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B8 Life Happens: Reflections of Life Through Film

Description: Join this multi-faceted class that will reverberate with the music, voices and cultures from the Blue Ridge Mountains, across the Shenandoah Valley, and from the Appalachians.

Phyllis and Jim Gaskins have studied with the Appalachian masters of fiddlers and dulcimer players since the 1970s. Phyllis will bring several dulcimers to demonstrate the styles and history of dulcimer playing, and entertain us with songs. Jim will speak about the string band tradition and demonstrate old style banjo and fiddle playing. The duo will also perform some tunes together, tell some personal anecdotes of musical travels, and take questions.

Clyde Jenkins will weave mountain folk stories handed down from his family while explaining the entire basket-making process from the selection of the wood to the final product. Clyde teaches basket making across the country, including at the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, and the National Folk Festival. He has baskets displayed at the Smithsonian and Colonial Williamsburg.

Jim Lawson whose mother and maternal grandparents were former "Park People," has made this part of his heritage and its history an ongoing study. Jim volunteers for the Shenandoah National Park, and our own LLI. Jim will discuss mountain culture, legends and stories emphasizing our local area.

Mel Lee's love of traditional music has been a passion since the 1960's. He has performed a variety of folk music solo and with several bands. His class will include the definition, the prevalence, and preservation of Southern Appalachians ballads, and Celtic history as it applies to the Irish and Scots Appalachians settlers. Live singing and recordings of traditional ballad singers will be included.

Charles Maddox has taught in the JMU Department of Art and Art History since 1999. He has led lectures and workshops on American traditional music since 1985, and been the naturalist and folk musician at Big Meadows Lodge, SNP. Charles will bring a selection of instruments: a hammer dulcimer, lap dulcimer, banjo, guitar, autoharp, Jew's harp, bones, limberjack, and washboard, and perform with them. The class will join in singing some traditional songs.


Payment Information: Payment is due at time of registration and must be made by credit card (AMEX, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.) There is a $5 credit card convenience fee assessed at the time of payment. You will be redirected to the payment web site after clicking submit. Please have your credit card ready. Once payment is successfully completed, you will receive a payment receipt and a registration confirmation by email.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to one week before the class start date, and receive a full refund (minus any credit card processing fees.) After that date, no refunds will be given.

For registration questions, please contact Lifelong Learning Institute at or 540/568.2923.

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