Smart bets: Winter’s Tune

Fiddler Roger Howell has recorded 532 traditional fiddle tunes from memory — the growing collection is housed in Mars Hill University’s Southern Appalachian Archives. But that’s not the only way that the local musician’s history is being honored. A documentary about Howell’s role in preserving mountain music in Western North Carolina is being created by Mars Hill College’s Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies. To raise funds, the university hosts Winter’s Tune: Music to Warm an Appalachian Night. The concert, held in Broyhill Chapel on the Mars Hill campus, includes performances by Howell along with Bobby Hicks, Laura Boosinger, Jerry Sutton, Kathryn Parham Brickey, Whitewater Bluegrass, Stoney Creek Boys, Carol Rifkin, George and Brooke Buckner and Rhiannon Ramsey. Friday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. $15 advance/$18 at the door. lunsfordfestival.com. Photo of Howell by Hannah Furgiuele

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Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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  1. This promises to be a wonderful evening of music – please come out and support the making of this documentary about one of our local North Carolina treasures.

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