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Article Published: Oct. 20, 2011 | Modified: Oct. 22, 2011
Classical and Celtic

The Forget-Me-Nots, from left, Willa Finck, Maura Shawn Scanlin and Ledah Finck, are still in their teens but bring more than 30 years of collective experience playing and performing in the High Country.

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“Celtic and Classical Music” will be featured on Mountain Home Music’s final concert of the fall season, featuring the Forget-Me-Nots and Joe Shannon.

The concert takes place Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium in downtown Blowing Rock. Starting time is 8 p.m.

The Forget-Me-Nots are well known across the High Country. Since 2002, with their instruments in tow, Ledah Finck, Maura Shawn Scanlin, Willa Finck and David Finck have performed at innumerable festivals, fairs, weddings and community concerts, including frequent appearances on Mountain Home Music.

They have also been featured at MerleFest and the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.

As symphony musicians, the classical violin is the primary instrument of Ledah Finck, Maura Shawn Scanlin and Willa Finck. But in the spirit of the Blue Ridge Mountains, they also play ancient Celtic airs, jigs, reels, waltzes and old-time fiddle tunes.

On their latest CD, “blooming,” the Forget-Me-Nots song list includes many original tunes. About “blooming,” music reviewer Ashley Wilson from The Mountain Times said the CD includes “…an astounding amount of talent.”

This past summer, the Forget-Me-Nots teamed with Mountain Home Music host Joe Shannon for an outdoor concert on Beech Mountain. Similarly, a segment of this Saturday’s show will feature the Forget-Me-Nots and Joe Shannon (concertina and harmonica) on some traditional Celtic melodies.

Shannon has two CDs, “Warmlight” and “A Full Moon on Freshly Fallen Snow,” and last year he was inducted into the Blue Ridge National Heritage Artist Directory.

Tickets for “Celtic & Classical” are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Student tickets are $10, and children’s tickets cost $5.

Tickets may be purchased at the Mast Store (Boone and Valle Crucis), Fred’s Mercantile on Beech Mountain, Rydell Music Center 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 at 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.

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