MHM announces holiday lineup
The holiday season in the High Country ushers in Christmas lights and banners, flakes of snow, family get-togethers, football, turkey and finding the perfect Christmas tree.
This year, for lovers of things elegant and old, add, A Mountain Home Music, Celtic Christmas.
Each year, Mountain Home Music produces two special Christmas concerts.
This year, the first one will be on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, and will feature Celtic Christmas songs performed by Puddingstone, a group that features harp, hammer dulcimer, piano, guitar and flute.
The second Christmas concert will be on Dec. 4 and will feature Steve Lewis and Scott Freeman, the Mountain Home Brass Ensemble and Southern Accent.
Puddingstone has been a Mountain Home Music staple since 1994. Based in Caldwell County, their music reflects the Celtic heritage of this region. And elegance is their forte.
"Puddingstone is like a small orchestra," said Joe Shannon, host of Mountain Home Music. "The harp, piano, flute and dulcimer sing collectively of wind and waves and heartache and healing; it's poignant and beautiful."
The Puddingstone concert, Celtic Christmas, will take place at the Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock.
The Meadowbrook Inn is offering a special preconcert meal, which will be served from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Mountain Home Music and the Meadowbrook Inn are offering a special "combo" ticket that includes the meal and the concert for $28. Tickets for the concert only are $15 in advance or $18 at the door.
Tickets may be purchased at the Mast Store (Valle Crucis and Boone), Rydell Music Center (Boone), Fred's Mercantile (Beech Mountain) and at Pandora's Mailbox and the Dulcimer Shop (in Blowing Rock).
The Dec. 4 concert, An Appalachian Christmas, will be at Grace Lutheran Church in downtown Boone. This annual community concert is free, but a collection is taken, and 100 percent of the proceeds go to the Santa's Toy Box (to make sure Santa stops at every house in Watauga County) and to the Hospitality House of Boone.
This week, Mountain Home Music is coming out with its first, in-concert CD. The CD, Getting Started, features The Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys (Steve Lewis, Scott Freeman, David Johnson, Josh Scott), Wayne Henderson, Jeff Little, Strictly Clean & Decent, and Joe Shannon.
For more information about the concerts or the CD, visit http://www.mountainhomemusic.com or call (828) 964-3392.
Mountain Home Music is affiliated with the Blue Ridge Music Trails, a project of the North Carolina Arts Council.