Whitesburg KY

Youth will peform old-time music at benefit concert here

The Letcher County Passing the Pick and Bow Program will present its spring concert and fundraiser at the Appalshop Theater in downtown Whitesburg at 7 p.m. on May 20. The Passing the Pick and Bow program puts traditional mountain music into the hands of students young and old in southeast Kentucky. The performance will feature students from Martha Jane Potter, Letcher and Fleming-Neon elementary schools and Whitesburg Middle School. Performers will also come from Letcher County homeschooled groups.

The concert will serve as a fund- raiser for the program.

“We are proud of the positive impact this program has had on students, their families, and communities,” said Rich Kirby, director of Appalshop’s Traditional Music Program.

“We feel that music is a skill that will enrich the lives of all who partake, while helping instill a great sense of pride in the area.”

The Passing the Pick and Bow program charges a minimal fee and provides instruments for students who can’t afford their own.

“With your help we can continue to provide this rich musical education for years to come,” said Kirby. “Admission is free, but a donation of five or more dollars will be greatly appreciated. So gather your family and friends for a night of good old- fashioned music performed by the students and faculty of the Letcher County Passing the Pick and Bow Program.”

For information, contact John Haywood, director of the Letcher County Passing the Pick and Bow Program, at 606 791-1751 orledgey@hotmail.com, or contact Kirby at 606 633-0108 or rkirby@appalshop.org.

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