Whitesburg KY

Local festival preparing for Kathy Mattea, other guests

Kathy Mattea, Darrell and Wayne Scott, Lee Sexton, and Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys are among the top musical acts scheduled to perform in Whitesburg June 10 through June 14 at Seedtime on the Cumberland 2008.

Also scheduled to appear during the 22nd annual celebration presented by Appalshop are 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, a square dance with caller Randy Wilson, a Youth Bored concert, nature hikes, and craft and food vendors.

While the evening concerts will be ticketed, most of the events are free to the public. Advance discount tickets for $25 are available for admission to both Friday and Saturday evening concerts through June 6. Tickets can be obtained by calling 633- 0108, 1-800-838-3006 or at www.appalshop.org/seedtime/ tickets.html.

Kathy Mattea will appear at the Letcher County Central High School auditorium on Saturday, June 14, with Lee Sexton opening. Mattea’s recently released album, “Coal”, is a collection of songs reflecting her deep roots in Appalachia. The program will commence at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $17 at the door and $15 in advance (through June 6).

Darrell Scott and his father Wayne Scott will headline the Friday, June 13, evening concert on the Appalshop grounds. Tickets will be $16 at the door and $14 in advance (through June 6). 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. Only 160 tickets ($15 each) will be available.

Seedtime on the Cumberland 2008 will also offer free film screenings on Tuesday, June 10, starting at 7 p.m. at the Appalshop, and on Saturday and Saturday afternoons. Instrument contests and Chuck Johnson’s Annual Watermelon Eatin’, Seed Spittin’, and Hollerin’ Contest will take place on Saturday afternoon as well. Storyteller Angie DeBord will perform Saturday afternoon and host a session with the women of the Cowan Community Center in the Appalshop Theater.

Singing on the Mountain will take place on Wednesday night, June 10, at 7 p.m. at the Indian Bottom Old Regular Baptist Church on KY 7 near Blackey.

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