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Music, folklore coming to Opera House

May 3, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

Naturalist, herbalist, storyteller and champion harmonica player Doug Elliott will bring his blend of music, storytelling and folklore to the Pocahontas County Opera House at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Whether he's singing about catfish, pontificating on possums, extolling the virtues of dandelions, telling wild snake tales or wailing out a jivey harmonica, Elliott takes his audiences on an unforgettable, multifaceted cultural tour of North America's backcountry. He performs a lively collection of traditional tales, ancient legends, inspiring stories, folklore and outrageous personal narratives. Elliott flavors them with regional dialects, lively harmonica riffs, facts stranger than fiction and more than a few belly laughs.

Elliott has performed and presented programs at festivals, museums, botanical gardens, nature centers and schools from Canada to the Caribbean. He has been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn. He has lectured and performed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and conducted workshops for the Smithsonian Institution. With his expertise in interpreting the natural world, Elliott has led ranger training sessions for the National Park Service and guided people in the wilderness from down-east Maine to the Florida Everglades.

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Elliott was named harmonica champion at Fiddler's Grove Festival in Union Grove, N.C. He is the author of four books, many articles in regional and national magazines and has recorded a number of award-winning albums of stories and songs. Elliott has traveled from the Canadian North to the Central American jungles studying plant and animal life and seeking out the traditional wisdom of people with intimate connections to the natural world. And he still looks under rocks. These days he uncovers more than just a few strange critters; he brings to light the human connection to this vibrant world of which we are a part.

The Pocahontas County Opera House is located at 818 Third Ave. in Marlinton. Performances at the Opera House are informal, family-friendly and open to all. There is an admission charge. The entrance and main seating are accessible to persons with disabilities. Special accommodations can be arranged upon request by calling 304-799-6645. Advance tickets may be purchased at the Fourth Avenue Gallery in Marlinton, or online at

The Opera House Performance Series is presented with financial assistance through a grant from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. Financial support is also provided by Pocahontas County Drama, Fairs and Festivals, Pendleton Community Bank, Glades Building Supply, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and Brightside Acres.

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If you go

What:?Doug Elliott performance

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Pocahontas County Opera House, 818 Third Ave., Marlinton




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