Autumn at Mountain Home Music
Encircled by the golden hues of autumn, Mountain Home Music
will open its fall edition of celebrating Appalachian music this Saturday, Sept. 28.
Other autumn concerts will follow on consecutive Saturdays until Oct. 19.
The first concert, “Banjo Jubilee,” on Sept. 28, will feature two-time National Bluegrass Banjo Champion Steve Lewis, David Johnson, a member of the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame, and old-time banjo masters Edwin Lacy and Scott Manring.
Second in the fall series, on Oct. 5, will be “The Voice of Time & Seasons,” featuring Jeanne Jolly and the Jeanne Jolly Band.
Jolly grew up singing country music in her native North Carolina. She sang and studied opera at the New England Conservatory, and she toured and sang jazz with Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti.
Still young and on the road, Jolly blends her past and present to create her own sound, in her own voice, “The Voice of Time & Seasons.”
About Jolly, Southport magazine said, “Jolly’s tone is exceptionally warm and clear…the gift of many years’ diligence…”
Third in the series, on Oct. 12, will be “I Know Banjo Joe and Mandolin Mike,” featuring Joe Newberry and Mike Compton.
“Well, you may know them,” said Joe Shannon, founder and host of Mountain Home Music. “You may know Joe from his numerous appearances on Garrison Keillor’s ‘A Prairie Home Companion,’ from his banjo playing with Mike Craver, Jim Hicks and Bill Watson — the original Red Clay Ramblers — or from his singing, songwriting and tours. You may know Mike as a Grammy-winning mandolin player, from his days of playing with John Hartford, or from his appearances on the soundtracks of ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ and ‘Cold Mountain.’”
The final concert of the fall series, on Oct. 19, will be “North Carolina Balladeer,” featuring Sheila K. Adams.
“Sheila K. Adams makes connections — through songs, stories and … songs that tell stories,” Shannon said.
As a seventh generation ballad singer, Adams sings songs of English, Irish and Scottish origins.
“As a musician, she’s a first-class banjo player and vocalist, and as a writer, she’s won the Brown-Hudson Award and the Clark Cox Award from the N.C. Society of Historians,” Shannon said.
Life magazine praised “Come Go Home with Me,” a semi-autobiographical collection of short stories by Adams, as “pure mountain magic.”
The opening concert on Sept. 28, “Banjo Jubilee,” will take place at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, which is located at 170 Councill St. (behind Earth Fare) in downtown Boone. The October concerts will take place at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium, located on Sunset Drive in downtown Blowing Rock.
Tickets for each concert are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Student tickets are $10, and children’s tickets cost $5. Tickets may be purchased at Mast General Store (Boone and Valle Crucis), Fred’s General Mercantile on Beech Mountain, Kudzu Music in Boone and at Pandora’s Mailbox and the Dulcimer Shop, both in the Martin House on Main Street in downtown Blowing Rock.
Tickets may also be purchased online though the Mountain Home Music website, http://www.mountainhomemusic.com. For more information, visit the website or call (828) 964-3392.
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.