David Holt partners with local musicians for Jackson concert

art davidholtThe legendary David Holt and local gospel group Mountain Faith will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, May 10, in the Coulter Hall at Western Carolina University as a benefit for the Jackson County chapter of Junior Appalachian Musicians. 


This fast moving musical program is jam-packed with some of the best mountain entertainers found today, with musicians who value mountain musical heritage. Four-time Grammy Award winner David Holt is a musician, storyteller, historian, television host and entertainer, dedicated to performing and preserving traditional American music and stories.

“Many of the people I learned from saw wagon trains,” says Holt. “Now they are watching space shuttles. They’re the last of the pioneer generation. Their music and stories still hold a great deal of meaning and pleasure for us today.”

Holt brings the fun and spirit of old-time music and storytelling to the stage with tales, ballads and tunes told, sung and played on the banjo, slide guitar, guitar, harmonica, bones, spoons and jaw harp. His audiences are constantly involved, learning to play the paper bag, applauding the vitality of his clog dancing, listening to the haunting sound of a 122-year-old mountain banjo, or being spellbound by a ghost story.

Mountain Faith is a young Bluegrass Gospel family from Sylva, who started performing together in 2001.

Opening act is the local band Lonesome Sound. The cost of the performance is $10, with tickets sold at the door. All proceeds from the concert will be used to help sustain the JAM program in Jackson County.

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