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Festival of Mountian Music
July 2, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Kick off the 4th of July week at the Festival of Mountain Music, as four-time Grammy award winner, David Holt hosts four of the most exciting acts performing music of the southern mountains today! Bring your lawn chair and join us under the tent in Freshfields Village for an afternoon of great music, dancing, and celebration for all ages. The complimentary event is sponsored by the Town of Kiawah Arts and Cultural Events Fun.
Performance Line up:
David Holt and Josh Goforth – A Two Man Tornado of Tunes and Tales: Four-time Grammy Award winner David Holt and rising acoustic music star and Grammy nominee, Josh Goforth join to bring to life the joy and spirit of old time mountain music and stories. Between them they combine the sounds of guitar, banjo, fiddle, slide guitar, mandolin, and a world of exciting rhythm instruments from hambone (body slapping) rhythms, to spoons, stump-fiddle, rhythm bones, jaw harp, and even paper bag. The pair will perform a set David has collected from the old-time mountaineers over the last 45 years from Doc Watson, Roy Acuff and Susie Brunson, the oldest person in the world.
The Jeff Little Trio: A virtuosity on piano and guitar. With few exceptions, the piano does not play a prominent part in Appalachian or Americana music, but Jeff Little is an exception with his distinctive two-handed style, much influenced by the mountain flat-picked guitar tradition, is breathtaking in its speed, precision and clarity. Joining him is Steve Lewis is an award-winning guitar and banjo player and is one of the most respected acoustic musicians in the country. Rounding out the trio is upright bass master Josh Scott featured on stage and in the studio with many critically acclaimed artists of acoustic and Americana music.
Amythyst Kiah: A professed Southern Gothic songster based in Johnson City, TN, Amythyst Kiah’s commanding stage presence is only matched by her raw and powerful vocals—a deeply moving, hypnotic sound that stirs echoes of a distant and restless past. Her eclectic influences span decades, drawing heavily on old time music, inspired by strong R&B and country music vocalists from the ’50s-’70s and influenced by contemporary artists with powerful vocal integrity. Provocative and coolly fierce, Amythyst Kiah’s ability to cross the boundaries of blues and old-time through reinterpretation is groundbreaking and simply unforgettable. Kahn will perform part of her set solo and then be joined by Josh and David.
David Holt and the Lightning Bolts: This five piece band brings alive the joy and spirit of old-time mountain music with a new time jolt. The band, David Holt, Josh Goforth, Laura Boosinger, Byron Hedgepeth and Jeff Hersk, bring a sound that is full, driving and energetic. Lead by Four-time Grammy Award winner David Holt who is a musician, storyteller, historian, television host and entertainer, dedicated to performing and preserving traditional American music and stories. Holt plays ten acoustic instruments and has released numerous recordings of traditional mountain music and southern folktales. Holt is well known for his television and radio series. Currently, he is hosting the PBS series David Holt’s State of Music, featuring some of the regions finest musicians including Rhiannon Giddens, Steep Canyon Rangers and Balsam Range. David was inducted in the North Carolina Hall of Fame in 2016. Last time they were at Kiawah there was standing room only!
Everybody returns to the stage for a big finale of Americana tunes to take you into your Independence Day celebrations.