DAVID HOLT and JOSH GOFORTH Appearing Sat Dec 22nd 2018 at 8pm

Tickets:
$22 in advance
$25 at the door

David Holt and acoustic music star Josh Goforth join together to bring the joy and spirit of old time mountain music and stories to life.



Grammy-winning recording artist, master acoustic musician and storyteller, folklorist, TV and radio personality.   All these describe the multi-talented David Holt, who along with gifted young picker Josh Goforth will entertain what promises to be a large and enthusiastic crowd.

On Thursday Oct 20th, David Holt will  add yet another honor to his long list of accolades.   David will be inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.

White Horse is proud to host David's first concert as a Hall of Famer !!!!!



David and Josh combine their virtuosity on guitar, banjo, fiddle, slide guitar, mandolin with a world of exciting rhythm instruments. 

Josh is descended from many of the old-timers David learned from in the late 1960s in Lonesome Mountain, NC. 

Audiences of all ages are treated to a show exploding with creative energy, fun and amazing musicianship.






So thoroughly has David Holt absorbed the traditional culture of the Southeast it’s hard to believe he’s not a native. Born in Texas, his family moved to California when Holt was in junior high. But after college in 1968 his growing love of traditional music brought him to the Appalachian Mountains, where his passion to become an old-time banjo player led him to remote communities searching for the best traditional musicians. His sources shared a treasure trove of mountain songs, tunes and stories, and Holt became proficient on multiple instruments, including some unusual ones like mouth bow, bones and even paper bag. In 1975 he founded the Appalachian Studies program at Warren Wilson College while simultaneously establishing himself as a dynamic solo performer. Holt has recorded and performed with many of his musical heroes and mentors, including Doc Watson, Grandpa Jones, Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Roy Acuff and Chet Atkins. His folksy, charismatic style and eclectic knowledge also made him a natural on-air personality, and Holt has numerous radio and TV credits with NPR, PBS, UNC-TV, and TNN. He was also a regular guest on “Hee-Haw” and made a cameo musical appearance in the movie Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” In addition to his solo work, he performs with David Holt and the Lightning Bolts and Sutton, Holt and Coleman. For the White Horse show he teams up with next-generation string wizard Josh Goforth for a concert of old-time mountain music and stories, featuring virtuosic guitar, banjo, slide guitar, fiddle, mandolin and an amazing array of rhythm instruments.






Josh Goforth must have been born musical—he was already playing piano in church at the age of four—but it was an experience he had in the sixth grade that really lit the fuse of his precocious musical career. A performance at Goforth's middle school by Sheila Kay Adams caused him to start thinking about the musical heritage and stories of his native Madison County, NC. A couple of years later, he received his first guitar from one of his great-uncles, and began to learn the instrument under the tutelage of another great-uncle. The great-great-great-grandson of Madison County fiddler Asbury McDevitt was launched on a career in traditional music.

Over the next few years he learned to play at least 15 different instruments by ear, learning from such local masters as Gordon and Arvil Freeman. Most famous for his fiddling, Goforth is a highly accomplished oldtime, bluegrass, and swing musician, but is remarkably versatile, able to pick up any of a wide variety of instruments and make a solid contribution in almost any kind of band. He was active in his high school's music program, and with Goforth as drum major, the Madison High School Marching Band won first place in each of the thirty-three competitions it entered. Among the pieces in its repertoire was a composition that Goforth wrote, based on a sacred harp hymn.

After high school he went to East Tennessee State University to study music education, and to be a part of ETSU's famous Bluegrass and Country Music Program. In 2000, he played fiddle for the movie Songcatcher, both onscreen and on the soundtrack. He has toured extensively with a variety of ensembles, including the ETSU bluegrass band, with David Holt and Laura Boosinger, and with several bluegrass bands including Appalachian Trail, the Josh Goforth Trio, the steep Canyon Rangers and Carolina Road. He has performed in all 50 US states, all over Europe, and in Japan. In 2000, 2003, and 2005, he was named Fiddler of the Festival at Fiddler's Grove and, after winning the third title, was designated "Master Fiddler" and retired from that competition. He has performed at the Grand Ole Opry as well as Carnegie Hall. In 2009 he was nominated for a Grammy for his album with David Holt entitled "Cutting Loose".