MHM presents 'A Celtic Christmas'

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Article Published: Nov. 28 | Modified: Dec. 1
MHM presents 'A Celtic Christmas'

Grammy-winning guitarist Al Petteway and harpist Amy White will perform ‘A Celtic Christmas’ Nov. 30 for Mountain Home Music.

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Grammy Award-winning guitarist Al Petteway and harpist Amy White will be featured on Mountain Home Music’s annual presentation of “A Celtic Christmas.”


The concert will take place Saturday, Nov. 30, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, located behind Earth Fare in downtown Boone.

“Well-known throughout the region, Al Petteway and Amy White are better known because of their association with master storyteller Ken Burns of public television (PBS),” said Joe Shannon, founder and host of Mountain Home Music.

Al Petteway and Amy White have provided background music to many of Burns’ documentaries, including “Mark Twain,” “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” “Baseball: The Tenth Inning,” “The Dust Bowl,” and “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.”

They also have 18 albums to their credit. Two of these are devoted to the music of Christmas. “Winter Tidings” features songs, such as “Joy to the World,” “The Holly and the Ivy,” “The Cherry Tree Carol” and many others. “A Scottish Christmas” features such songs as “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” “What Child is This,” “On Christmas Night,” “Auld Lang Syne” and many others.

About the music of Al Petteway and Amy White, Rambles Magazine said, “Moment of truth time: Over the past 15 years or so, I’ve seen Al Petteway play guitar in just about every circumstance you can imagine … but he never really quite came alive, never quite lived up to his full talent until two things happened: He fell in love with Celtic music, and he fell in love with Amy White. Together, they have made several albums of wonderful duets … the results have been consistently brilliant. “

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 170 Councill St. in Boone. Starting time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets 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 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.

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