Whitesburg KY

Annual Seedtime festival underway

Kathy Mattea will headline with June 14 concert at Letcher Central

Tuesday marked the start of Seedtime on the Cumberland 2008, the 22nd annual celebration presented by Appalshop, which will continue through June 14. Headlining musical acts include Kathy Mattea, Darrell and Wayne Scott, and Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys. Also scheduled to appear are Jim & Ada McCown with Paul Smith, Lee Sexton, Kentucky Wild Horse, Brett Ratliff and the Clack Mountain String Band, Rich and the Po’ Folks, Music of Coal, and the Cowan Creek Pick and Bow All-Stars.

Seedtime will additionally offer film screenings, picking contests, gallery exhibits, Singing on the Mountain at Indian Bottom, literary readings featuring Gurney Norman, a square dance with caller Randy Wilson, a residency by the Fossil Fools Collective, a Youth Bored concert, international exchange activities, nature hikes, and craft and food vendors.

While the evening concerts will be ticketed, most of the events are free to the public. Twenty-five dollar advance discount tickets for admission to both Friday and Saturday evening concerts will be available at the Appalshop through June 12.

Film screenings and international exchange activities will happen on Saturday and Saturday afternoons in the Appalshop Theater. Appalshop is hosting 15 Indonesian media artists through June 21. The Indonesian artists will be working with Appalshop filmmakers and Appalachian Media Institute (AMI) interns to create and exhibit film and audio. The exchange members will present work for festival audiences.

Instrument picking contests and Chuck Johnson’s Annual Watermelon Eatin’, Seed Spittin’, and Hollerin’ Contest will take place on Saturday afternoon as well. Storyteller Angelyn DeBord will perform Saturday afternoon, as will The Cowan Women who will present an original play, “It’s About Time,” in the Appalshop Theater.

Kathy Mattea will appear at the Letcher County Central High School Auditorium on Saturday, June 14, with Jim & Ada McCown with Paul Smith and Lee Sexton opening. Mattea’s recently released album, “Coal,” is a collection of songs reflecting her roots in Appalachia. The program will commence at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $17 at the door, by calling (800)838-3006, or at www.appalshop.org/ seedtime/tickets.html.

Darrell Scott and his father, Wayne Scott, will headline the Friday, June 13, evening concert on the Appalshop grounds. Tickets will be $16. Also appearing Friday, starting at 7 p.m. will be Music of Coal (featuring Ron Short and Molly Slemp) and Kentucky Wild Horse.

Jesse McReynolds & the Virginia Boys from the Grand Ole Opry will appear in the Appalshop Theater on Thursday night, June 12, at 7 p.m. for WMMT’s “Bluegrass Express Live”. Only 160 tickets ($15 each) will be available.

Appalshop’s Roadside Theater will host Singing on the Mountain on Wednesday night, June 10, at 7 p.m. at the Indian Bottom Old Regular Baptist Church on KY 7 near Blackey.

Volunteers are needed for Saturday at Seedtime on the Cumberland. Those interested in volunteering can contact Mark Kidd at Appalshop at (606) 633- 0108 or mark@appalshop.org.

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