Aug. 25, 2014. Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music is revitalizing the traditional Labor Day concert this year with a Folk Music Revival which will feature not only work songs but the traditional “old” folk songs that were actually revived in the sixties. Newer songs that follow in the footsteps of the old and familiar will be included as well.
The show will take place on Sunday, Aug. 31, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Boone. Featured is Laurelyn Dosett, singer/songwriter and one of the most sought-after voices in North Carolina. A master of creative collaboration, she is bringing together a remarkable group of friends to lend their voices to this song-filled evening.
A special treat is that the legendary Alice Gerrard, a collector, folklorist and traditional performer will be part of this celebration. In a career spanning some 40-plus years, she has known, learned from and performed with many of the old-time and bluegrass greats and has in turn earned a worldwide respect for her own important contributions to the music. She is particularly known for her collaboration with Hazel Dickens in the 60s when there were very few women singing bluegrass.
Kari Sickenberger, Dossett’s singing partners from the group Polecat Greek will also join the group. She is a singer/songwriter from Asheville, well known for “singing her heart out.” Dossett remarked, “In the late 90s when Kari and I formed our band, we were greatly influenced by Alice Gerrard. It is an honor to share the Mountain Home Music stage with her.”
DOssett and Sickenberger share an interest in writing music for stage productions and both also regularly teach singing workshops. Scott Manring, one of the most respected multi-instrumentalists in the triad, will provide accompaniment for this exceptional group of singers. He was featured last season in both the Mountain Home Music Labor Day and Banjo Shows.
Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music would like to acknowledge the sponsors for this weeks concert: Dewoolfson Down, The Dulcimer Shop, Merida H. and John H. Steele, Piedmont Federal Savings Bank, Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church, Skyline/Skybest, WETS-895FM and the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 170 Council St. in Boone. Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 at the door. Student tickets are $11. This is indeed a child friendly concert. Children age 12 and under receive free admission. Prices include the new NC state tax.
Advance tickets may be purchased online through the Mountain Home Music website at www.MountainHomeMusic.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the Mast General Store (Boone and Valle Crucis), Fred’s Mercantile on Beech Mountain and at Pandora’s Mailbox and the Dulcimer Shop, both in the Martin House on Main Street in downtown Blowing Rock.