Highland Park to get some good ol’ mountain music

October 16, 2013 by  

Highland Park music lovers have something to look forward to this month, in the form of Wamfest: The Words and Music Festival – The Appalachian Heritage.

Sponsored in part by Fairleigh Dickinson University and the National Endowment for the Arts, this festival has been organized to celebrate Appalachia’s present and past contribution to our culture and the need to preserve its region and heritage.

Printing services and print company employees may want to get the word out that night music and discussion are on the agenda.

Opening the festival will be the ‘Origins: A Conversation and Performance’, a Grammy-nominated banjo and guitar duo, performing at Dickinson Hall, Wilson Auditorium on Monday October 28, beginning at 7:00 pm.

On the Tuesday afternoon, the Oscar-nominated film Matewan will be shown from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm, in Dreyfuss Hall (room 125) on the Madison campus. It depicts the story of the labor disputes surrounding the 1920s West Virginia’s coal mines. Preceding it will be a discussion with its producer, Maggie Renzi.

Later that evening at Madison’s Lenfell Hall will be an interview with Joe Lovett, from Appalachian Mountain Advocates. That will be followed by actor and Grammy-winning folk singer Ludon Wainwright III presenting The Folk Song: A Performance and Conversation.

On Wednesday, from 2:00 – 3:30pm at the Dreyfuss Theater, also in Madison, Grammy-winner Roseanne Cash and the distinguished poet C.D. Wright will talk and sing. Later that night, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm, Lenfell Hall will present Songs and Stories and All that Jazz with David Olney and Tomi Lunsford.