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Ola Belle Reed Song Concert and Writer’s Retreat

  • Ola Belle Reed Song Concert  and Writer’s Retreat

Join singer-songwriter-instrumentalists Cathy Fink, Alice Gerrard, Sam Gleaves, Claire Lynch and Marcy Marxer - the instructor team for the Ola Belle Reed Song Writer’s Retreat - for an incredible evening of music on Saturday, April 13 and on Sunday, April 14 will take place at the Ashe Civic Center.

When: Saturday, April 13
Time:7:30 pm.
Cost: General admission tickets are $16 adults, $5 students.

When: Sunday, April 14
Time: 2:00pm
Cost: Admission to the concert is $10 per person.

The Writer’s Retreat itself will take place on April 12-14, 2019, nestled in the mountains of Ashe County. Top-notch songwriters will give 11 hours of instruction across various levels of songwriting. Add jams, a beautifully produced student showcase and evening concert with instructors to fill a weekend of songwriting inspiration and skill that will keep you writing. 

The program is in honor of Ola Belle Reed, a NEA National Heritage Award winning songwriter and performer from Lansing, NC. Ola Belle played banjo and guitar and wrote songs that required an understanding of the musical traditions of Appalachia while embracing contemporary themes and issues. Her music garnered from country, bluegrass and folk fans. Del McCoury and Marty Stewart had hits with her songs, and literally hundreds of folk musicians have recorded them. The Dust-To-Digital label released a book and two-CD package about Ola Belle and her wide musical influence on others. The venerable instructors this year include:

CATHY FINK: Artistic Director, GRAMMY Award winner, John Lennon Songwriting Contest Winner, multiple songwriting contest winner.

ALICE GERRARD:  International Bluegrass Music Association Hall of Fame Artist/Songwriter, GRAMMY nominee, toured extensively with Ola Belle Reed.

SAM GLEAVES: Young Appalachian artist and tradition bearer, Folk Arts Education Director of the Hindman Settlement School.

CLAIRE LYNCH: International Bluegrass Music Association multi-award winning songwriter and singer, GRAMMY nominee.

MARCY MARXER: GRAMMY Award winner, John Lennon Songwriting Contest Winner, multiple songwriting contest winner.

NOTE: Workshop space is limited. $250.00 adults, $150 students.  Tuition assistance and limited partial scholarships available. Contact the Ashe County Arts Council to reserve your space; credit cards are accepted. AT THIS TIME PLEASE CALL 336-846-2787 TO PURCHASE WITH CREDIT CARD or pay online below.

Where: Ashe County Arts Council
303 School Ave
West Jefferson, NC 28694

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