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Celebrate the music, culture of Southern Appalachia

Their release, Treasures and Tears, was nominated for the W.C. Handy Award for Best Traditional Recording. They also contributed music to the syndicated television miniseries The Wild West. Their unique renditions of John Henry and Jesse James were used in the National Geographic Society's media project entitled Storytelling in North America. They were also featured on Old Music for New Ears, a video produced by Kentucky Educational Television. Their special passion for the American Civil War inspired the development of The Blue and Gray in Black and White, a historical program that tells stories from the war in music and narrative.

Sparky has been singing songs and telling stories from the American tradition for more than 40 years and has released more than 11 recordings. As a teenager he was active in the civil rights movement, performing freedom songs at marches and sit-ins, often sharing the stage with folk singers like Pete Seeger and Guy Carawan. Rhonda began taking piano lessons from a ragtime player when she was four years old. In 1989 she started performing with Sparky and appears on five recordings with him. They have appeared on numerous radio programs, including National Public Radio's Morning Edition, Prairie Home Companion and Mountain Stage. He also performed in two videos produced by the Public Broadcasting System; Carry it On and Amazing Grace: Music in America.

Admission to Friday's show is $10. For reservations, email tickets@folkus.org or call 440-7444.

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