‘An Appalachian Christmas’

Article Published: Dec. 5, 2013 | Modified: Dec. 8, 2013
‘An Appalachian Christmas’

The Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys are David Johnson, Scott Freeman, Steve Lewis, Josh Scott and Joe Shannon. Their Dec. 7 concert will feature Edwin Lacy and Cecil Gurganus filling in for Lewis and Scott, respectively.

Photo by Frank Ruggiero

“An Appalachian Christmas,” Mountain Home Music’s annual end-of-the-year concert, will take place Saturday, Dec. 7, at Grace Lutheran Church in downtown Boone.

Featured will be the Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys — David Johnson, Scott Freeman, Edwin Lacy (filling in for Steve Lewis) and Cecil Gurganus (filling in for Josh Scott).

Johnson has twice been named National Studio Musician of the Year in gospel music, and he’s a member of the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame.

Freeman is a former Henderson Festival Mandolin Champion.

Lacy is a highly respected old-time banjo player, and Gurganus has won numerous honors for his fiddling and banjo playing at the Union Grove Fiddler’s Festival.

The Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys opened for Garrison Keillor this past spring when he came to Boone.

Opening “An Appalachian Christmas” will be Strictly Strings, a group of young musicians (on fiddle, banjo and mandolin), who are students of Gurganus. The musicians are Liam Purcell, Willow Dillon, Kathleen and Anissa Burnett and Caleb Coatney. Strictly Strings will play a preshow concert, starting around 7 p.m., and they will also play a set during the show.

“Admission is free for this concert,” said Joe Shannon, founder and host of Mountain Home Music, “but a collection will be taken, and 100 percent of the proceeds will be given to the Hospitality House (Boone’s homeless shelter) and also to Santa’s Toy Box, a group that helps to assure that local children in need will get a gift from Santa.”

Grace Lutheran Church is located at 115 E. King St., at the corner of U.S. 321 and U.S. 421 and across from the Dan’l Boone Inn restaurant, in Boone.

The preshow starts at 7 p.m., and the main show starts at 7:30 p.m.

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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