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Mountain Stage returning to Buckhannon

February 4, 2013
The Inter-Mountain

"Mountain Stage with Larry Groce," the internationally distributed live performance radio program, returns to the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, April 7 for a performance at the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts.

General admission tickets for the event will be $30 in advance. A limited number of student tickets will be available on campus for $20. More details are below. All tickets are on sale.

The two-hour radio program showcases five guest artists on each episode and records the show for later distribution to 130 NPR stations nationwide and overseas via the Voice of America satellite system. Three guest artists have already been confirmed for April 7, with additional guests to be announced.

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Bela Fleck

On April 7 Mountain Stage will feature two of the world's most highly regarded banjo players, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, in a rare duo performance. Mountain Stage is one of only two scheduled performances in the United States before the duo embarks on a European tour later in the month.

Throughout their years together, Fleck and Washburn have always made music, whether for their own pleasure, during a year of touring with the Sparrow Quartet or other live performances. After a somewhat impromptu festival performance, the duo realized they had a strong canon of songs they could perform together. Both have performed on Mountain Stage in various different musical incarnations, but this will be their first as a duo.

Nashville-based modern bluegrass band The SteelDrivers will also perform. The group's third release, "Hammer Down," (to be released next week) features the band's unparalleled intensity, vocal strength, peerless harmony and instrumental virtuosity. This will be the group's third appearance on Mountain Stage.

The third act is up-and-coming string band The Stray Birds, whose self-titled album was included on a list of "Best Folk & Americana Albums of 2012" by NPR Music.

Two more guest artists will be added to the bill in the coming weeks.

General admission tickets for the event will be $30 in advance. A limited number of student tickets will be available on campus for $20. More details are below. All tickets are on sale.

Mountain Stage is a production of West Virginia Public Broadcasting. This episode will be scheduled for later distribution by NPR in spring 2013.

 
 

 

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