Film: A Great American Tapestry: The Many Strands of Mountain Music - Friday, February 23, 2018, 7:00PM

A Great American Tapestry: The Many Strands of Mountain Music

Friday, February 23, 2018, 7:00PM – Unity Church, Mills River
$10  Tickets  (event might be sold out, don’t wait to buy tickets at the door)

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Filmmaker David Weintraub presents a screening of his latest film on the rich cultural history of mountain music including the ballad singers from Scotland and Ulster, the African-American string band players, and Cherokee musicians and dancers. A discussion with the filmmaker and principal film participants follows the film screening.

About the Film

The documentary tells the story of the southern mountain’s musical birth and evolution through the strands of the Scots-Irish legacy, oft-overlooked African-American tradition and through the longest lived music in the Americas, the indigenous tradition.  

According to Director/Producer David Weintraub, “Mountain music is often discussed as a Scots-Irish tradition that came over here by the Ulster-Scots and that’s true.  It is a fascinating story.  But what often gets overlooked is that the West African banjo was played in this country by blacks for over 100 years before it was ever picked up by white musicians.  African-Americans also played a key role in developing the syncopated and rhythmic fiddle styles that symbolic of old time and bluegrass music.  The blended cultural result is exactly what makes mountain music as beautiful and captivating as it is.”

The film features the leading luminaries of the ballad tradition including balladeer extraordinaires Sheila Kay Adams, Joe Penland and Bobby McMillion as well as Grammy Award winning founders of the world renowned black string band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee, David Holt, and musicologists and historians who tell the story of the great melting pot that became Appalachian music.

According to Phil Jamison, professor of Appalachian Music at Warren Wilson College and a participant in the film, “The reality of the southern backcountry was a diverse mix of Europeans, African-American and indigenous native peoples.  Not racially, culturally or economically homogeneous, it was home to wealthy landowners, poor tenant farmers, sharecroppers, merchants, subsistence farms and enslaved African-Americans.” All of them shaped the music and made it special.


About The Center for Cultural Preservation

For the most part, historical preservation is often about saving buildings and putting archives behind glass, but the most important part of the fascinating history of this community are the people.  Our mountain elders lived lives without the benefit of a global economy, nor access to many of the things we take for granted today, yet many of them lived fulfilled, rich lives because they had what was most important to them: their land, their family and their faith. 

The Center for Cultural Preservation seeks to preserve the rich heritage of the mountains through a 12 county oral history project that has already videoed nearly 80 mountaineers in 10 counties in Western North Carolina.  We pass on their stories through documentary film, through public programs and through work in the schools to insure that the cultural history of our mountain region does not die with this last generation of mountain elders.

David Weintraub has been an oral historian and filmmaker for over 15 years.  His films have appeared on PBS stations around the country and at film festivals around the world.

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Feed the Kids - Friday, March 2nd

Unity of The Blue Ridge serves in turn with other organizations in support of Feed the Kids Coalition in Henderson County. Volunteers help prepare the food here at Unity of The Blue Ridge, then the food is transferred to the Boys & Girls Club in Hendersonville, where approximately 300 children are served! 

If you would like to volunteer in any area, please contact Geri Conley at:


Sound Healing with Mark Patterson - Friday, March 2nd, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Mark Patterson Sound Healer - Event $20

Mark Patterson was given the ability to assist others through Sound in a Near Death Experience.  Mark channels Pure Tones of Crystal Bowls and is often called a "Human Singing Bowl".

Sound Healing is all about shifting frequencies in the body to a higher vibration  Pure tones release energy blockages in the body.  Mark utilizes crystal bowls, healing rods, sacred geometry, and his uncanny abilities with vocal toning to create a harmonious state in the body. 

Mark will be available for private sessions on Saturday, March 3rd.

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Healing Service - Wednesday, March 7th - 7 - 8:30 PM

Come join Rev. Laura and Linda Jones for an evening of meditative music and crystal bowls, guided meditations, and healing prayer. 

The evening will include time to receive personal healing touch if you wish, through reiki or soaking prayer, to spend time in silence, and to be led through music and words into a state of deep peace.