Upcoming Events


 Sunday Jun 11th 2017       3pm
The Rebecca Boone Story
$10 in advance / $12 at the door
Tuesday Jun 13th 2017       
Irish Jam Session 6:30pm
Open Mic 8:45pm
Wednesday Jun 14th 2017       7:30pm
The Asheville Art Trio (Jazz)
$10 in advance / $12 at the door
Thursday Jun 15th 2017       7:30pm
The Dameler Duo plus Duo Vela
$10 in advance / $12 at the door
Friday Jun 16th 2017       8:00pm
Chikomo Marimba
$10 in advance / $12 at the door
Saturday  Jun 17th 2017       8pm
with Chris Rosser and Nitin Phatak
$12 in advance / $15 at the door
Monday Jun 19th 2017       7pm
Jay Brown and Chuck Brodsky

Tuesday Jun 20th 2017       

Irish Jam Session 6:30pm
Open Mic 8:45pm

Wednesday Jun 21st 2017       7:30pm
Bill Bares Jazz
$10 in advance / $12 at the door

Saturday  Jun 24th 2017       8pm
The Belfast Boys
$10 in advance / $12 at the door
Tuesday Jun 27th 2017       

Irish Jam Session 6:30pm
Open Mic 8:45pm
Wednesday Jun 28th 2017       7:30pm
Up Jumped Three (Jazz)
$10 in advance / $12 at the door

Thursday Jun 29th 2017       7:30pm
Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Seranaders
$12 in advance / $15 at the door
Friday Jun 30th 2017       
Film: A Great American Tapestry: The Many Strands of Mountain Music
Saturday Jul 1st 2017       78pm
David LaMotte
$15 in advance / $18 at the door



Theatre: LOVE MAKES A HOME: The Life of Rebecca Boone on Sunday June 11th 2017at 3pm

$10 in advance
$12 at the door

Love Makes a Home: The Life of Rebecca Boone
Based on the book by the same name Love Makes A Home  focuses on the life of Rebecca Boone, wife of frontiersman Daniel Boone.   Author of the book and playwright Kiesa Kay  shares:

“Rebecca Boone’s grit and determination too often gets overshadowed by her larger-than-life husband,........ “he moved more than 20 times, gave birth to ten children, and raised six others.”

From the the Book:
Rebecca Boone, age 72, shares her own homespun wisdom and meaningful memories as she chops wood, cooks stew, and does her mending on a winter evening in 1811. The trail-blazing midwife didn’t get the luxury of a home she could keep, but her adventures made up for what went missing. She walked through Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Kentucky before she found her final rest in Missouri. She gave birth to ten biological children and adopted six more after her child-bearing years had ended.

As she weaves linen, she recalls how her husband, legendary American frontiersman Daniel Boone, spent as many as two years at a time lost in the woods. The courageous hunter also managed to lose all the family’s money and land about as fast as he earned it, and it was up to Rebecca to take care of the family and teach them all to hunt and forage so they would have food and shelter, too. She had little bitterness and no guile. Blessed with a supportive family and an indomitable spirit, Rebecca revels in an evening alone as she recalls her most intriguing secrets

The theatrical production features talented actress Barb McEwen and  the old time fiddling of internationally renowned fiddler Bruce Greene of Yancey County NC.   Kay Wise Denty is the director of the production.

Rebecca and Daniel Boone met at a dance, and Bruce Greene, who’s in the Old Time Fiddlers Hall of Fame, chose the historically authentic tunes for the play.

“It’s a real honor to have Bruce Greene performing the tunes he chose,” Kay said. “He plays tunes in the old time way that Rebecca herself would have heard. I envisioned the play as a kind of duet between the actor and the fiddler. Bruce recently completed a new CD, River in Time, which will be available for sale at the show.”

The play will be directed by Kay Wise-Denty, with Abby Auman on lights.

