Mountain Music Trail Vignette Premieres Continue In Monroe County


Monroe County Vignette

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Steve Ellison, Monroe County Historian

Charleston, WV (October 21, 2015) – Mountain Music Trail premieres continued this evening at Ames Clair Hall in Monroe County. The event was a collaboration between Wild, Wonderful West Virginia and Mountain Stage– a production of West Virginia Public Broadcasting–and the Monroe County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys, a local group, performed at the event.

“As we continue the Mountain Music Trail series, we are thrilled to showcase the rich musical heritage found in Monroe County,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said. “Monroe County offers a truly intimate and community-centered experience for visitors and locals who want to explore the music found here in the mountains. The historic Ames Clair Hall, with its celebrated musical and community heritage, is the perfect place to premiere our Monroe County Mountain Music Trail vignette.  

“Much like the landscape and people of Monroe, our music traditions are unique and beautiful.  Early Scot-Irish and German pioneers settling in Monroe influenced the music that came from this region,” Allison Tomlinson, Tourism Director for Monroe County CVB said. “Traditional music has largely been shared on church pews and porches of our rural communities, but is now drawing increased interest from mainstream America.  There are rich stories within the lyrics of music found along the Mountain Music Trail.”

“One of the hopes of this partnership is to invite folks to explore new places or to discover something new in an already familiar place along the Mountain Music Trail and Route 219,” Vasilia Scouras, Associate Producer of Mountain Stage said. “There is great pride in passing down stories and songs within the community and the Mountain Music Trail has allowed us to showcase some of these experiences and stories.”

The Mountain Music Trail consists of venues throughout five counties in eastern West Virginia that came together to promote and present the traditional music, dance, and folkways of the Allegheny Mountain region. Several months ago, the West Virginia Public Broadcasting production team took to the road to capture the essence of the trail, which runs through Tucker, Randolph, Pocahontas, Greenbrier and Monroe counties.

This is the fourth scheduled premiere event of five, which will run through the month of October. All Mountain Music Trail premiere events are free and open to the public. Each will feature local food and a Mountain Music Trail Sampler featuring local musicians and bands.   

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This post was last updated on November 11, 2015