a first pressing of albums without playing any gigs. Most recently Aaron has focused on the more humorous side of music, including pump-organs, chocolate flutes, clarinet duets, and the double slide whistle. He has been on Staff at the Augusta Heritage Center's workshops in Elkins, WV and he won first place in fiddle at the 2014 Appalachian Stringband Festival (aka Clifftop). He also plays clarinet in Boxcar Speakeasy, a roots jazz band.


February 9, 2018

Time:
Admission:

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


Zoe & Cloyd

Zoe & Cloyd spring from deep roots in American music. Founding members of the acclaimed Americana trio, Red June, and long-time veterans of the Asheville, NC music scene, Natalya Zoe Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller released their second full-length album, Eyes Brand New, in spring of 2017. Highlighting their emotive songwriting and signature harmonies, this new recording finds the duo returning to a full band sound with Kevin Kehrberg on bass, and special appearances from Will Straughan of Red June on dobro and Jens Kruger of the Kruger Brothers on banjo.

Zoe & Cloyd’s debut recording, Equinox (2015), met with high acclaim and the pair have continued to gain momentum with a 1st place win at the prestigious FreshGrass Festival Duo Contest along with performances at MerleFest, Music City Roots and more.

http://www.zoeandcloyd.com


February 23, 2018

Time:
Admission:

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


Sarah Morgan

The music of Sarah Morgan embodies her respect and joy of folk music and her creative approach to arranging. Backing traditional Appalachian melodies and haunting old time tunes with fresh harmonies and a progressive drive, she lends a new feel to seemingly "old" tunes, while accompanying pure and heartfelt vocals with the unpretentious sound of the Appalachian dulcimer. Folk, Americana, and Old-Time roots are brought to the forefront at live shows, where only Sarah and her dulcimer can be found behind the microphone, creating a subtle yet powerful sound that brings the relevant music of the past to todays audience.

Sarah Morgan started her musical journey at 7 years old and has fallen in love with traditional and folk music through the years. A native of East Tennessee, Sarah has incorporated the rich musical heritage of the area into her music. At 18, Sarah placed 1st at the 2012 National Mountain Dulcimer Championships held in Winfield, KS. A year later she went on to become a finalist in the 2013 International Acoustic Music Awards. She has also won other titles, including Mid-Eastern Region Mountain Dulcimer Champion, Kentucky State Mountain Dulcimer Champion, and Southern Region Mountain Dulcimer Champion. She currently studying Traditional Music and Appalachian Studies at Morehead State University.

http://sarahmorganmusic.com


March 2, 2018

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


March 16, 2018

Time:
Admission:

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


Berea College Folk-Roots Ensemble

The Berea College Folk-Roots Ensemble takes Appalachian music in its various guises as its touchstone, and branches out into other kinds of traditional, roots, and folk music from there.

The group has chalked up some pretty impressive credits in its five years of existence. We generally perform seven times each semester, on and off campus. We've played with the Chieftains at the EKU Performing Arts Center, opened for Vince Gill in the same venue, toured the Southern Appalachians four times, recorded our own album ("Saturday Night, Sunday Morning") and performed on the national CBS television broadcast "Listen: A Celebration of Christmas at Berea College."

We are diving into ballads from Olive and Sharp’s "English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians" just now in honor of the centennial of its publication, in preparation for the colleges Celebration of Traditional Music.

https://www.facebook.com/bereafolkroots/


March 23, 2018

Time:
Admission:

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


David Kaynor

David Kaynor hails from western Massachusetts which is considered one of the epicenters of traditional contra dance and music. As a fiddler, band leader, teacher and caller, David has had considerable influence on the growing popularity of contra dancing and contra dance music around the country. His Greenfield Dance Band plays for the popular contra dances at the Guiding Star Grange in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Another of Kaynors interests is the traditional fiddle music of Sweden, where he has visited many times.

http://www.davidkaynor.com/


March 30, 2018

Time:
Admission:

7pm
Donations Appreciated
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Tina & Her Pony

Collins and Jordan are classically trained musicians who first toured together as part of five piece band, Over Under Yonder. Collins composed most of the songs that appear on their album, Journey Onward, as she thru-hiked from Maine to Georgia on the Appalachian Trail in 2006.

When Over Under Yonder finished touring in 2010, Collins and Jordan, recognizing an obvious synergy, split off as Tina & Her Pony. The duo spent the next two years writing and performing new music together in Taos, New Mexico, the place where Tina & Her Pony forged their signature sound of delicate, haunting harmony and exposed instrumentation on cello, tenor ukulele, and acoustic guitar.

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Collins grew up listening to folk legends like Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, and Nick Drake, as well as Appalachian musicians such as Loretta Lynn, The Carter family, and Doc Watson. Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and raised in Tampa FL by her Guatemalan single mother, Jordan spent her young life salsa dancing at family parties and singing hymns in her church choir. She started her classical training at the age of 8 and began writing music at 14 years old, largely influenced by Russian Romantic Composers and artists such as Radiohead, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash.

http://tinaandherpony.com


April 5, 2018

Time:
Admission:

* SPECIAL THURSDAY NIGHT CONCERT*

7pm
Donations Appreciated
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Andy Cohen


*SPECIAL THURSDAY NIGHT CONCERT*

Andy Cohen grew up in a house with a piano and a lot of Dixieland Jazz records, amplified after a while by a cornet that his dad got him. At about fifteen, he got bitten by the Folk Music bug, and soon got to hear records by Big Bill Broonzy and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, both of which reminded him of the music he grew up to. At sixteen, he saw Reverend Gary Davis, and his course was set. He knew he had it in him to follow, study, perform and promote the music of the southeast quadrant, America’s great musical fountainhead. Although he’s done other things, a certain amount of writing and physical labor from dishwashing and railroading to archeology, playing the old tunes is what he does best.

http://www.andycohenmusic.com


April 13, 2018

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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