Arts Council sponsors Talent Night

November 21, 2013

The Ashe County Arts Council will sponsor the Coffee House Talent Night at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at the West Jefferson Methodist Church’s Hensley Hall.

Coffee House has become an Arts Council tradition and an audience favorite. It offers an unique opportunity for local and regional performers to showcase their talents in an intimate and relaxed setting.

The Clay Lunsford Americana Quartet will make its Coffee House debut with an eclectic repertoire of fast banjo tunes, thumb and finger style guitar with vocals. Lunsford formed the North Carolina Thumbpickers group in 1999 to preserve the history of thumb and finger-style guitar playing in North Carolina.

The quartet is multi-talented with bass, piano, guitar, banjo and more. The quartet includes Lunsford on guitar and banjo, Brenda Wallace with vocals and percussion, Casey Vanhoy on piano and JP VanHoy on bass.

The Mountain Laurels from Boone, will be joining the Coffee House line-up. The group’s repertoire includes an eclectic blend of Celtic, Old English, Folk, Renaissance and Chamber music.

From the delicate to the danceable this well-seasoned and rare ensemble serves up a gourmet performance of lush strings, flavored by Connie Woolard on hammer dulcimer, Rhonda Lorence on violin and Elaine Gray on 12-string guitar. The strings are complemented by the flute from Sarah Miller with Lisa McNeal and Suzi Mills on acoustic bass and vocals.

This lively group will get your feet tapping and your heart pumping with brisk jigs, reels, and hornpipes and then sway you into a sentimental, bittersweet state with an enchanting waltz.

The Elkville String Band, from Wilkes County, performs a diverse repertoire of old-time mountain music. They have developed their own sound but strive to keep the old ballads and songs from the Appalachian area alive. The band plays songs that date back from the early 1800s up to the ’50s and ’60s.

The band performs old-time, bluegrass, traditional, gospel and blues. Band members have come and gone over the years, this performance will include Bill Williams, Herb Key, Trevor McKenzie and Jim Lloyd.

Rounding out the Coffee House evening will be MC Sharon Kasel along with a few of her friends telling tall tales and true stories, singing songs and throwing in a few surprises along the way.

Admission is available at the door and is $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, call (336) 846-2787.