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FILM: A Great American Tapestry, The Many Strands of Mountain Music on Fri Jun 30th 2017 at 7:30pm

Tickets: $15

The World Premiere of a film on the rich cultural history of mountain music including the ballad singers from Scotland and Ulster, the African-American string band players, and Cherokee musicians and dancers.
The film features the leading luminaries of the ballad tradition including balladeer extraordinaires Sheila Kay Adams, Joe Penland and Bobby McMillon as well as Grammy Award winning founders of the world renowned black string band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops including Rhiannon Giddens, members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee, David Holt, and musicologists and historians who tell the story of the great melting pot that became Appalachian music.
 A discussion with the filmmaker and principal film participants follows the film screening. Music starts the evenings off.
A special bonus for tonight's program will be mini-concerts by

Rhiannon and the Relics
Bobby McMillon

The Southern mountains were a diverse mix of Europeans, African-Americans and indigenous native peoples. This backcountry became a vibrant musical cauldron that combined and synthesized the tremendous contributions of many traditions to create a musical legacy that inspired the world — A Great American Tapestry.

Tapestry tells the eyeopening story of the Scots-Irish ballad tradition, the lost chapters of African-American banjo and fiddle history, the role of blackface minstrelsy in creating Old Time Music, the Cherokee music and dance tradition and so much more. A musical journey never to be forgotten . . .

A Great American Tapestry, The Many Strands of Mountain Music film is a project of The Center for Cultural Preservation.

The Center for Cultural Preservation is a nonprofit institution dedicated to preserving the culture, history, and adaptive strategies of our nation's cultural legacies. By honoring and transmitting these cultural traditions, we offer today's citizenry as closer connection with their recent past that's more sustainable over the long-term. The Center fulfills this mission through oral history, documentary film, and public programs that rekindle the power of local culture and the value of its continuance.

The Center for Cultural Preservation is  run by Executive Director David Weintraub with more than twenty years of experience developing, administrating and promoting cultural programs that include concerts, festivals, forums, film screenings, colloquiums, and more. In addition to publishing 13 books he has produced several films, two of which have appeared at film festivals around the world and on PBS stations. Weintraub is also the director of Weintraub Films a boutique documentary film production company.