Featured Actress:
Barb McEwen

(Excerpt from an article in WNC WOMAN)

On any given day, Barb McEwen can be found hiking in the mountains, listening to the wind, and appreciating the quiet wonders of nature. After many intense years of work in health care, she nurtures herself so she can be fully present in each moment.

Barb McEwen“When I come up the mountain and see my house, I feel such gratitude to be home,” McEwen said. “There’s truly something spiritual about these mountains that resonates in me, and I feel grateful every day to be here.”

Her life has been an exciting adventure, from pediatric nursing to hospice care, the alpha and omega of the full spectrum of life. She has blazed new trails into the unknown, working as a nurse in Africa and studying acting in New York City.

The diversity of her experience has become a fertile source of feeling for McEwen’s 20-year acting career.

“I love the process of bringing a character to life as a new friend, and to live with all the characters inside me,” she said. “When the time comes for a show to end, I always take a day off to say good bye to the character I’m playing.”

As a nurse in Gabarone, Barb McEwen oversaw the health and welfare of Peace Corps volunteers. She made sure they had their immunizations and training, and she stayed on call for the American community. She also volunteered at a World Health Organization clinic there.

“We camped out in animal preserves, and we could hear lions and hyenas in the distance,” McEwen said. “We had a sense of blazing trails, seeing and hearing things not many people experience. Elephants trampled the ground, eating near us. Our camp was ransacked by baboons one day.”..........

McEwen often contemplates new adventures, like becoming a Peace Corps volunteer in the South Pacific, but she’s found real peace in these mountains. Moving, exploring, and adventuring has meant releasing many personal possessions, keeping only the most cherished items.

“I’ve learned that the things I planned to put away for special occasions really deserve everyday use,” she said.
She would like to learn a few new things, like how to ride a horse, but she already has reached many of her life’s goals. Acting allows her to pull from all those experiences and share compassionate connections with an audience.

“I’m creating the final chapters of my life, or the third act, as many say,” McEwen said. “I believe that in life, this act can be the best.”

Live Music by
Bruce Greene

Bruce Greene was born in 1951, and grew up in New Jersey. He learned to play the guitar and five string banjo in his teens, mainly from listening to records. His interest in traditional music started during that time and led him to the fiddle, inspired by the New Lost City Ramblers and some of the field recordings that were starting to become available. In 1969, Bruce left home for college in Washington state and met the first traditional fiddler he would come to know, a man originally from Missouri. By that time, Bruce's interest in traditional Appalachian music had grown quite a bit, and he moved to Kentucky to study folklore, especially the music. Bruce began to meet some of the local Kentucky fiddlers, and as it turned out, he spent more time seeking out and studying the old time fiddlers than he did learning the discipline of folklore!

After a number of years living in different parts of Kentucky, Bruce met his present partner, fine artist and singer Loy McWhirter, and moved to North Carolina in 1978, where he still lives. Bruce has continued his work of preserving and learning the traditional music of the area, when he can find time aside from family life and his job at a local book business.

Bruce has taught fiddle classes on and off for some years, at festivals and gatherings including Augusta, Swannanoa, Mars Hill and The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes. Bruce specializes in Kentucky fiddling, and has performed as an artist in residence at Brown University and Amherst College.

To love Kentucky fiddling is to have a romance with the past. It is music that is intimately tied to the land and a rural way of life that has now mostly disappeared, but lives on in the colorfully named tunes and equally colorful characters who have passed them down to us. For most people in the 1990s, however, the days when rural fiddling was still passed down through the generations as a living tradition seem very remote and long ago.
The few fiddlers who survived into the late twentieth century and grew up in that tradition are looked upon with reverence, for they are survivors of a simple, unhurried world that has long ago been left behind by our fast-paced technological society, and they have left us with our only clues into the mystery of where this music came from and what shaped it into its present form. There is much to be learned from their lives, because with their presence gone from the world, old time fiddling as a traditional art has passed some invisible point of no return.
In colonial times, the Kentucky country was looked on as the remote and mysterious frontier, the Cumberland Gap as the gateway to independence and unbelievably fertile land. In literature, the legendary hunters and explorers and adventurers more often than not claimed Kentucky as their land of origin, as if that somehow gave more credibility to their larger than life achievements.
In the first part of the 1900s, when ballad collecting was in great vogue, Kentucky was looked upon in its isolation as the last stronghold of our Elizabethan forebears from the old world, and therefore the most fertile ground for finding the ancient ballads still intact. Local color stories and magazine articles depicted Kentucky in the same way –– a land where the past nostalgically lived on, unaffected by the rest of the world.

