Mountain Music Trail Vignette Premieres Continue In Randolph County

Features performances by Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller, Davis & Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble

Randolph County: Helvetia & The BrazenHead

Randolph County: Augusta Heritage Center, Davis & Elkins  Appalachian Ensemble

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Musician Jesse Milnes is proud to play this music in public, and talks about public reaction.

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Musician Emily Miller discusses Mountain Music and Mountain Dance Trails.

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Tim O’Brien, West Virginia Native Musician

Charleston, WV (October 14, 2015) – Mountain Music Trail premieres continued this evening in Randolph County. The event was a collaboration between Wild, Wonderful West Virginia and Mountain Stage– a production of West Virginia Public Broadcasting–and the Randolph County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Performances included local musicians Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller, and Davis & Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble.

“The Mountain Music Trail provides visitors the opportunity to experience local music and culture in historic venues, as well as at festivals celebrating the region’s heritage,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said. “The musical community in West Virginia has always been a very vibrant and active part of the Mountain State’s heritage and we are excited to be able to share their stories with the world.”

“I am so pleased to see the Mountain Music experience come to life in five counties along Route 219. There are so many talented musicians in our area and by creating a destination trail this only adds more for us to offer visitors and residents,” Brenda Pritt, Executive Director of the Randolph County CVB said. “Randolph County certainly has an advantage when it comes to tourism — with heritage, arts culture, history, theaters, trains and now the Mountain Music Trail featuring songs and stories from wonderful musicians.”

“The Augusta Heritage Center is one of many organizations doing an incredible job of preserving and teaching the many traditions found along the Mountain Music Trail,” Vasilia Scouras, Associate Producer of Mountain Stage said. “Tonight’s performance by the Davis & Elkins Appalachian Ensemble is a perfect example of passing down tradition while keeping it fresh and relevant for a growing audience.”

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 second 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