WMMT’s Traditional Music Project is proud to announce that Old-Time Day 2014 will take place on Saturday, March 8th!
On the 8th, we shall make welcome one and all to the Appalshop in Whitesburg, KY for a whole day of classes, concerts, dancing and fun centered around our region’s rich heritage of traditional music. Registration is $25 for the entire day, plus $5 for an on-site lunch.
Classes we plan to offer (depending on registration):
- Fiddle: beginning, intermediate/advanced
- Banjo: beginning, intermediate/advanced
- Guitar: beginning, intermediate/advanced
- String Band
- Kids Activities
- Harmony Singing
- Shape Note Singing
- Carter Family Songs
Staff will include: Cary Fridley, John Haywood, Kevin Howard, Rich Kirby, Jim and Ada McCown, Karly Dawn Milner, Adrian Powell, Julie Shepherd-Powell, Brett Ratliff, Don Rogers, Roy Tackett, Randy Wilson, and Sarah Wood
Registration (9-10 AM)
Class A (10-11:30 AM)
- Beginning Guitar – Roy Tackett
- Beginning Banjo – Kevin Howard
- Beginning Fiddle – John Haywood
- Beginning / Intermediate Mandolin- Don Rogers
- Shape Note – Sarah Wood & Rich Kirby
- VA Fiddle Tunes – Adrian Shepherd-Powell
- Kids Singing – Karly Dawn Milner
Lunch 11:30 – 12:30
Class B (12:30 – 2 PM)
- Intermediate Guitar – Don Rogers
- Intermediate Banjo – John Haywood
- Intermediate Fiddle – Adrian Powell
- Carter Family Songs – Cary Fridley
- Party Games for Kids – Randy Wilson
- Intermediate Flatfoot – Julie Shepherd-Powell, with Brett Ratliff and Rich Kirby
- Advanced Banjo – Jim & Ada McCown
Class C (2:30 – 4)
- String Band – Roy Tackett and Kevin Howard
- Advanced Fiddle- Jim & Ada McCown
- Kentucky Banjo Tunes – Brett Ratliff
- Harmony Singing – Karly Dawn Milner & Sarah Wood
- Bass – Cary Fridley
- Party Games for Adults- Randy Wilson
- Kids Flatfoot – Julie & Adrian Shepherd-Powell
- Benefit Concert for Appalshop’s Traditional Music Project at Summit City
For more information, call the Appalshop at (606) 633-0108 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Spread the word and come on out! You can check out our event page on Facebook to RSVP, but also feel free to just show up on Saturday morning. We’re a flexible bunch of folks. Many thanks to Miley Twyman, the Kentucky Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts for their incredibly generous support of this event!
OH HEY ALSO!
Your fun in Whitesburg does not have to end with the last jam! Later that night, at 8 p.m., there will be a benefit concert for WMMT’s Traditional Music Project featuring Old-Time Day faculty and assorted hangers-on at Summit City Lounge in downtown Whitesburg, Ky. No cover, but there will be a $10 suggested donation at the door. So come on out and learn some tunes and have some fun with us!
SYP March 5 – 2014
Philosophers and obnoxious friends alike say you cannot step into the same river twice, and yet, here we are again, gazing blankly at the ruddy, rushing waters of Letcher County’s weekly exercises in the Anonymous Expression of Often-Vague Opinion, Speak Your Piece, wondering if this day is indeed like all the others, if things really do ever change, if we are not, to a man (and woman) only pacing furiously within a giant hamsterwheel of momentary hopes and obligations, never to see Delaware, to know anything about good wine, or to experience just one Presidents’ Day free of the cryptic and crippling expectations we have for ourselves.
Nonetheless, this week we hear about: Wishes for honest government, reliable leadership, and healthy living conditions! Supporting Clintons Hillary and Bill, but not the Fiscal Court! Churches ought to help local people! Watch out for the gal that’s been married four times! I’m the one that called you ‘Tater Head,’ and I miss you! And more!
