North Carolina Musicians Perform Appalachian Ballads

(Bradenton, Fla., Oct. 19, 2006) - North Carolina musicians Bruce Greene and Kore Loy McWhirter will perform traditional songs, ballads, and fiddle and banjo tunes from the southern Appalachians, Great Britain and Germany from 4 to 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 17, in the fine art gallery, MCC Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West. The performance is free and open to the public.

Greene learned and is preserving traditional music passed down from the 1800s that he learned from some of the last of Kentucky's traditional fiddlers. He teaches classes and performs as an artist in residence at Brown University, Providence, R.I., and Amherst College, Amherst, Mass., as well as at festivals that include the renowned roots music Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Port Townsend, Wash.

McWhirter has been singing with Greene for almost 30 years. When he plays the fiddle, she often accompanies him with fiddlesticks, an old southern mountain tradition. In addition to Appalachian and British songs and ballads, she performs German songs. Audience members are invited to join in and ask questions.

Visitors also may view a clay and textiles art exhibit by North Carolina twins Cynthia and Edwina Bringle in the fine art gallery.

For more information, call Joe Loccisano at (941) 752- 5225.

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