Kiesa Kay

Kiesa Kay writes and fiddles in a farmhouse with a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her plays, poetry, and novels support resilience by portraying strength in action

Kiesa Kay was raised and lived in Kansas for thirty years. She graduated with a B.S. in journalism and M.A. in English from the University of Kansas. She travels frequently, but always find her way home to the Sunshine State.

Kay has read poetry for Cottonwood Review and Many Mountains Moving. She also reviewed books of poetry for New Hope International. Kay is a member of the Toe River Poets in Micaville, North Carolina.

Kay’s publications include 3 chapbooks: New Entity (edited by Thomas Zvi Wilson), CARESS: Poems for Lovers and WINDSTORM: Poetry of Divorce.

Her poems have appeared in: Coal City Review, Communities, Sentinel, Mandy’s Meanderings, Kansas City Star, I-70 Review, Sisters Today, Radiance, Phoebe, Finding Our Own Ways, Awakening and several others.

Kay Wise Denty

After living quite the nomadic life: born in Ohio, raised in California, attended UNC Chapel Hill, lived in Florida, then on the coasts of Georgia and Texas, Kay’s finally at home in the mountains, where she knew she belonged, and plans on staying. 
After receiving her B.A. in Communications and Theater Arts from Rollins College (while working full-time) she got out of the corporate world and went into massage therapy. She has been a licensed massage therapist for 25 years.

 Kay moved to the Grovemont community of Swannanoa in July 2015 with her husband, Glynn, a retired middle school and high school band director. An enthusiastic supporter of performance arts, she loves theater, music, art, and dance. When they aren’t playing in their garden or exploring the Swannanoa Valley, they’re traveling with their furry kids, Sparky and Patchouli.

Excerpt from a Black Mountain News article by Shelly Frome:
.........She found an outlet in theater, something she called “fantastic.” But it was her school work that needed her attention in high school.
In the ’70s, she worked at Stanford University as a secretary, moving back and forth from California and Ohio to help out her family. In the early ’80s, she accompanied her “Southern gentleman” husband to North Carolina. While there, she took undergraduate evening courses at UNC Chapel Hill, discovered Black Mountain and fell in love with the area. She managed to visit the Swannanoa Valley yearly when her brother moved to Durham.
She moved again, to Florida, then got divorced. She spent 1987-88 completing her college work at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, majoring in communications and minoring in theater. As an evening student who worked by day as a secretary in an Orlando advertising agency, she couldn’t indulge her desire to be onstage (actors rehearsed during the day). Instead, she joined the theater technical crew, which rehearsed fewer hours.
After college, she chose massage therapy as a vocation. It has served her well for the past 28 years.
“I discovered I had a gift,” she said. “I literally was able to touch people and relieve them of their stress. And I really knew what stress was after all that enervating public relations, advertising and office work.”
Immediately upon earning her massage therapy certificate, she was employed at a health center and beach club spa in Sea Island, Georgia. She longed to combine her satisfying occupation with theater.

She came closer to her goal in Corpus Christi, Texas where her current husband Glynn Denty had roots and a teaching position. There, while building a physical therapy practice, she from 1999—2014 became involved as an actor, director and stage manager at the nearby Rialto Theater and Rockport Little Theater.