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Winter Folk Festival Features Musician John Cohen Feb. 10

012705cohen_dl.jpgBOONE – The Winter Folk Festival Benefit Concert featuring musician John Cohen will take place on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is $10 for nonstudents and $5 for students.

Advance tickets are available by sending a check payable to ASU, to C. Conway, Department of English, Box 32052, Boone, NC 28608-2052.

For additional information, visit www.english.appstate.edu/VisitngScholars.htm or contact the Center for Appalachian Studies at (828) 262-4089. Information is also available by emailing conwayec@appstate.edu, mf59492@appstate.edu, or philburs@yahoo.com.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Appalachian Heritage Council, the Department of English’s research fund and its welfare committee, the Mountain Banjos, African Roots and Influences Exhibit, and the Black Banjo Gathering to be held April 7-10 on campus.

In addition to Cohen, other special guests and performers are Alice Gerrard, Alex Hooker’s Fever City Boys, The Lost Faculties, Low Gap Visitors, Phil Jamison, Round Peak Visitors, and Dave Haney and Lisa Baldwin.

Cohen is one of the original members of the New Lost City Ramblers, whose musical style helped influence the folk music revival of the late 1950s and early 1960s. The group made more than 20 recordings, many of which were nominated for Grammy awards. Cohen’s recent recordings are on the Smithsonian Folkways label and include the compilation “Backroads to Cold Mountain” and “There Is No Eye: Music for Photographs,” which features recordings of musicians photographed by Cohen.

Gerrard is a singer, songwriter, musician and the creator of the Old Time Herald. She has played with Alice and Hazel, with the Harmony Sisters, Mike Seeger and the New Lost City Ramblers.

The Alex Hooker’s Fever City Boys are known for their hard-driving style on fiddle breakdowns. The group includes Hooker on fiddle, Troy McGuire on banjo, Jon Sullivan on mandolin and Bryan Du Varney on guitar.

The Lost Faculties are a long-standing local band comprised of Appalachian faculty members Tom Whyte on banjo and harmonica, Ed Midget on guitar and Bob White on bass.

Members of Low Gap Visitors are Tricia Kilby, Kevin Fore, Benton Flippen and Verlin Clifton will perform from their special repertoire of Appalachian mountain music. Clifton and the late Paul Sutphin, both North Carolina Heritage lifetime award winners, played in the 2002 Winter Folk Festival. The festival is dedicated to the memory of Sutphin, who died in 2003, and of the late Togie Jarrell McGee.

Jamison is a dancer, and banjo and fiddle player.

The Round Peak Visitors include Kirk and Lisa Sutphin on fiddle and guitar who will perform with Jim Lloyd who brings added harmony singing to their music.

The husband and wife duo Dave Haney and Lisa Baldwin feature close harmony singing accompanied by guitar and mandolin. Haney is chairman of Appalachian’s Department of English.

The event is made possible by support from Appalachian’s Humanities Series, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English, Appalachian Heritage Council, APP Films, Blue Ridge Folklore Institute, Hughlene B. Frank Visiting Writers Series, Appalachian Studies and the Center for Appalachian Studies, Hayes School of Music, Reich College of Education, Belk Library, and the departments of anthropology, history, and theatre and dance.

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Picture Caption: Folk musicians Alice Gerrard and John Cohen perform Feb. 10 at the Winter Folk Festival Benefit Concert at Appalachian State University. (Photo courtesy of Christopher Sims/Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University)