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Arts & Entertainment Mountain music on the square in Franklin Sunday

Balladeers Anne and Rob Lough will present a concert of traditional music on Sunday, June 5, at 4 p.m., on the Macon County Courthouse Plaza, Main Street in downtown Franklin.

The program includes folk songs that reflect the musical heritage of our region and nation, from lilting mountain ballads and songs of the American Frontier, such as “Shenandoah,” to “Barbara Ellen” and other traditional Irish and Scottish tunes, with some tall tales thrown in.

The Loughs are talented and versatile performers who have been making music together for more than 40 years.

Anne began singing and playing at age 14, and has studied, collected, and performed traditional music ever since. She plays many instruments including autoharp, guitar, and mountain and hammer dulcimer, and teaches dulcimer at John C. Campbell Folk School and at festivals and workshops across the country.

Rob grew up playing old-time music with his family, and is widely known for his vocal and guitar accompaniment a nd down-home humor. The Loughs live in Haywood County.

Attendees should bring a lawn chair and sit in the shade of the courthouse, where the artists will perform. In case of rain, the program will be rescheduled. Peppermint Patti’s Ice Cream is sold all Sunday on the Square events.

The programs are sponsored by the Arts Council of Macon County, with support from the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. This is the second of a series of Sundays on the Square.

On Sunday, June 12, at 4 p.m., Mary Ferrick will lead a drumming circle, with many drums and other percussion instruments provided. For more information contact the Arts Council, or (828)524-7683.

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