The Historic Cowee School, at 51 Cowee School Drive, Franklin, announces its 2014 concert series featuring:
– May 10 - Red June. Asheville’s Red June has been capturing the hearts of audiences all across the country, with a dynamic yet refined sound featuring striking threepart harmonies, electrifying instrumental work, and honest, soulful songwriting. Will Straughan on dobro and guitar, Natalya Weinstein on fiddle, and John Cloyd Miller on mandolin and guitar, blend country, bluegrass, and American roots music with a dash of indie rock sensibility to create something entirely original and inspiring. They are looking forward to a big year of performing, including a return to MerleFest, highlighted with Miller winning first place in the bluegrass category at the venerable Chris Austin Songwriting contest in 2013.
– June 21 - Michael Cleveland & Flamekeepers. Awardwinning fiddler Michael Cleveland brings dynamic traditional bluegrass to the stage with his award-winning band, Flamekeeper. A nine-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association's Fiddle Performer of the Year award, Cleveland and his talented band present a program of tight vocal trios and duos, blistering instrumentals, and fiddle-andbanjo duets that echo the first-generation stars of bluegrass. In 1993, Cleveland made his Grand Ole Opry debut as a guest of Alison Krauss. His list of guest appearances over the years is a who's who of bluegrass legends including Bill Monroe, Jim and Jesse, and Ralph Stanley.
– July 26 - Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen. Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen stir up a tasty bluegrass/newgrass stew simmered from a blend of instrumental, vocal and songwriting skills so hot, it earned them five 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association Award nominations, and wins for members Mike Munford (Banjo Player of the Year) and guitarist Chris Luquette (Momentum Award – Instrumentalist of the Year). Their new album, “On the Edge,” is already making listeners hungry for more.
– August 16 - Historic Cowee School Celebration/Festival Homecoming. A fun-filled afternoon of crafts, vendors, music, and games free to the public. The event marks the first anniversary of the Historic Cowee School kick-off celebration and homecoming. This year will feature several local and regional bands and artisans representing a variety of guilds.
– September 20 - Buncombe Turnpike. The bluegrass quintet of Buncombe Turnpike plays a variety of tunes ranging from traditional and contemporary bluegrass to gospel and hand-crafted originals. Lead singer and bass player, Tom Godleski is also a writer, woodcarver, and storyteller. Joining Godleski is Evan Swink on playing guitar, Joe Trimbach on mandolin, John Duncan on fiddle, and Seth Rhinehart on banjo.
– October 18 - Town Mountain. The sound of the awardwinning group Town Mountain can best be described as traditional bluegrass, albeit with a rough-hewn side to it that is not too slick or glossy. They are a band of the here-and-now, yet they have a groove that is based on the bluesy and swinging sounds explored by the first generation of bluegrass pioneers. Town Mountain will also play at 2014 MerleFest. With the success of their latest album, “Leave The Bottle,” the word is out with some of their best reviews yet.
Concerts begin at 7 p.m. Tickets for the Red June concert are $10 and are available at www.coweeschool.org/music.html, and at the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce. All tickets are general admission. Children ages 6 to 16 are half-price, under 6 are free. Season tickets are available for $50. Tickets purchased online may be picked up at will-call the night of the show. For more information about other activities at the Historic Cowee School, visit the web site at www.coweeschool.org and Facebook page.