Appalachian Master Artist Series Kicks Off with Riley Baugus
Renowned banjo player Riley Baugus will spend the week of October 14-18 celebrating old-time music at the Folk School and several locations in Cherokee County. Riley will be teaching the Folk School Junior Appalachian Musicians' program and will visit and perform at elementary schools in Murphy, Martins Creek, Hayesville, and Peachtree. He will appear in concert at the Folk School on Monday (Oct 14) and on Thursday (Oct 17) at Murphy Public Library. He will also perform at the Tuesday night contra dance at the Folk School (Oct 15). All events are free and open to the public.
Monday, October 14, 7-8 p.m.
Folk School Concert
Keith House Community Room
Tuesday, October 15, 7-8 p.m.
Folk School Contra & Square Dance 7-8 p.m.
Old-time music jam follows
Thursday, October 17, 7-8 p.m.
Concert at Murphy Library
Riley first discovered traditional music through his family and an early exposure to church and ballad singing. Now he is a much sought-after banjo player, maker, and instructor. Riley was the a cappella singing voice of Pangle in the film "Cold Mountain," followed by participation in the Great High Mountain tour. He has performed or recorded with the likes of Tim O'Brien, Dirk Powell, Alison Krauss, and Willie Nelson, and teaches workshops both nationally and abroad.
About the Appalachian Master Artist Series
As part of a grant-funded initiative to preserve and promote traditional Appalachian craft, music and dance, the Folk School will be hosting four master artists for a week of demonstrations and performances celebrating their craft. During each week, we will offer free activities and opportunities for our students and local community to learn from and share with these visiting artists. The schedule for the complete series will be posted in late October. Sign up for our Local eNews and follow us on Facebook for updates.