David Holt to Headline “Fires Burning Series” in November
Four-time Grammy award-winning musician, storyteller, historian and cultural preservationist David Holt will be featured in the November installment of the Center for Cultural Preservation’s program series KEEPING THE FIRES BURNING on Wednesday, November 5th at 7PM. The series highlights Western North Carolina’s heritage heroes who are keeping alive mountain culture and passing it on to future generations. The program is titled,A Musical Conversation with David Holt,and is planned to be an interactive experience with the audience on Holt’s connection with Appalachian culture and traditions.
Holt is well known for his television and radio series. He is host of public television’s Folkways, a North Carolina program that takes the viewer through the Southern Mountains visiting traditional craftsmen and musicians. He is the consummate performer, playing ten acoustic instruments and having released numerous recordings of traditional mountain music and southern folktales. According to Holt,“The traditional music of this region is a cultural treasure. Few areas of the country have such a rich musical history. Mountain music still resonates with us today. While it is always changing the roots of mountain music run deep and keep us connected to our past and at the same time bring the musical wisdom of the past with us into the future.”
This special program will be held at Blue Ridge Community College’s Bo Thomas Auditorium. There is a suggested donation of $10 at the door. FutureKeeping the Fires Burningprograms include:
- The Mountains Are Alive With Bluegrassfeaturing Grammy Award winner Marc Pruett and acclaimed mandolinist Darren Nicholson, both members ofBalsam Range,December 4, 7:00 PM, Bo Thomas Auditorium
- Songcatcher: Mountain Ballad Musicfeaturing Donna Ray Norton and Melanie Rice Penland, February 5, 7:00 PM, Patton Building
- Green River Valley Storiesfeaturing bestselling author Robert Morgan, Mar. 3, 7:00 PM, Patton Building
The Center for Cultural Preservation is a cultural nonprofit organization dedicated to working for mountain heritage continuity through oral history, documentary film, education and public programs. For more information about the Center or theKeeping the Fires Burning Series, contact them at(828) 692-8062orwww.saveculture.org. The series is cosponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council and Henderson County History and Genealogical Society, Liquid Logic Kayaks and Holly Spring Farm.