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A workshop on learning to play clawhammer style banjo will be taught on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Teaching the workshop will be Wayne Erbsen, who says he can teach anyone to play clawhammer banjo.

Erbsen is the author of 30 music instruction books, a professor of Appalachian music at Warren Wilson College and host of “Country Roots,” a show on Asheville’s WCQS radio. The workshop is designed both for absolute novices who have never touched a banjo and also those who play bluegrass banjo and want to learn the clawhammer style.

Erbsen explains the difference between clawhammer and three-finger banjo picking.


The Jackson County Public Library will host a free Aikido class for adults (ages 16 and up) taught by Timm Muth on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m.

Aikido is a traditional Japanese martial art. It is considered a "soft" art that utilizes a variety of throws, pins, and off-balancing techniques to defend against an attack without necessarily harming the attacker. It does not require undue physical strength and can be practiced by almost anyone.


The Lowe Family is a unique group that offers a blend of showstopping classical, Broadway, Irish, jazz, bluegrass, and gospel music, which they bring to life with an amazing six-part harmony that has thrilled audiences around the world for more than 25 years. The group will showcase their extraordinary talents on the stage of the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $19.

Versatile on more than 50 instruments, The Lowe Family has distinguished themselves as supreme performers across the globe and has earned the honor of being known as America’s Most Talented Family. Their music is accompanied by spectacular dance routines and their high-energy, fast-paced variety show leaves audiences breathless.


The Brasstown Concert Association will present Oy Klezmer! at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 at the John C. Campbell Folk School.

“One of the hottest trends in international music today is the resurgence of Klezmer, which features the exhilarating folk music of Eastern Europe,” says Karen Nash, President of the Brasstown Concert Association.

Oy Klezmer! performances hearken back to the days of the original Klezmorim, professional itinerant Jewish musicians who played at festive occasions of Jewish and Christian communities across Europe.


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