Smart bets: A Swannanoa Solstice

Now in its 13th year, A Swannanoa Solstice calls upon accomplished artists to “share holiday songs old and new, religious and secular, joyful and poignant, in an intimate winter concert,” in addition to storytelling and poetry, according to an event release. Grammy-winner Al Petteway and his musical partner (and wife) Amy White play Celtic- and Appalachian-inspired tunes and world music, employing acoustic guitar, mandolin, Celtic harp, Irish bouzouki, vocals and percussive instruments from various cultures. Meanwhile, Robin Bullock calls upon the guitar, mandolin and cittern for his performance. Special guests include the multitalented Davit Holt, flatfoot dancers Phil Jameson and Ellis Grace, Highland bagpiper E.J. Jones and event host Doug Orr. The annual event is at Diana Wortham Theatre Sunday, Dec. 20, at 2 and 7 p.m. $45 with student discounts available. dwtheatre.com. Photo by Sandra Stambaugh

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About Kat McReynolds
Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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