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By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | January 8, 2009
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - When Laura MacKenzie performs traditional music, she's most at home in a small, intimate venue. The comfy atmosphere keeps in line with the theme of traditional music, which has its roots in Ireland and Scotland, and with musicians who shared their music in an informal way. MacKenzie will perform in such a venue when she takes part in the Upper Potomac Pipers Weekend in Shepherdstown. She'll share the stage with other bagpipers, including Bob Mitchell, Jerry O'Sullivan, Eliot Grasso and Dick Hensold, and with fiddler Elke Baker at 8 p.m. Saturday at Shepherd University's Reynolds Hall.
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August 29, 2011
Washington County Free Library's Noteworthy Sundays at Your Library's concert season kicks off Sunday, Sept. 11, at 3 p.m. at the Clear Spring Leonard P. Snyder Memorial Library branch, 12624 Broadfording Road in Clear Spring. Annie & Mac will kick off the season. Influenced by such greats as Uncle Dave Macon, the Bailes Brothers, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Jimmy  Driftwood and Grandpa Jones, Annie & Mac are keeping traditional music alive with a mix of humorous, love, gospel and old-time, toe-tapping songs.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | February 7, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Don Rigsby is a busy guy: just starting a tour with his band, Midnight Call; producing three projects; teaching at Morehead State University; and spending time with his newborn son. Rigsby said he enjoys producing and hopes to do that on a bigger scale, but bluegrass fans don't need to worry about him hanging up his mandolin, fiddle or guitar anytime soon. "I like performing best," Rigsby said during a recent phone interview from Kentucky. Don Rigsby & Midnight Call will be performing at Apollo Civic Theatre on Sunday afternoon.
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August 23, 2000
Crocker Nye Road Band to kick off C&O Canal Days Crocker Nye Road Band will kick off Williamsport's C&O Canal Days with a performance Friday, Aug. 25, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Visitors Center. Who is Crocker Nye? "It's just a name," said Peter Wright, harmonica player. "It's just the name I use whenever I need a band," he explained. Wright found the band he needed to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the C&O Canal at the Thursday-night picking sessions at Woodmen of the World in Fairplay.
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by DAVE McMILLION | April 29, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - It's been held all around Shepherdstown through the years. Three or four churches hosted it, it was at the Shepherdstown Men's Club, the Entler Hotel, Shepherd University's Reynolds Hall, O'Hurley's General Store and even "several living rooms," said Joanie Blanton. Each September, traditional music fans eagerly await the Upper Potomac Dulcimer Fest, which offers a weekend of workshops and performances to celebrate the folk instrument and related music, said Blanton, who started the festival in 1988.
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By FEDORA COPLEY | October 4, 2005
The traditional music of Appalachia is like a wheel, according to singer and guitarist John Lilly. When older musicians teach traditional songs to young people, Lilly says, the tradition replenishes itself and keeps rolling forward. For Elizabeth LaPrelle, this is just the case. The 17-year-old Virginia resident sings old-time Appalachian ballads. She performed over the weekend at the Appalachian Heritage Festival in Shepherdstown, W.Va. Lilly emceed the Friday evening concert and introduced Elizabeth as one of those musicians replenishing the Appalachian tradition.
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July 28, 2006
Saturday Plus Robert "The Reptile Man" Peters will present a demonstration of caring for and enjoying reptiles as pets as part of Discovery Station at Hagerstown's Saturday Plus program. Saturday, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Admission costs $5 to $7. For reservations, call 301-790-0076 or send a fax to 301-790-0045. Hot Soup The Maryland-based trio will play folk music, along with some world music. Saturday, 3 p.m. The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown.
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By ASHLEY HARTMAN | August 25, 2007
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Shippensburg continued its 27-year tradition of promoting historical preservation and downtown revitalization on Saturday. The Shippensburg Corn Festival began at 8 a.m., with craft and food vendors stretched along East King Street. "By 8:30, 9 a.m., we had the street packed wall-to-wall," said Mike Smith, president of the Corn Festival Committee, adding that 40,000 people were present at the festival. The festival was started in 1981 by the Shippensburg Heritage and Recreation Planning Society.
