Mountain Thyme Performed for Herb & Arts
June 7, 2003
The musicians who make up Mountain Thyme live in West Virginia....the
heart of the Appalachian Mountains. Like many West Virginians,
several of them trace their ancestry to immigrants who moved here
from Celtic lands in search of a new life. They brought with them
their families, their music and their independent spirits, and
settled in the beautiful green hills and isolated valleys of our
state. These Scottish and Irish roots can be heard in "traditional"
Appalachian mountain music. This cultural heritage probably accounts
for the special way that Celtic music resonates within the hearts
of the Appalachian people. For us it has meant a special attraction
to the music of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, and England
that gives our repertoire of songs and tunes a distinctive sound
that is both Appalachian and Celtic.
Mountain Thyme's musicians are Pam Curry, Jan Hartstein, Libby
Musser, and Linda Workman. Each contributes uniquely to the sound
and spirit of Mountain Thyme. Between them they play mandolin,
guitar, tenor banjo, bousouki, keyboard, Irish flute, silver flute
and cello. For the Herbs & Arts Concert Mountain Thyme will be
joined by guitarist Tom Thurman from Charleston, WV.
Their performances feature traditional jigs, reels, hornpipes,
waltzes, original compositions, multi-layered vocal harmonies
and unaccompanied singing. Songs encompass rousing accounts of
romantic escapades, melancholy tales of trial and loss, stories
of personal experience and place, and amusing expressions of everyday
What people say about Mountain Thyme:
"I was reconnected to those memorable West Virginia hills and
their counterparts in Ireland and Scotland."
Douglas M. Orr, Jr., President, Warren Wilson College, Asheville,
NC, site of the Swannanoa Gatherings
"You were great and everyone thoroughly enjoyed your show.
You helped make our event a special one to remember."
Museum in the Community
"People all over West Virginia have written and called with
their compliments and admiration for your performance."
Governorıs Arts and Letters Series with Rachael Worby
"We want to congratulate you on being selected to receive the
Celebrate Womenıs Award in the Field of the Arts."
West Virginia Womenıs Commission
"A most enjoyable performance that reflected our musical ties"
Leo Brennan, County Donegal, Ireland
Mountain Thyme has performed at "A Celebration of Appalachian
Celtic Music" and FOOTMAD Concert Series and Festivals of Traditional
Music at The West Virginia Cultural Center in Charleston, WV,
at Huntington's "St. Patrick's Day Festival", at An Bael Boct
Performance Stage in Dublin, Ireland, at The Homestead Resort
in Hot Springs, VA, on "Mountain Stage Performance Radio" and
"Joe Dobbs' Music from the Mountains" on West Virginia Public
Radio and on "Backstage Pass" on West Virginia Public Television,
as well as at the Tamarack Performance Series in Beckley, WV and
at the National Association of Development Organizations Annual
Conference in Washington, D.C.
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