Swannanoa Gathering announces 2014 summer concerts

From a press release:

Swannanoa Gathering announces 2014 summer concerts

• Traditional Song Week Concert I – Monday, July 7
• Traditional Song Week Concert II – Wednesday, July 9
• Old-Time Week Concert I – Monday, July 21
• Old-Time Week Concert II – Wednesday, July 23
• Fiddle/Mando & Banjo Weeks Concert I – Monday, August 4
• Fiddle/Mando & Banjo Weeks Concert II – Tuesday, August 5
• Fiddle/Mando & Banjo Weeks Concert III – Wednesday, August 6

The campus of Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa serves as the home for the college’s program in continuing education, the Swannanoa Gathering, a series of week-long summer workshops in the folk arts, which draws students from as far away as Japan, Australia, France and Hong Kong to take classes in everything from fiddle to clogging to storytelling. Some of our programs feature public concerts by staff members in the College’s Kittredge Theatre.

All shows begin at 7:30 pm in the college’s Kittredge Theatre. Tickets are $20 per concert (during Old- Time Week, ticket price includes dances following concerts). Children under 12 are $10. Limited tickets are available in Asheville at Malaprops Bookstore, in Black Mountain at Song of the Wood, and at the Warren Wilson College bookstore. For concert info, call 771-3761; for credit card sales of concert tickets call 771-3024 (college bookstore).

Traditional Song Week’s Concert I on Monday, July 7, features Ranger Doug of the Grammy- winning Riders in the Sky, Irish singer and storyteller, Len Graham, the Grand Ole Opry’s Tim May, National Heritage Award winner Sheila Kay Adams, blues historian Rev. Robert Jones, folk balladeer Matt Watroba, week coordinator Julee Glaub Weems, Mark Weems, and local musician and Warren Wilson College president emeritus Doug Orr with his wife, Darcy.

Traditional Song Week’s Concert II on Wednesday, July 9, will features folk legend Peter Yarrow of the iconic 60’s group Peter, Paul & Mary, Scottish singer & songwriter Brian McNeill, ballad singer Elizabeth LaPrelle, Irish guitarist and vocalist Dáithí Sproule, noted Madison Co. musician Josh Goforth, and Grand Ole Opry regulars Brian and Nicole Christianson.

Old-Time Week Concert I, Monday, July 21 is the first of two concerts featuring some of the best old- time musicians around, many of whom are familiar faces around western NC. The first concert features the great fiddlers John Hoffmann and Gerry Milnes, singer and storyteller Sheila Kay Adams, the New Southern Ramblers, Wayne Erbsen, Mac Benford, John Hollandsworth, dancer Thomas Maupin, accompanied by his grandson Daniel Rockwell, Don Pedi, and dancer Rodney Sutton.

Old-Time Concert II, on Wednesday, July 23 will feature legendary singer Alice Gerrard, fiddlers Rayna Gellert, and Eddie Bond, Josh Ellis, Ron Pen, Anna Roberts-Gevalt, Ellie Grace, Joseph Decosimo, singers Elizabeth LaPrelle and Carol Elizabeth Jones, Paul Kovac, Jeff Keith and Kevin Kehrberg.

Fiddle/Mando & Banjo Weeks Concert I on Monday, August 4 is the first of three concerts combining the staffs of Fiddle Week with our newest program, Mando & Banjo Week, featuring some of the world’s finest mandolin and banjo players. The first show will cover a variety of ethnic traditions, including the wide-ranging music of mandolin virtuoso Mike Marshall, “New Acoustic” fiddler Darol Anger, Celtic music from Irish fiddlers Liz Knowles and Jeremy Kittel, guitar/mandolinist David Surette, Canadian fiddler Anne Lederman; classical music from mandolinist Caterina Lichtenberg, Mexican fiddling by Juan Rivera, klezmer fiddler Lisa Gutkin, and the innovative music of mandolinist Matt Flinner.

The Fiddle/Mando & Banjo Weeks Concert II on Tuesday, August 5 features a mix of old-time, blues and Cajun styles with Beausoleil’s Grammy-winning fiddler Michael Doucet, the dazzling and eclectic mandolinist Joe Craven, fiddler Barbara Lamb, Old-time stalwarts Bruce Molsky, Natalya Weinstein, Michael Ismerio, Bob Carlin, Adam Tanner, Kevin Kehrberg, banjoist Steve Baughman and Fiddle Week Coordinator Julia Weatherford.

The series concludes on Wednesday, August 6, when Fiddle/Mando & Banjo Weeks Concert II will highlight an extraordinary lineup of great players from the world of bluegrass, swing and adventurous new music, featuring bluegrass mandolinists John Reischman and Emory Lester, Riders in the Sky’s cowboy fiddler Woody Paul, banjo innovators Tony Trischka and Ned Luberecki, swing greats Don Stiernberg, Andy Stein and Tony Marcus, Country Gazette banjoist Alan Munde, ‘clawgrass’ banjo innovator Mark Johnson, and bluegrass guitarist Ed Dodson.

The Swannanoa Gathering Folk Arts Workshops run from July 6-August 9, 2014, at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, just east of Asheville, NC. Tuition is $500 per week. Housing and meals are available for $395 per week. Registration for each week is limited. For more information on the workshops and a free catalog, call or write: The Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College, PO Box 9000, Asheville, NC 28815-9000 (828) 298-3434, or 771-3761, or visit the Gathering’s website.

About Alli Marshall
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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