This dreary, soggy winter is sloshing toward its end, and we all hope for an early spring. Haven’t heard any peepers yet, but their chorus can’t be far off. And March will bring some great human music to the Mountain Music Trail.
The premier event of the month is a West Virginia Music Hall of Fame concert honoring Fayette County native and legendary Nashville session man Charlie McCoy (pictured above w/ Bob Dylan) at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg Friday, March 29. An all-star lineup of great Mountain State musicians will join Charlie on stage to honor this outstanding West Virginia musician. Charlie can play just about anything, but he’s best known for his wizardry on the harmonica: youtube.com/watch?v=MUW4LYEJyks
A rising star who attended Davis and Elkins College for their Appalachian Music program, Canadian Kaia Kater(pictured above), will be at Carnegie Hall West Virginia in Lewisburg Friday March 8. She is an amazing singer and instrumentalist. You can read about her at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaia_Kater and hear her at youtube.com/watch?v=K-p9w_8R9dg doing her version of the old mountain tune, “West Virginia Girls”.
Patrick O’Flaherty, The Irish Bard of Lewisburg, plays at Hill and Holler on US 219 in the “coolest small town in America” (that’s you. L-burg!), Saturday 3/ 2 and the weekend of 3/9-10 from 5 to 9 each day, wrapping up with shows from 2-9 PM on Saturday and Sunday March 16 and 17. Patrick may not be in Lewisburg much longer, so you’ll want to catch at least one of these shows. Here’s Patrick, singing with his band The Poor Clares: youtube.com/watch?v=IGRPdf7GPQw
An eclectic band grounded in old-time music but wandering all over the universe, featuring engineers from the Green Bank Observatory in Pocahontas County, The Elk River Ramblers, will be playing Sunday, March 10, in the Concerts in the Loft series at UMC Wesleyan Church in Morgantown, WV. Here they are, recorded in the control room of the giant Green Bank Telescope, the largest movable structure on earth: youtube.com/watch?v=K71iDm2lMqk
Have a great month – and make some music!
– Gibbs Kinderman w/ Mountain Music Trail. HashtagWV #111. March 2019.