Dec. 13 at WCU’s Heritage Center
The Liars Bench presents “A Foxfire Christmas with Randy Flack” at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center auditorium Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. Member stars Gary Carden, Lloyd Arneach, Paul Iarussi and Barbara Duncan and guest star Randy Flack perform Southern Appalachian stories, music and song on one stage. Free admission.
Flack, born in WNC and raised in Swain County, is a Nashville recording artist and has performed at the Grand Ole Opry and the Blue Bird Cafe. He learned to play guitar and sing at an early age and has traveled all over the United States performing his own songs and delighting audiences. “I love to play and perform, especially for folks here in the mountains, my home.”
“We're delighted to have Randy perform for us. You just have to hear him and you'll understand—he's unique,” said Carden.
Regular and past cast members include Gary Carden, Lloyd Arneach, Paul Iarussi, William Ritter, the Boys From Tuckasegee, Barbara Duncan, Karen Barnes, Eric Young and the show’s mascot, Bodine, just to name a few. The Liars Bench recognizes established regional artists and performers and encourages new talent also.
“The Liars Bench is a unique blend of culturally accurate mountain Americana with traditional Southern Appalachian entertainment for everyone. We attempt to treat Appalachian culture with integrity and authenticity and to be an accurate reflection of the Southern Highlanders and their ways. These are the stories, music and ways of where I come from and I'm proud of it. No matter how successful the show becomes I want people to know that The Liars Bench is an honest rendering of Appalachian culture and tradition” said Carden.
The Liars Bench was created in the early summer of 2010 by Dr. Gary Carden, recipient of the 2008 Brown-Hudson Folklore Award and the 2012 North Carolina Award for Literature to promote Southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry, drama, and folk arts.