Saturday, April 30th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by J.P. Mathes and the Kentucky School of Bluegrass Music Ensemble. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. The Kentucky School of Bluegrass Music Ensemble is under the direction of J.P. Mathes. J.P. has been performing at the Carter Fold since the age of 16 – first as a member of the ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band and later as the Ensemble’s Director of Hazard Community College’s Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music (KSBTM).
Performing with the group will be special guest Fiddling Leona – originally from Tokyo, Japan, but now making her home in Elizabethton, Tennessee. The student performers will include Randy McKinney (mandolin) from Akron, Ohio; Brack Allen, Jr. (guitar) from Hyden, Kentucky; Lindsey Branson (guitar) from Hazard, Kentucky; and Ryan Davidson (bass) from Hyden, Kentucky. The Music Ensemble will be featured on WJHL’s Day-Time Tri Cities and WCYB’s News Center 5 at noon on Friday, April 29th .
J.P. Mathes has performed all across the United States and the world as a student musician, music professor, and as a private performer. Performance highlights include 15 tours of Japan, the Kennedy Center, the Grand Ole Opry, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, tours of Alaska and Hawaii, and many others. J.P. will be touring Japan this year along with Fiddling Leona as international ambassadors of bluegrass music.
The Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music is an accredited program that operates under Hazard Community and Technical College’s College of Heritage, Humanities, and Fine Arts. Students can receive an associate’s degree, diploma, and certificate in Bluegrass and Traditional Music. The KSBTM has also launched many new online courses and a certificate program that are available for students all over the world from the comfort of home. The KSBTM is located at a satellite campus in Hyden, Kentucky.
Students who enroll at the KSBTM take courses such as ensemble, individual instruction, bluegrass history, audio recording, and harmony singing – just to mention a few. The KSBTM has already welcomed students from 19 states and Japan since it’s opening in 2007.
The newest edition to the KSBTM is a complete online certificate program in digital audio recording that is available for students all across the globe at the in-state tuition rate. Faculty members at the KSBTM include Dean Osborne, Scott Napier, Kathryn Jenkins, Grand Ole Opry member and bluegrass legend Bobby Osborne, and J.P. Mathes. For more information on KSBTM, visit the program’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kybluegrassschool. You may also call 606-487-3499.
For some of the finest bluegrass music the southeast has to offer, don’t miss the Kentucky School of Bluegrass Music Ensemble at the Fold. There will be traditional bluegrass tunes, lively fiddle tunes and instrumentals, gospel tunes, and beautiful harmony. Don’t forget your dancing shoes, and be sure to bring along all your family and friends.
Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. For further information on the center, go to our web sites http://www.carterfamilyfold.org or www.carterfamilyfold.com. Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at http://www.carterfoldshow.com. Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts the National Endowment for the Arts. For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054.
Carter Music Center is part of the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. You can visit the Crooked Road Music Trail site at http://thecrookedroad.org. Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054. The Fold is on Facebook – page Carter Fold – and Twitter – Twitter @carterfoldinfo.