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Music Events
November 16, 2017

Time:
Admission:

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


Geoff Hohwald & Rick Taylor

Geoff Hohwald has been playing banjo for over 40 years. He has played with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra, the Alliance Theatre Orchestra, and has been with the Greater Atlanta Bluegrass Band for the last 18 years. He is known in the bluegrass world for authoring five banjo instruction books and DVD's through Watch & Learn Inc.,

Rick Taylor has been performing with various bands, singing and playing banjo, guitar, and mandolin for the past 30 years. As a session player, Rick has played on recordings by Bob Dylan and the Black Crowes. He has been featured in three productions of "Cotton Patch Gospel" and most recently in Woody Guthrie's "American Song" at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta.


December 1, 2017

Time:
Admission:

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


Gangspil

Sonnich Lydom (accordion, harmonica) and Kristian Bugge (fiddle) will guarantee you an entertaining and variated journey through the traditions of Danish folk music. These lively musicians performs old dance tunes and songs from every corner of their Scandinavian home country. From rural islands like Læsø to the metropol Copenhagen, including a few of their own compositions.

An unforgettable live experience spiced up with humor and stories from their many years on the road. They perform and have performed with some of the most exciting and well-know musicians from the Danish and Nordic folk scene.

http://www.trad.dk


December 8, 2017

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 5, 2018

Time:
Admission:

7-8 pm
Free Admission. Donations Appreciated
Location:  Festival Barn


Pressley Sisters

The Pressley Sisters were born and raised in Brasstown, North Carolina. They are an authentic Appalachian duet that focus on tight harmony and lyrical meaning. Admiring traditional folk musicians, the Louvin Brothers, and classic country singers from the 40s and 50s, they hope to bring transcendent genuine music to the world.

Corie Pressley plays the guitar and mandolin while singing harmony with her sister, Katie, who plays the fiddle while singing lead.

http://www.blindpigandtheacorn.com


January 12, 2018

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 19, 2018

Time:
Admission:

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


Guy George

Guy George, from Cleveland, Ohio, is a rhythmic, melodic hammered dulcimer player with a definite jazz influence to his playing style. Guy comes from a background in jazz and performance on the saxophone, having studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston; honing his skills playing with many jazz influenced musicians in the Boston and New York area. He has settled outside Cleveland, Ohio and presently plays hammered dulcimer, tenor, alto and soprano saxophones, flute, steel drum and keyboard.

Guy and Sherrie tour throughout the United States and write and produce instructional books for hammered dulcimer, steel drum, pennywhistle, and other instruments. They also travel as instructors for these instruments and perform at various venues around the country. They have one CD they have produced together, "Dream Castle."

http://www.guygeorge.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

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