|BrAcclaimed folk singer and musician Elizabeth LaPrelle has been studying and performing Appalachian ballads and old-time songs since she was eleven years old. On Saturday, March 30, 2019, she will be teaching elements of what she has learned – and giving a performance – at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Historic Downtown Bristol, Virginia-Tennessee.
That afternoon at 2:00 p.m. EST, Elizabeth will host a free workshop at the museum, teaching a variety of traditional Appalachian songs as repertoire, using them as a springboard to talk about the voice and how to use it in solo performance. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the “mountain” sound through listening and practicing exercises as a group. Anyone who is willing will be given the opportunity to perform solo! There is no cost for the workshop, but space is limited so participants are asked to RSVP through the Events page at BirthplaceOfCountryMusic.org.
Later that evening, join us at 7:00 p.m. EST for a concert in the museum’s Performance Theater as Elizabeth performs a variety of evocative Appalachian ballads and old-time songs. Tickets to the performance are on sale now for $15 through the Events page at BirthplaceOfCountryMusic.org.
Raised in Rural Retreat, Virginia, Elizabeth grew up in a home where she was always singing and that was surrounded by a community with many fine old-time musicians. She has developed her repertoire from neighbors like Jim Lloyd, under the tutelage of powerful female ballad singers Ginny Hawker and Sheila Kay Adams, and from a wealth of field recordings of legendary singers from the mountains. She received her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary with a major in Southern Appalachian Traditional Performance, and in 2011 formed performance duo “Anna & Elizabeth” with Anna Roberts-Gevalt. She now tours the US regularly both performing and teaching.
The Elizabeth LaPrelle workshop and concert are presented by The Crooked Road On Tour and is partially supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Special thanks to the Massengill-DeFriece Foundation for their support of Reading Appalachia and its related programming.
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