‘Old Time Music East and West’
Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music will bring to the Blowing
Rock School stage a multicultural celebration, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 7.
The concert, billed as “Old Time Music East and West,” presents three local groups that represent widely diverse traditions. The familiar strains of Appalachian old-time music will be heard, but, in addition, there will be the Old World music rooted in Eastern Europe, as well as local Mexican-American dancers, who wish to preserve traditions of their homeland.
The Sheets Family Band will represent the familiar traditional Appalachian style. Randy Sheets (banjo), Kelly Sheets Snider (fiddle) and Deborah Jean Sheets (guitar), who live in the Bethel community, are celebrated for their close harmony singing and energetic instrumentals.
They enjoy singing Carter Family favorites and playing old-time fiddle tunes, with clawhammer-style banjo. Members of this band have represented the High Country at the National Folk Festival, the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center and numerous festivals in the Appalachian region.
Danza de los Viejitos (Dance of the Little Old Men) is a local troupe engaged in preserving its Mexican heritage. In this special presentation, the traditional dance they will offer mocks how the Spanish conquistadores aged and became decrepit.
The choreography is improvisational and represents man’s eternal fight against death, as the old men dance vigorously to scare off the spirits of death, demonstrating that they are still strong and capable of executing intricate foot stomping.
Bandana Klezmer plays music that originated in the villages and ghettos of Eastern Europe, where itinerant Jewish troubadours performed at joyful events, particularly weddings.
The klezmer sound is similar to that of a big band or jazz. Through the years following the oppression of the Jews in Europe, it was neglected and almost forgotten; however, with the immigration of Jewish people to America, the music has been revived by such bands as Bandana.
This group named itself after its local community, Bandana, which is near Spruce Pine. Band members are Andy John (cello and harmonica), Michael Hunt (Yiddish hammered dulcimer and bass drum with cymbal), Meg Peterson (accordion and vocals), Naomi Dalglish (fiddle and vocals), Rob Levin (guitar, fiddle and vocals) and Marc Rudow (fiddle and vocals).
Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 at the door. Student tickets are $11. Children 12 and younger are admitted free. Advance tickets may be purchased online at http://www.mountainhomemusic.com.
Tickets may also be purchased at Mast General Store (Boone and Valle Crucis), Fred’s 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.
For more information, visit http://www.mountainhomemusic.com, or call host Rodney Sutton at (828) 964-3392.
Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music participates in the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, a function of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. Find other musical experiences in the area on http://www.blueridgemusicnc.com.