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Traditional Music concert Tuesday

December 2, 2013


Dec. 02--The Kentucky Center for Traditional Music will host its semester finale Tuesday at the Morehead Conference Center, beginning at 7 p.m.

Celtic, bluegrass, old time, country, gospel, and western swing music are among of the types of music to be performed by KCTM students and instructors.

Some holiday tunes will be played to celebrate the season.

"This is one of the greatest parts of the concerts, the variety of music," said Jesse Wells, KCTM music archivist. "This is the best way to experience traditional music, in a live concert atmosphere."

KCTM Director Raymond McLain said this concert highlights all of the work and progress of the students.

"Students not only learn the technical aspects of music but also performance, which includes putting together a show that is entertaining for an audience," said McLain. "Many of our students are in multiple performance groups and get to explore different types of traditional music."

"For some students this is their first semester and it is a lot of fun to see those students take the stage with all they've learned," added Wells. "This is a great show that highlights our outstanding students."

This will be the first time that the concert is being held at the conference center.

"We usually perform at the Rowan County Arts Center and we love that space but our crowds have outgrown it and we are looking forward to being at the conference center, such a beautiful facility," said Wells.

"We've played on a lot of different stages, in China, in Tennessee, on KET, but it is always nice to come home where family and friends can share the performance," said McLain. "We are in the heart of the region that has made so much traditional music history and is still producing so much talent."

The concert is free and open to the public.

"I hope that if someone hasn't seen a show they will make this their first one and if you've been before, we hope you will come back," said McLain. "I just want everyone to come out and enjoy the music of our heritage."

Shayla Menville can be reached at or by telephone at 784-4116.


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