Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music Indoor Summer Concert Series has a great night of Appalachian Mountains inspired music featuring two groups this Saturday night, Aug. 8, at the Harvest House in Boone.
The High Country’s own Mountain Laurels will bring their sweet mountain and Celtic sounds to the stage, sharing the bill with the traditionally-inspired original songs from Asheville-based husband-and-wife duo Zoe and Cloyd.
Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. concert.
The Mountain Laurels are a Celti-lachian band from the High Country of North Carolina. They perform a blend of Americana, Celtic and folk music typical to the roots culture of Western North Carolina. The band members include Louise Keegan, who was born and raised in Limerick, Ireland on flute and whistle. Connie Woolard plays hammered dulcimer and percussion.
Woolard is a founding member of the band and her talent for summoning up the delicate, fluid, percussive, resonance of the hammered dulcimer provides the Mountain Laurels with their signature sound.
Rhonda Lorence plays violin and viola. She is a classically trained but finds fiddlin’ more fun.
Elaine Gray is the bands guitarist. Gray was the co-creator of the all female pop-rock band “The Mix” (1980-1989). Rounding out the group is Suzi Mills on bass and accordion. Mills brings her soulful vocals to Mountina Laurels sound. This summer, the band is celebrating the release of their latest CD – Edge of the Dance.
Natalya Zoe Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller make up the new duo, Zoe and Cloyd. They have been making music together in various arrangements since first meeting in 2005. Many folks in the High Country will know them from their music in their highly acclaimed band, Red June. Zoe and Cloyd’s recently released CD, “Equinox” has been getting lots of air play on Americana radio shows across the US.
Miller is a twelfth generation North Carolina native and the grandson of pioneering bluegrass fiddler and NC Folk Heritage Award winner Jim Shumate. Cloyd’s foundation in traditional bluegrass and old-time Appalachian music coupled with his modern sensibility and award-winning songwriting combine to make him a natural musician and performer. He can sing tenor to just about anyone and is well known for his haunting mountain voice as well as his prowess on mandolin, guitar and clawhammer banjo.
Weinstein also comes from a musical family and is an accomplished fiddler in a variety of styles as well as an inspiring singer and songwriter. While trained classically in her home state of Massachusetts, she has spent many years fine-tuning her bluegrass and old-time fiddling after spending time with some of the top traditional musicians in North Carolina. She is also in high demand as a teacher and session musician.
The Harvest House Performing Arts Venue is located at 247 Boone Heights Dr. in Boone.
Tickets cost $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Student tickets are $10. Children 12 and younger are admitted free. Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.mountainhomemusic.com.
Tickets may also be purchased at Mast General Store (Boone and Valle Crucis), Fred’s Mercantile on Beech Mountain and Pandora’s Mailbox and the Dulcimer Shop, both in the Martin House on Main Street in downtown Blowing Rock.
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