Old Time String Band Day at Appalshop in Whitesburg on Saturday (October 27) will give students the chance to learn the art of Appalachian string band music through instrumental and string band workshops. The full day event offers beginning to advanced workshops in old time banjo, fiddle, guitar, bass fiddle and singing, a concert, string band workshop and ballad swap.
Morning workshops begin at 9 a.m., and include beginning, intermediate and advanced workshops in banjo, fiddle, guitar and bass fiddle. Intermediate and advanced guitar workshops will also provide some instruction on singing. At noon, the workshops will conclude for lunch, followed by a faculty concert at 1p.m. The concert, which will be held in the Appalshop theater and broadcast live on WMMT-FM, is open to the public for an admission of $5. The Clack Mountain String Band will lead a string band workshop from 3 to 4 p.m., and there will be a ballad swap, led by Rich Kirby and Brett Ratliff, beginning at 4:30. The workshop event will be followed by the Third Annual Masquerade Ball, with a dance workshop at 7 and the ball beginning at 8.
Instructors include members of the Clack Mountain String Band, a young old-time band from Morehead that features Jesse Wells on fiddle, Brett Ratliff on banjo and vocals, Karly Higgins on guitar and vocals, and J.T. Cure on bass. In the past two years, these young musicians have been featured performers and instructors at the Old Town School of Folk, Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Kentucky Folklife Festival and Cowan Creek Mountain Music School. Other instructors include Randy Wilson, Julie Shepherd, Sarah Pirkle, Adrian Powell, Roy Tackett and Jeff Barbra. For full course descriptions and faculty bios, please visit www.appalshop.org/traditional/ calendar.htm.
Morning workshops, including lunch, afternoon concert admission and string band workshop is $35 for adults, $25 for youth. The string Band workshop only is $15. Pre-registration for workshops is advised. Tickets for the Masquerade Ball begin at $15. more information, call Suzanne Savell at (606) 633-0108, email email@example.com or visit www.appalshop.org.