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Appalshop tapes of bluegrass legends, Mountain Community Television to air



The Appalshop Archive will hold a free screening of vintage videotaped performances by Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs, the Goins Brothers, and other bluegrass music legends, along with other highlights from Appalshop’s Mountain Community Television Collection (circa 1973–1978). The presentation will take place at the VA–KY Opry from noon to 2 p.m., June 10.

Mountain Community TV was a cable access project that focused on local people and issues in and around Wise County, Va. The shows aired on Channel 12 at 7 p.m. on weeknights, and presented discussions of news issues, high school play performances, portraits of regional craftspeople, laborers and traditional musicians, sporting events, and performances at local bluegrass events such as the Ralph Stanley Memorial Festival, the Shriners Bluegrass Festival, and the Dock Boggs Memorial Festival.

The black-and-white videotapes of these programs were recently preserved by the Appalshop Archive and transferred to new viewing copies. As part of this year’s annual Seedtime on the Cumberland Festival, highlights will be shown in the community where the programs were created and broadcast. In addition to the archival footage of performances by bluegrass music legends, also showing will be excerpts from Dynamite!, a variety show written and performed by students from John I. Burton High School; George Thompson: Street Cleaner, a snapshot of a Norton city employee with a gift for music; and other documentary selections.

The VA–KY OPRY is located at 724 Park Avenue NW in Norton, Va. The screening begins at noon and will be followed by a discussion. This event is free and open to the public. Participants are invited to share stories about Mountain Community Television as well as contribute any videotapes of MCTV programming.

For more information, contact Robert (rsalyer@ appalshop.org) or Caroline (crubens@appalshop. org) at Appalshop at 606- 633-0108 or contact the Virginia-Kentucky OPRY at 276-679-1901. For the full schedule of Seedtime on the Cumberland Festival 2010, visit www.appalshop.org/ seedtime.


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