Our thanks as always to The Mountain Eagle. You can hear Wiley Q. (pictured) read Speak Your Piece live each Wednesday near 5 o’clock on WMMT, and you can hear previous installments at our streaming archives.
Coal Report 03-05-14 5m 53sec
Ky. State Rep. Keith Hall (at right) on the House Floor recently with State Rep. Ryan Quarles // photo via LRC Public Information
Keith Hall, a Pike County Coal Operator and an influential Kentucky legislator, is back in the news. Back in June, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported that Hall had complained to the state that a mine inspector to whom he had already given “a small fortune” was shaking him down for more. And now that mine inspector, Kelly Shortridge, has resigned after 24 years with the Kentucky Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement. The Herald-Leader reports that there are separate state and federal inquiries going on into the relationship between Shortridge and Hall—despite Hall having complained about Shortridge and reportedly saying he “liked the Benjamins,” the two reportedly became close when Shortridge inspected Hall’s mines, so close, that Shortridge’s supervisor pulled him off of mines owned by Hall. While Shortridge denied soliciting money from Hall, he did acknowledge that Hall had made “unsolicited donations” in the past. Hall had no comment and reportedly refused to speak to the Kentucky Inspector General. As both a coal operator and the vice chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment, Hall came under fire last year for holding the permits to several east Kentucky mines with a long history of safety violations, including water pollution, improper maintenance of slurry ponds, and the reckless blasting of rocks onto several nearby homes and properties.
Speaking of Keith Hall, he sits on the board of advisers for the energy company that had partnered with an Indian company back in 2012 for an agreement that would supposedly ship east Kentucky coal to India for 25 years. But as the Louisville Courier-Journal reports, now a year and a half later, there has still been no coal shipped. Martin County coal operator Jim Continue reading Coal Report for March 5, 2014
2014-02-20 MN WR
Letcher County resident Letha Dollarhide on a recent episode of WMMT's Mountain Talk
In this edition of WMMT’s Mountain News & World Report, we begin with a report compiled from a recent discussion on WMMT’s Mountain Talk, in which we discussed state-wide tax policy along with hard times many local residents are facing. In this report, we hear from Letcher County resident Letha Dollarhide, Jason Bailey from the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, and Tom Sexton of the Whitesburg, Ky. City Council. (to hear the full, hour-long Mountain Talk discussion, click here).
Also in this program, we dip into the WMMT archives to bring you two pieces on the potential for economic growth in the mountains of southwest Virginia. We bring you a report from the Mountain Rose Vineyard, a vineyard that took root on a reclaimed strip mine in Wise County; and we close our show with a commentary from Appalachian scholar Helen Lewis on the vast potential southwest Virginia holds for projects like Mountain Rose, which leverage the region’s capability to grow fruit of all kinds.
To hear previous episodes of Mountain News & World Report, check out our streaming archives.
southwest Virginia mines & operations owned by SunCoke Energy
Coal Report 02-26-14 5m 45sec
A coal miner has been killed on the job in southwest Virginia. The Bristol Herald-Courier reports that Arthur David Gelentser of Keen Mountain, Va. was killed on Februrary 21st at Dominion Coal’s Number 30/Jewell Smokeless mine when he became pinned by a continuous mining machine underground. The mine is owned ultimately by SunCoke Energy. As the Charleston Gazette has reported, between 1984 and 2010, 30 miners were killed by continuous mining machines and 220 more were injured, accidents which might have been prevented if proximity detection systems were installed on continuous mining machines to automatically shut them down if miners came too close. But there is still no federal rule requiring these proximity detection systems. Gelentser became the second coal miner killed so far in 2014, and the first in Virginia.
