heritage music

JAM Kids Performance

Enjoy an hour of old-time mountain tunes performed by a talented group of kids ages 8-15 from Burke County. JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians) musicians are taught by local expert fiddle player, Mary Ervin, utilizing instructional techniques in local traditions that have deep cultural roots in the region. You’re invited take a listen and a look as […]

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TAPS Kids Performance

Enjoy an hour of old-time mountain tunes performed by a talented group of kids ages 8-15 from Mitchell and Yancey counties. The TAPS (Traditional Arts Program for Students) musicians are taught by local expert Suzie Solomon utilizing instructional techniques in local traditions that have deep cultural roots in our community. The program is funded through the

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SouthWind String Band

SouthWind is Suzie and Gary Solomon from Bakersville, NC. Suzie has been playing music most of her life; Gary joined her when they were married 18 years ago. Together they play stringed folk instruments—guitar, banjo, fiddle, lap dulcimer, autoharp, mandolin, bass, piano—and occasionally accordion and harmonica. They have a wide repertoire and can play for

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PIPES ON THE PARKWAY

Come celebrate the Scots-Irish heritage in Western North Carolina at the Orchard’s second annual event. Music will surround the kiosk of our Scots-Irish history that details the “Great Wagon Trail” of the 1700s. And there’ll be dancing, and perhaps a special treat or two. Beginning at noon, the swallows will have to swoop around the

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