Fall 2019 Schedule
Appalachian Song Circle, Sunday Morning Sept. 8th
Earthsong Rising Weekend, September 5th thru 8th
Presentation: An Introduction to Southern Hollering Traditions
2:00 to 3:15pm, Saturday, September 21st
Black Mountain Public Library, 105 N. Dougherty St., Free admission
One of the oldest forms of human communication, versions of hollering are found in cultures around the world. From Scandinavia to Nigeria, people have used hollers to communicate across long distances, herd animals, and express their emotions. In the United States, rural, agricultural communities made use of hollers for hundreds of years. In this presentation Ms. Lynch-Thomason will discuss hollering traditions from the North Carolina Piedmont as well as the Deep South. She’ll holler some samples of cow-calling, calling for water, distress calls, and a variety of expressive hollers- and get the audience involved as well!
Presentation: The Folklore of Appalachian Ballads
3:30-4:45pm, Tuesday, September 24th
The Ramsey Center at Mars Hill College, Free Admission
In this presentation, Ms. Lynch-Thomason will explore the folklore embedded in several Appalachian ballads…Ms. Lynch-Thomason will sing several ballads and discuss what they can tell modern listeners about animal lore, magic lore, and spiritual beliefs that date back to the middle-ages and even pre-Christian Europe.
More details here on the event’s facebook page.
Presentation: Mountain Haunts and Hollers
6:30pm, Tuesday, October 8th
Swannanoa Public Library, 101 West Charleston Avenue, Free Admission
In this Halloween-themed program, ballad singer Saro Lynch-Thomason will share Appalachian songs and folklore of ghosts, death, magic, and mystery. Appalachians have long enjoyed tales and songs about the return of the dead, enchanted animals, and magic-wielding women. In this presentation, Ms. Lynch-Thomason will sing songs on these themes and explore their folkloric origins in European mythology and lore. Appropriate for ages 10 and up.
Emigre Celtic Band Performance
6:30pm to 8:30pm, Saturday, October 12th
Jocassee Valley Brewing Company, Salem, SC
Hey! Did you know I have a Celtic band? I sure do! While most of you probably won’t come to SC to see us, we really want to play more gigs in Asheville, especially looking towards 2020, so let me know if you can recommend a good venue for us (Festivals? Weddings? Brewing companies?).
Presentation: Music of the North Carolina Textile Mills
2:00-3:00pm, Monday, October 21st
Ramsey Center at Mars Hill, Free Admission
In this presentation, Saro Lynch-Thomason will present and discuss the music produced by textile mill workers in the heyday of North Carolina’s textile industry….Ms. Lynch-Thomason will play music recordings and sing ballads produced by mill musicians and talk about how these works reflect the themes of their working lives. Special focus will be given to union organizing music and songs from the 1920s and ’30s.
Late November/Early December- Wassailing Chorus!
This will include at least 3 rehearsals. More details to come!