In this episode of Mountain Talk we bring you a recording of master ballad singers and storytellers Sheila Kay Adams and Bobby McMillon! Sheila and Bobby are both masters of the traditions they learned from their family and community members in western North Carolina, and the audio you’ll hear in this episode features their performance at the Hindman Settlement School on April 4, 2019 as the finale of their Seeds & Stories event.
In this episode, we celebrate the craftsmanship of Virginian musician & instrument builder Wayne Henderson, whose birthday is May 3rd. Then, we hear excerpts from an interview with Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson recorded just days after a fire destroyed the main office building at the historic Highlander Center in New Market, TN. Finally, we visit the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative's FIRE Summit this spring, where high school students from across Eastern KY shared their innovative inventions.
In this episode we’re remembering the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster in Raleigh County, WV in 2010, celebrating the life and musical legacy of Addie Graham with her grandson Rich Kirby, and reviewing some federal bills related to land and health here in the coalfields. #BeRadioActive this Fund Drive & Support your Public Affairs Programming on WMMT!
In this episode we're exploring the power of music to connect us across difference. Found Sound Nation's #MosaicInteractive crew guides us through this journey of musical and cultural exchange: connecting memories of Kurdish women in northern Turkey with those of women here in Eastern Kentucky, dreams of Palestinian children to international conversations around borders, and Moroccan Gnawa rituals to Appalachian old time songs. They passed through Whitesburg in March 2019.