Tuesday, April 12, 2016

“Dean of West Virginia Songwriters” Todd Burge to perform at Mountain City Traditional Arts




Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Todd Burge will return to Frostburg bringing his unique humor and songwriting skills to Mountain City Traditional Arts, 25 East Main Street in Frostburg, on April 30th  for a children's concert at 4:00pm and a performance for the general public at 7:30pm. Both events are free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $15.
Todd has become one of West Virginia’s most intriguing singer/songwriters. His songs are written with an inspiration from life experiences and expressed with humor and immense talent. His music styles vary widely from folk to alternative rock but always have the same Todd Burge flare. Many of his best known songs are written from the perspective of bugs, animals, and made up characters of his own.
He has performed in a variety of venues including CBGB’s, The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Kennedy Center, and hundreds of smaller venues. He has appeared multiple times on NPR’s Mountain Stage where he was first called the “dean of WV songwriters, the best we have”, by the host, Larry Groce. His most recent album, Imitation Life, was produced in a collaboration with Grammy winner Tim O'Brien and one song "Change (For Clean Water) features backup vocals by Kathy Mattea. Todd Burge lives in Parkersburg WV with his wife Lisa and their children, Will and Sophia.
Dedicated to the education, sales, documentation and perpetuation of the traditional arts in the mountain region, Mountain City Traditional Arts is a program of Frostburg State University, with support from FrostburgFirst, the Allegany Arts Council, and the Maryland Traditions Program of the State Arts Council. For more information contact mountaincitytradarts@gmail.com or call 301-687-8040.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Songwriters Showcase featuring Loretta Hummel and Cory & Heather Wharton



Loretta Hummel and Cory and Heather Wharton will be performing at Mountain City Traditional Arts, 25 East Main Street in Frostburg, on April 3rd at 3:00pm in a country, bluegrass, gospel, and folk filled songwriters showcase. This is event is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $15.
           Loretta Hummel, an Allegany County local, has been bringing her country, bluegrass, and gospel music to tri-state to residents for many years. A singer, songwriter, and ordained music minister her talent has been widely recognized. Music has always been her refuge and great love, and once her children grew up she began to devote her time to writing original songs. Her songs focus on spreading love of God, friends, and Appalachia. Loretta has performed at a variety of festivals including the Country Gospel Music Association Convention and has eight recorded albums.
           Cory Wharton, a Cumberland native,  blends bluegrass, country-western and traditional folk music in his emotional performance honoring Appalachian heritage. Cory writes songs that local people can relate to and have come to request. The songs call upon true stories and inspiring fictional ones and have been recorded by a variety of artists including Blue Moon Rising and The East Tennessee Bluegrass Pride Band. Cory's wife Heather is an award winning fiddle champion an vocalist. The couple recently moved back into the area and have a 1 year old daughter.
Dedicated to the education, sales, documentation and perpetuation of the traditional arts in the mountain region, Mountain City Traditional Arts is a program of Frostburg State University, with support from FrostburgFirst, the Allegany Arts Council, and the Maryland Traditions Program of the State Arts Council. For more information contact mountaincitytradarts@gmail.com or call 301-687-8040.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

Friday, February 26, 2016

MCTA Spring 2016 Line-Up!



February 27th @ 2pm- Wynter's Haven Natural Cream Workshop
             Feeling a little dry? Come join us to learn how to make your very own skin loving moisturizing cream! You will even learn a little about infusing! 100% natural and good for everything from cloth diapering, to face cream, to chapped lips! A small donation is requested but not required and you will leave with a sample container of cream and the option to purchase larger sizes. 

March 8th @ 7pm- Irish Traditional Music with John Blake, Mairead Hurley and Nathan Gourley
             A powerhouse of Irish Traditional Music employing a variety of instruments will perform 67at Mountain City Traditional Arts, Tuesday, March 8th, at 7:00 PM.  Musicians John Blake, Mairead Hurley and Nathan Gourley will bring the sounds of Ireland to Frostburg just in time for an early St. Patrick’s Day celebration.  A $15 donation is suggested, but tickets are not necessary, the program is open to the public.     

March 9th @7pm- Home Ground Reception and Exhibit    
                 The exhibit, produced by Frostburg State University students enrolled in Sociology of the Environment, features documentation materials and interviews conducted in the fall by students taking Folklore in Appalachia. The event will provide area residents with the opportunity to learn more about the program offerings and experiences supported by Home Ground- an Allegany County based organization committed to bringing people together to enjoy the outdoors and to appreciate the vital role of nature in our lives and our communities.
March  12th, 1pm-4pm- Tatting workshop with Carolyn Groves
             Introduction to tatting: Learn the basic of tatting in this 3hour workshop. One stitch is used to create all sorts of interesting lace. The workshop will cost $10, all supplies will be provided. Please call 301 687 8040 to pre-register for the class.
April 3rd time TBA- Songwriters Showcase Featuring Cory Wharton and Loretta Hummel
              Loretta Hummel, an Allegany County local, has been bringing her country, bluegrass, and gospel music to tri-state to residents for many years. A singer, songwriter, and ordained music minister her talent has been widely recognized. Cory Wharton blends bluegrass, country-western and traditional folk music in his emotional performance honoring Appalachian heritage.
April 23rd- Frostburg Arts Walk
             Stop by and see demonstrations, meets artists, and hear some traditional music!
April 30th - Todd Burge, children's show at 4pm, performance at 7:30pm.
Todd has become one of West Virginia’s most intriguing singer/songwriters. His songs are written with an inspiration from life experiences and expressed with humor and immense talent. His music styles vary widely from folk to alternative rock but always have the same Todd Burge flare. He has performed in a variety of venues including CBGB’s, The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Kennedy Center, and hundreds of smaller venues. He has appeared multiple times on NPR’s Mountain Stage where he was first called the “dean of WV songwriters, the best we have”, by its host, Larry Groce.

The Winter Farm Market will occur every 1st and 3rd Saturday through the Spring from 10am -1pm bringing fresh locally produced food, herbal products, and local crafts to our community.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Mountain City Traditional Arts to Present Irish Traditional Music Trio



       A powerhouse of Irish Traditional Music will perform at Mountain City Traditional Arts, Tuesday, March 8th, at 7:00 PM.  Musicians John Blake, Mairead Hurley and Nathan Gourley will bring the sounds of Ireland to Frostburg just in time for an early St. Patrick’s Day celebration.  A $15 donation is suggested, but tickets are not necessary, the program is open to the public.
       John Blake is a traditional Irish flute player, guitarist and pianist. An ex member of traditional group Teada, John has performed and recorded with the cream of Irish musicians including, John Carty, Paddy Glackin, Noel Hill, Liam O’Flynn, Jesse Smith, Harry Bradley, Colm Gannon, The Kane Sisters and James Kelly.
       Mairead Hurley is from Ballymote, Co Sligo, and won the All Ireland Concertina Senior Championships at the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in 2006. Music runs in her blood as her father is a flute and tin whistle teacher and her four siblings all play music. She has been playing since she was four years old.
        Nathan Gourley is one of America’s most highly regarded young players of traditional Irish music. His playing is steeped in lifelong study of the Irish tradition, and is at same time colored by his American roots. Gourley started playing music at age five. While living in Minnesota he had the opportunity to collaborate with such renowned players as Paddy O’Brien of Chulrua. Nathan can be seen playing at concerts, ceilis, sessions and festivals in Boston and throughout the United States and Ireland.
 

Mountain City Traditional Arts is a program of Frostburg State University, which receives support from the Maryland Traditions Program of the Maryland State Arts Council.