Article Published: Aug. 9, 2012 | Modified: Aug. 12, 2012
When Ken Burns, the well-known PBS television producer, created “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” he went looking for the right music to match the beautiful scenery.
He found a lot of the music he was looking for in Fairview, N.C. He found harpist/pianist Amy White and Grammy Award-winning guitarist Al Petteway.
Mountain Home Music found them, too.
This Saturday night, Aug. 11, White and Petteway will make their first appearance on Mountain Home Music. The concert, entitled “Celtic Winds,” will take place at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium. Starting time is 8 p.m.
The repertoire of Amy White and Al Petteway includes original, traditional, contemporary Celtic- and Appalachian-influenced music with occasional nods to rock and jazz. Their performances feature acoustic guitar, mandolin, Celtic harp, piano, banjo, lap dulcimer, percussion and vocals.
Before moving to Fairview, which is near Asheville, White and Petteway lived in the Washington, D.C., area. While there, they won 50 Wammie Awards from the Washington Area Music Association.
In addition, they were awarded five separate grants from the Maryland State Arts Council for both music composition and instrumental performance. They also won an Indie from The Association for Independent Music, and Petteway won a Grammy from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Mike Joyce of Washington Post described their music as “…vivid musical portraits…” and “an ode to natural wonders.”
Matt Watroba of Sing Out Magazine said it’s the relationship between the performers that makes their music work so well.
Tickets for “Celtic Winds” are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Student tickets cost $10, and children’s tickets are $5.
Tickets may be purchased at Mast General Store (Boone and Valle Crucis), Fred’s Mercantile on Beech Mountain, Kudzu Music (formerly Rydell’s) 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.