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September 06, 2010


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Sounds like a great time, Tipper.
I would have loved to have been there. I'll bet Pap had a great time, too.
I got to see a local bluegrass band a couple of weeks ago. I was in Heaven. It's not real popular around here. Or I'm just not in the know. But I really loved listening to them.

You make me want to start a radio program for musicians and poets. Wish I could find a station that was open.

Love it! I also wish I had a plot to plant a garden each year, but I am afraid I might get lost in its beauty and not write down my words, or be too busy and leave it to the bugs, dry sun, or a hard rain.

Now that sure sounds like some down home entertainment like it was all the time years ago. Thanks for sharing.

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Hi Tipper, From the looks of your comments, you are finding out alot of places where the Appalachian Music is performed... I hope you will compile it all --and give us a list with dates, etc...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time in Dahlonega. Glad you found out about 2 new groups...


Great post, Tipper! Over here in Marshall, the county seat of Madison County, there's jamming every Thursday night at Zuma(often with Bluegrass great Bobby Hicks)and a lineup of local bands and dancing every Friday night at The Depot.

Traditional music in Cyprus mainly consists of what we call "tsiatista" (rhyme songs). This is actually a musical competition between two contestants - usually men. The first one begins to sing a song he has just made up and the other one must improvise on the spot and on the same theme by providing the appropriate rhyme. I'm planning a post on that! It's fun to watch as the loser is the one who is unable to improvise! This often results into a...musical conversation.

Anastasia-the music scene in your area sounds great-makes me wish I could come for a visit : )

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Enjoyable post, Tipper. Very enjoyable. Thank you for your support of our mountain music heritage. This month, we'll be traveling to the Tennessee Fall Homecoming at John Rice Irwin's Museum of Appalachia and to Bristol's Rhythm and Roots Reunion. I hope someday we can get to Dahlonega and I'm happy that you and Pap got to go.

Always a treat to step back in time and listen to a little music here.



Can never get enough of this music! Soothing to the soul!

I am very jealous of all the wonderful music you have around you!

These mountains are just full of
singers and musicians. Mostly just
musicians, some can't sing a lick.
But you can talk to folks and learn that a lot of 'em can play
things you didn't even know about.
Mike McLean is right, the best old
timey tunes are heard right on a
neighbor's front porch. And I'm glad to got to share the special
times with dad, he probably knew
a bunch of 'em at the Dahlonega
venue. Thanks for doing all the leg work for us...Ken

tipper:while we wait for our next trip to the smokies. we travel around the northwest,takeing in the shows . check out if you will the washington bluegrass association festivals page. most of these perfomers are transplants from tenn, n.c.,and other southern states or are 2nd growth as myself,love your writting. friend k.o.h

First of all, I'd like to thank you for this very informative post. I keep learning from you a lot about your wonderful Appalachia heritage. In Cyprus, traditional music is often played in festivals such as the Flood Festival in Larnaca (in June) or the Wine Festival in Limassol (in September), and on Easter Day. There are also many other festivals all over the island - especially in the summer - aiming at keeping our musical tradition alive. Traditional music is also played at private parties, weddings and christenings.

thanks for all those great links!

Staci-check out this website: http://www.ngatops.com they showcase events that happen in the North GA mountains.

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I'm traveling to North Georgia next weekend without a specific destination. Do you know of any events I should check out?

Coming up... The Museum of Appalachias 2010 Tennessee Homecoming Oct 8 thru Oct 10...
It is featuring no less that 93 musicians, this year as well as...cloggers and buckdancers...(My dad loved to buck dance)I haven't been to the homecoming in a while, (illness)...but have been there on several occasions since the beginning of the museum ...There is always traditional mountain music and also everyday that it is open thru the year..
John Rice Irwin wrote the book.. A People and Their Music..and one of the features of the museum is old time displays of instruments, handmade etc...and people playing, singing and dancing..It is well worth a trip to East Tennessee to see the past and how authentic mountain music played an important part in the everyday life and struggle of the Applachian people..and their ability to survive everyday with the happiness of their music...
The Museum has a wonderful website...and there were several local places around our area where folks gather to pick and grin and dance...a lot are never advertised just folks gathering to enjoy playing...

tipper. i really want to visit the appalachia area this fall. never have been there. want to hear the music live.

Looks like I have added a place to go on my list for when I move back to the mountains. I think that some of the best music that happens there, however, occurs on a friend or family member's front porch on Sunday afternoon. Usually no audience, but this is a great training ground for mountain musicians.

The good news is that there are all sorts of opportunities to get together and jam all over the country.

There's a radio station in Hyde Park, NY - the last privately owned and operated station in the Hudson Valley - WHVW -950AM that plays 'oldies'. One of their DJ's, Darwin Lee, has a program on Sundays that showcases 'hillbilly' music. It's a real step back in time! Here's a little feature about the station - scroll down to read about Darwin Lee.

I always look forward to visiting this blog, Tipper. It makes me proud to live in a country that clelbrates its roots and heritage. We don't have places to hear traditional music (not sure what it would be), but and glad to know your neck of the woods does.

We have Mountain Music about 15 minutes from Black Mountain. It's just down the Mountain in Old Fort. This is in North Carolina. It's open every Friday Night year round with lots of good country and blue grass music. It's been a few years since I went but I recall that you have to come early to get a seat because the building is packed!
Like Dahlogena it's all volunteer. And at Old Fort the music is even free.

Sounds like you had a fun time. So glad traditional music is being kept alive in parts of the country. There's alot of talent out there just waiting to be heard.

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