The Obama administration has announced a series of reforms aimed at making it easier for miners to win black lung benefit cases. The Charleston Gazette reports these reforms came after an investigation last year revealed how coal companies, lawyers, and doctors were all working together to make it difficult for miners to win black lung benefits, including withholding evidence indicating that certain miners did indeed have black lung. The reforms, announced by the US Department Continue reading Coal Report for February 26, 2014
used wcn recipe cards are as in-demand on ebay as authentic Big Brother & the Holding Company setlists from 1969
In the February 2014 edition of The World’s Only Live Radio Cooking Show That We Know Of, our charming-and-generally-delightful hosts Jonathan and Jenny tackle a heady concept which has driven not a few scholars and physicists alike to a frothed and gasping madness: we speak, as it were, of the concept of dumpling.
After making a brief philosophical inquiry into the nature of just what a dumpling is (and who are any of us, really), our hosts dive headlong into the pursuit of the same, creating several varieties on the radio, including spätzle! And pierogi! And sweet potato! In addition, a stew! And a dumpling-suitable cocktail (for pairing, not dipping, mind you), the Revolver!
To hear the progress of their valiant efforts at dumpling-construction in real time, listen to the audio above. For more on their program, read their blog. To hear past episodes, click here. To hear the next live episode, tune into WMMT at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4th.
2-26-14 Mountain Talk – Buffalo Creek Flood
Drawing made by a child survivor of the Buffalo Creek Flood
Wednesday, February 26th marks the 42nd anniversary of the catastrophic Buffalo Creek Flood, which killed 125 people and left some 4,000 more homeless when a coal waste dam burst in Logan County, West Virginia. This edition of Mountain Talk, hosted by Appalshop filmmaker Mimi Pickering, is a rebroadcast of a special program we produced on the 40th anniversary in 2012, in which we commemorate the disaster with audio from the 1975 Appalshop film “The Buffalo Creek Flood: An Act of Man.” Also in this program, we hear from two special guests: Jack Spadaro, who was hired as part of the state’s investigative team following the flood and then worked as a inspector for OSM and MSHA, and Shaunna Scott, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies at UK, who has been researching the impact of the Martin County, KY sludge spill and emergency planning responses in the aftermath of the spill.
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Coal Report 02-19-14 5m 26sec
coal ash in the Dan River // image found via http://www.veooz.com/photos/GtZjXV.html
Controversy continues around the coal ash spill in North Carolina, which was the third-largest in US history, and leaked enough ash into the Dan River to fill 73 olympic-sized swimming pools. The AP reports that the federal government has begun a criminal investigation into the spill and how Duke Energy maintains its other coal ash ponds. Investigators have issued subpoenas seeking records both from Duke and from North Carolina state regulators. This investigation began, the day after news broke that north carolina regulators had blocked three lawsuits over the past year for leaks at other Duke coal ash ponds. By blocking the lawsuits, the state was able to settle privately with Duke, which allowed the company to pay far less in fines than it might have been on the hook for under the Clean Water Act.
Despite concerns over its effects on water quality, though, the EPA has ruled that coal ash is safe enough to use in cement and wallboard, according to Bloomberg news service. The EPA has been wrestling for some time with the question of coal ash. The law seems to leave only two choices—either call it “toxic waste”—which is not exactly accurate—or declare it’s generally Continue reading Coal Report for February 19, 2014
2014-02-06 MN WR
In this edition of WMMT’s Mountain News & World Report, we begin with a report on a possible new form of energy-generation in the coalfields–solar energy. The Kentucky General Assembly is currently considering a number of bills that would promote renewable energy, and WMMT’s Mimi Pickering reports on a group of West Virginians who think solar power has vast potential in these mountains.
Also in this program: amid Kentucky’s recent announcement that it will invest in broadband infrastructure here in the mountains, we bring you a piece from the WMMT archives that discusses broadband access in the coalfields and what improved infrastructure might mean for our communities. We also hear about a bill that would deregulate the phone industry in Kentucky, and we hear the recently-departed Pete Seeger discuss the history of the civil rights anthem “We Shall Overcome.”
Mountain News & World Report is a bi-weekly production of WMMT. To hear previous episodes, check out our streaming archives.