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Mountain Music School Stringband Featured at Heartwood

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Mountain Music School StringbandAbingdon, VA -- The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail presents a Youth Music Performance Series concert on Thursday, October 10th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway in Abingdon, Virginia. The concert will feature the Mountain Music School Stringband. Mountain Empire Community College has long been one of the region’s leading institutions in preserving and promoting traditional mountain arts, crafts, and music. It was nine years ago that their effort to celebrate Old Time music was kicked into high gear with the summer program, Mountain Music School.

The week-long program has grown with each passing year and the 2013 school had over one hundred twenty students with classes in guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, autoharp, dulcimer, and stringband. At the end of camp, intermediate students are selected to perform across the region to carry out the mission of the school. This year’s band includes students, Beth Miller, Maggie Gatley, Jordan Bowen, and Luke Rhoten.

The Crooked Road Music Series features youth music performers, as well as showcasing venues of the Crooked Road region. These events along with open jams on the 1st, 3rd, (and 5th) Thursday of every month are hosted at Heartwood. A complete schedule for the music series is available on The Crooked Road website at www.thecrookedroad.org or at www.heartwoodvirginia.org. The music series is sponsored by The Crooked Road, Heartwood, Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway is located off I-81 at Exit 14 in Abingdon, Virginia and features food, music, and craft of Southwest Virginia. Admission to the concert is free and donations will be accepted for The Crooked Road Traditional Music Education Program (TMEP). For more information on The Crooked Road Music Series call (276) 492-2409 or email: info@thecrookedroad.org.

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