An Appalachian Christmas

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Article Published: Nov. 29, 2012 | Modified: Dec. 2, 2012
An Appalachian Christmas

The Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys are, from left, Steve Lewis, Scott Freeman, David Johnson and Joe Shannon.

Photo by Lonnie Webster



Mountain Home Music celebrates Christmas with guitars, banjos, fiddles, dulcimers and singers.
In other words, it’s “An Appalachian Christmas.”

“Mountain Home Music closes its concert season each year with ‘An Appalachian Christmas,’” said Joe Shannon, founder and host of Mountain Home Music. “It’s a free concert, but a collection is taken, and 100 percent of the proceeds go to the Hospitality House and to Santa’s Toy Box.”

Performing will be The Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys, Mary Greene and The Mountain Laurels.
The Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys feature Steve Lewis, a two-time National Banjo Champion; David Johnson, a member of the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame; Scott Freeman, a Henderson Festival Mandolin Champion; and Josh Scott, who plays bass with the Bluegrass Boys and also with piano man Jeff Little.

Greene is well known throughout the region as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. The Mountain Laurels — Rhonda Lorence, Elaine Gray, Suzie Mills, Connie Woodard, and Lauren Hayworth — are a local band that plays Appalachian and Celtic music.

“We started ‘An Appalachian Christmas’ about 16 years ago as a way to give back to the community,” Shannon said. “The success we’ve had is based on a lot of things, but one essential is the support of the community. Since Mountain Home Music started 19-years ago, we’ve had wonderful support from locals folks, area businesses, schools and churches. We are grateful for this support.”

“An Appalachian Christmas” will take place Saturday, Dec. 1, at Grace Lutheran Church. Starting time is 8 p.m. Grace Lutheran is located at 115 E. King St. in downtown Boone (across from the Dan’l Boone Inn).

For more information, call (828) 964-3392 or visit http://www.mountainhomemusic.com.
The purpose of Mountain Home Music is to honor the music and the musicians of the Appalachian region.

Mountain Home Music is affiliated with the Blue Ridge Music Trails, a project of the North Carolina Arts Council.

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