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August 29, 2011
Washington County Free Library's Noteworthy Sundays at Your Library's concert season kicks off Sunday, Sept. 11, at 3 p.m. at the Clear Spring Leonard P. Snyder Memorial Library branch, 12624 Broadfording Road in Clear Spring. Annie & Mac will kick off the season. Influenced by such greats as Uncle Dave Macon, the Bailes Brothers, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Jimmy  Driftwood and Grandpa Jones, Annie & Mac are keeping traditional music alive with a mix of humorous, love, gospel and old-time, toe-tapping songs.
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By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | June 4, 2009
BUNKER HILL, W.Va. -- If it's Thursday night, then it's rehearsal time for bluegrass band Patent Pending. Since guitarist Rusty Williams and his family moved to their Inwood home in the 1980s, the band has made Thursday nights a nearly weekly gig. It's an evening of chatting, laughing and strumming in the living room while family and friends play Scrabble in the kitchen. On a recent Thursday evening, the six-piece band is meeting to rehearse for several upcoming shows, including the Saturday afternoon performance at Morgan Cabin Festival.
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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | April 9, 2009
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- An exhibit continuing through May 22 at The Ice House aims to turn up the volume on roots music, "America's soundtrack. " The exhibit, "New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music," is now open at The Ice House, the headquarters of the Morgan Arts Council (MAC) in Berkeley Springs. The exhibit will be on view at The Ice House through May 22, said MAC Executive Director Mary Hott. The exhibit, part of the Smithsonian Institutions' Museums on Main Street program, probes the American story through roots music.
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By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | January 8, 2009
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - When Laura MacKenzie performs traditional music, she's most at home in a small, intimate venue. The comfy atmosphere keeps in line with the theme of traditional music, which has its roots in Ireland and Scotland, and with musicians who shared their music in an informal way. MacKenzie will perform in such a venue when she takes part in the Upper Potomac Pipers Weekend in Shepherdstown. She'll share the stage with other bagpipers, including Bob Mitchell, Jerry O'Sullivan, Eliot Grasso and Dick Hensold, and with fiddler Elke Baker at 8 p.m. Saturday at Shepherd University's Reynolds Hall.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | February 7, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Don Rigsby is a busy guy: just starting a tour with his band, Midnight Call; producing three projects; teaching at Morehead State University; and spending time with his newborn son. Rigsby said he enjoys producing and hopes to do that on a bigger scale, but bluegrass fans don't need to worry about him hanging up his mandolin, fiddle or guitar anytime soon. "I like performing best," Rigsby said during a recent phone interview from Kentucky. Don Rigsby & Midnight Call will be performing at Apollo Civic Theatre on Sunday afternoon.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | January 24, 2008
FREDERICK, Md. - One of the memories guitarist and storyteller Doc Watson has been sharing recently is about the time a faith doctor healed his father. His father had hurt his back one summer doing heavy work with a crew installing a spur line for the railroad. He had to use canes to walk, and he couldn't work or sleep on his own bed because of the pain. "When the prayer was finished, (my father) dropped his canes ... and walked over to the truck," said Watson. But Watson, who had lost his vision as a young child and was about 6 years old at the time his father visited the faith doctor, wasn't healed.
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By ASHLEY HARTMAN | August 25, 2007
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Shippensburg continued its 27-year tradition of promoting historical preservation and downtown revitalization on Saturday. The Shippensburg Corn Festival began at 8 a.m., with craft and food vendors stretched along East King Street. "By 8:30, 9 a.m., we had the street packed wall-to-wall," said Mike Smith, president of the Corn Festival Committee, adding that 40,000 people were present at the festival. The festival was started in 1981 by the Shippensburg Heritage and Recreation Planning Society.
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by DAVE McMILLION | April 29, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - It's been held all around Shepherdstown through the years. Three or four churches hosted it, it was at the Shepherdstown Men's Club, the Entler Hotel, Shepherd University's Reynolds Hall, O'Hurley's General Store and even "several living rooms," said Joanie Blanton. Each September, traditional music fans eagerly await the Upper Potomac Dulcimer Fest, which offers a weekend of workshops and performances to celebrate the folk instrument and related music, said Blanton, who started the festival in 1988.
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July 29, 2006
Saturday Plus George Michael will show photos of the recent total solar eclipse in Africa as part of Discovery Station at Hagerstown's Saturday Plus program. A solar eclipse will be visible from Hagerstown on Sept. 23. Today, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Admission costs $5 to $7. For reservations, call 301-790-0076 or send a fax to 301-790-0045. Hot Soup The Maryland-based trio will play folk music, along with some world music.
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