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Program examines history of Appalachian music
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‘What is Old Time Music?’

What: Lecture by musicians Beverly Smith and John Grimm

When: 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18

Where: Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site, 1 Public Square, Dahlonega

How much: $3.50-$6

As a compliment to Dahlonega’s “Bear on the Square” mountain music festival, the Dahlonega Gold Museum will host a presentation on the history of traditional Appalachian folk music on Wednesday, April 18.

Local musicians John Grimm and Beverly Smith will provide a lecture at 5:30 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session immediately following the lecture. Patrons are welcome to tour the Gold Museum exhibits after the presentation until 7 p.m.

Prior to radios and recordings, people in the Appalachian Mountains made their own music, with each region’s distinctive styles and melodies passed along by oral tradition. The advent of radio led to the decline of this unique playing style, but it was reborn in the folk music revival of the 1960s.

Smith and Grimm are two of the most respected players of old-time music today. Smith has made numerous recordings and has taught and played at many camps and folk festivals.

She is in demand as a guitar player, singer, fiddler, and dance caller and has toured extensively in both the U.S. and the U.K.

Grimm is an award-winning fiddler who plays multiple instruments with many old-time bands.

In addition to his old time performances he teaches fiddle with the highly successful “Pick & Bow” after-school program. He owns and operates Vintage Music on the square in Dahlonega.

The two also will conduct workshops during Dahlonega’s “Bear on the Square” weekend, set for April 21-22.