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October concerts with Mountain Home Music

Article Published: Oct. 6, 2011 | Modified: Oct. 22, 2011
October concerts with Mountain Home Music

Jeff Little will perform Oct. 8 at Mountain Home Music.

Photo by Frank Ruggiero

October in the mountains means beautiful leaves, a cool breeze, warm apple cider, fall festivals and Mountain Home Music.

For 18 years—with banjos and fiddles, ballads and stories—Mountain Home Music has been a part of the High Country’s annual seasonal celebration.

This year Mountain Home Music is producing three special October concerts.

On Saturday, Oct. 8, Jeff Little, “The Piano Man of the Blue Ridge,” takes the stage. Little grew up in Boone, where he was exposed daily to bluegrass and old-time fiddle tunes. But his instrument of choice was the piano, so he started his musical career as a rare species: a bluegrass piano player
Little turned professional right out of high school, toured the world and then, for a while, settled in as a Nashville studio musician.

The more music he played, the more styles he learned: country, blues, jazz and Jerry Lee Lewis, rock-a-billy. After the stint in Nashville, he moved to Greensboro to set up shop as a studio administrator and performer.

He continues to keep a full-time performing schedule.

Mountain Home Music mainstays Steve Lewis and Josh Scott will join Little for this concert.
About Little, National Public Radio said, “Jeff Little is a remarkable musician, steeped in the tradition of his native Blue Ridge, yet also a virtuosic and eclectic innovator.”

And The Boston Globe said, “He is tricky and playful, yet always intelligent and richly melodic.”
On Saturday, Oct. 15, three world-class banjo players will take the stage for “Banjo Jubilee.”

Steve Lewis is a two-time National Banjo champion, Edwin Lacy is a master of the old-time clawhammer banjo, and Butch Robbins played banjo with “The father of Bluegrass,” Bill Monroe.

“These three have combined their talents before,” said Joe Shannon, founder and host of Mountain Home Music. “They have performed to sold-out audiences on the Fiddle and Plow Concert Series, which is a part of Virginia’s heritage trail, The Crooked Road.”

On Saturday, Oct. 22, The Forget-Me-Nots will present Celtic and classical music.

The Forget-Me-Nots , Willa Finck, Maura Shawn Scanlin and Ledah Finck, started fiddling in preschool and, presently, each occupies the “first chair” of a different symphony. Their forte is Celtic music — airs and reels and jigs. But they also love Brahms, Bach and Beethoven.

On their latest CD, “blooming,” their love of Celtic and classical music found expression in original compositions. David Finck accompanies the Forget-Me-Nots on guitar.

The Mountain Home Music October concerts will be at the Blowing Rock School auditorium. Starting time is 8 p.m. Tickets for each concert are $15 in advance and $18 at the door, for an adult. Student tickets are $10 and a child’s ticket is $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, 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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