Coffee House Live returns Saturday to W.J.

February 27, 2014

The Ashe County Arts Council will sponsor the Coffee House Live! event, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 1 in the Hensley Hall of the West Jefferson Methodist Church.

The featured performers include the Laurel Creek String Band, HardTymes and singer and songwriter; Sharon Mitchel. David Van Hoy will be the host for the evening.

Cecil Gurganus and his wife, Julie started the Laurel Creek String Band many years ago and has had several musicians come and go. Cecil wife is an integral part of the old-time music community in Watauga County, organizing and playing music for square dances, giving presentations in local schools, conducting community “jams” and mentoring and teaching. The Laurel Creek String Band plays the old traditional fiddle tunes and dance music on guitar, banjo, fiddle and bass.

Second generation bluegrass pickers, HardTymes Bluegrass; perform traditional as well as original songs in the style of Flatt and Scruggs and the Country Gentlemen. Bluegrass with HardTymes Bluegrass band includes Dwayne Eller on mandolin, Charley Gibson on guitar, Fred Cox on bass and Tim Lewis on banjo. The musicians have come from a long line of family musicians as well as learning the music from generations of musicians in the high country.

Singer and songwriter Sharon Mitchell has written and performed music professionally for many years in cities including Nashville, Asheville, Boone, West Jefferson, Wilkesboro, Winston-Salem and Greensboro. Now, she resides in Ashe County and teaches at Wilkes Community College. Her original songs are included in the “Hunger and Health Coalition Christmas in the Mountains” albums for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. This worthy project features High Country artists who volunteer their talents to benefit the Hunger and Health Coalition, a non-profit organization located in Boone. For the Coffee House event, she will perform on the piano both original and cover songs.

Multi-talented musician, David Van Hoy, will be the master of ceremonies and will entertain with stories, songs and more. Coffee, tea, soft drinks and the Arts Council’s famous desserts will complement the evening.

Admission at the door is $11 adults and $5 students. For more information, call 336-846-ARTS