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Arts & Entertainment Mountain Heritage Center jam to feature Locust Honey String Band

The Locust Honey String Band includes (from left) Chloe Edmonstone, Meredith Watson and Ariel Dixon.The 2012-13 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will continue Thursday, March 7, with a concert featuring the Locust Honey String Band.

 Asheville-based band’s 7 p.m. performance will be followed by an 8 p.m. jam session in which local musicians are invited to participate.

The Locust Honey String Band organized in 2011 after a group of friends got together to perform for a Fourth of July event. The three women who comprise the group – Chloe Edmonstone, Ariel Dixon and Meredith Watson – use their voices and various combinations of the fiddle, banjo, guitar and bass to create their collective sound of old-time, honky-tonk, blues and traditional country. The group’s debut recording, “He Ain’t No Good,” includes songs from artists such as Uncle Dave Macon, Kitty Wells and Ernest Tubb, as well as an original song by Edmonstone.

The concerts and jam sessions will continue at the Mountain Heritage Center through the early spring, with Phil and Gaye Johnson set to perform April 4.

Pickers and singers of all ages and experience levels are invited to take part in the jam sessions, and the events also are open to those who just want to listen. The Mountain Heritage Center is located on the ground floor of WCU’s H.F. Robinson Administration Building.

For more information, call the museum at (828)227-7129.


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