Appalshop will host its second annual Old Time String Band Day on October 2. Three bands will lead a day of workshops and jam sessions plus an evening concert and square dance at Appalshop, 91 Madison Avenue, in Whitesburg.
Jim and Ada McCown will join Paul David Smith to headline the event. Founding members of the Outdoor Plumbing Company, the McCowns have been mainstays of the bluegrass and old-time scene for decades. Paul Smith has built a reputation as perhaps the best old-time fiddler in the region.
Based in Morehead, The Clack Mountain String Band blends instrumentals with vocals and can switch effortlessly between old-time and honky-tonk.
Rounding out the program and officially hosting the event is Whitesburgbased Rich and the Po’ Folk. Their music blends dance tunes with ballads, mining songs, and hardscrabble songs from the region’s past.
On Old Time String band day, band members will lead workshops in fiddle, banjo, guitar, dance calling, and singing. Jam sessions and a ballad swap will round out the day. In the evening, all three bands will appear in concert. The event will conclude with a square dance called by Julie Shepherd-Powell.
Old Time String Band Day is part of the Alltech Fortnight Festival, a series of events across Kentucky mounted to coincide with the World Equestrian Games in Lexington. All events are free and open to the public.
For more information, visit www.appalshop.org, or call Appalshop at (606) 633-0108.