Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Lexington Virginia Music Festival

Upriver brings a show for the whole family that is an educational and a step back in time to the the Appalachian Mountains with Bluegrass, Folk, and Celtic Music to the Lime Kiln stage on on Sunday, July 24, 2011.

Upriver includes Dan Moorefield, with musical roots that stem back to Ireland, is featured on vocals, fiddle, guitar, and piano. Dan has a Masters degree in Education and provides not only entertaining music but also local history during his shows. Teresa Morrison adds a large amount of variety to the group as a talented artist on a multitude of instruments including the Irish tin whistle, alto recorder, tenor banjo, mandolin, bouzouki, and guitars. Both Teresa and Dan are committed to music education and Scots Irish heritage.

The band is occasionally joined by Myra Morrison. Myra is featured on fiddle, piano, and vocals. She is an award winning fiddle player and, like Teresa, teaches music at the Wayne Center of the arts. Their larger band adds an upright bass. The four piece band is used for large venues, festivals, large concerts, and dances.

Upriver is committed to education through music. They are active with music based enrichment and educational youth programs with activities to expose children to a variety of instruments, history, and culture. The group specializes in playing entertaining music while weaving in stories to tell how it came to be an integral part of our local culture. The performing artists and education specialists pride themselves on their goal to provide the audience with an experience that will thrill and entertain musically, and educate and enrich through oral tradition.

Upriver’s fifteen track album ‘Together This Time,’ features original music and old time favorites. The album contains a haunting rendition of the Appalachian classic ‘Shenandoah.’ This is music that is rarely heard on radio or television. It is tradition and legacy of rural American music that has been passed down through generations. The music is reminiscent of a time before technology when musicians were counted upon to provide entertainment were held in high esteem in the community.

This show is a wonderful event for families because of the focus and the artists' background in education. The concert on will be sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank and the gates and concessions will open at 6:00 pm and the show will begin at 7:30 pm. Advanced ticket prices are as follows; Adult - $20, Senior 60+ - $18, Child 12 & under - $10. Don’t miss out on this educational concert showcasing great Appalachian, Folk, Bluegrass, and Celtic Music. Call (540)463-7088 for tickets.

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