Welcome to the JSMHM Matinees

Something's Happening in the high country in 2016! That something is Mountain Home Music Matinees. JSMHM is producing these three concerts to reach out to a potential audience of folks who are from off the mountain, who enjoy day bus trips to the High Country for some cooler temps in the summer and Leaf Peeping in the fall.

Tickets for all matinees are $15.00

Old Time Jamboree by the Young for the Young at Heart
Strictly Strings with Rodney Sutton

Tuesday, July 26  - 2:30 PM

Boone's very popular Strictly Strings is much in demand around the high country. These four young musicians learned to play their instruments with master old time musician Cecil Gurganus in the Junior Appalachian Musicians program and they have gone on to great things, thanks to both their enthusiasm and Cecil's dedication and inspiration. 

Their energy and precision is evident to all, especially dancers. Rodney Sutton, founder of the Green Grass Cloggers and host for Mountain Home Music, assures us that he truly loves to dance with this group.

They did a Saturday show last fall with all the Green Grass Cloggers and absolutely brought the house down. This matinee will also feature Rodney with his free style clogging and interesting commentary on the history of the dance as it evolved from Irish and Scottish styles. Charming and full of collective energy, the members of the band are sisters Anissa and Kathleen Burnett, Caleb Coatney, Willow Dillon and their mentor, Cecil Gurganus. 

All members are multi instrumentalists and they effortlessly swap and play all instruments throughout their shows. Over the last few years they have increased their repertoire, adding singing in three part harmony as well as original tunes that they have composed.

Audiences will love their youthful exuberance, friendly stage presence and toe tapping music.


From Across the "Big Pond" to Appalachia: A Musical Journey
Little Windows

Thursday, August 25  - 2:30 PM  

Longtime friends of MHM, Julee and Mark Weems together are known as Little Windows. When asked what the duo will feature for this special event Julee replied, "We've chosen some of our favorites which were often played and sung in cottages and pubs in the British Isles, and then traveled with the hearty settlers who brought their fiddles and their songs across the ocean and down the wagon road through the Shenandoah valley to North Carolina. We will take the audience on a musical journey from the British Isles to Appalachia. We both had singing grandmas, so we'll add a touch of their gospel tunes to the mix." Mark is a multi-instrumentalist, playing banjo, guitar, and dulcimer. Julee, who learned traditional Irish singing during her seven-year stay in Dublin, often sings solo or accompanies the duo on the Irish drum. The two focus on the art of the pure voice with tight harmonies and often sing a cappella. Audiences are captivated by their pure sound. 

Both are teachers of singing and traditional music in the Durham area, and have traveled widely.  Mark has recently published a collection of old American banjo tunes. They just returned from a tour with NPR's Thistle and Shamrock's host Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr, who have written a comprehensive history of the music of Scotland, Ireland and its influence on Appalachian music. Julee and Mark are featured on the recording which goes with this book. 

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  A Musical Potpourri:  Dulcimers, Ukuleles and Vocals  
Lois Hornbostel and Ehukai Teves

Thursday, October 13  - 2:30 PM

LOIS HORNBOSTEL & EHUKAI TEVES - Enthusiastic audiences have described Lois and Ehukai's performances saying, "I've just been to a musical party!" Their award-winning mountain dulcimer playing is combined with ukulele and other stringed instruments and vocals. Their repertoire includes Appalachian music, Celtic, Cajun, Hawaiian and World music presented with authenticity and fun. Both are champion dulcimer players, having won many 1st place awards for mountain dulcimer playing at Southern Appalachian fiddle conventions.

Lois learned traditional dulcimer music from the pioneer mountain families of Watauga County. Early in her career she received a "Kentucky Colonel" Award for her work with the mountain dulcimer. She performed for 2 years at Silver $ City in Branson, MO. Her knowledge of traditional music is represented in 6 her books internationally published by Mel Bay. 

Ehukai is a Hawaiian musician from a family of traditional musicians.  As a teen he was an actor in the Hawaii 5-0 television series. He has entertained for 45 years in bands he has formed in Panama and Hawaii.  He performed in Waikiki nightclub performances with The Beamer Bros.

Recent performances together include The Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby, and the NC the Great Smoky Mountains Tourist Train in Bryson City.

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