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Six Days of Disconnect: Memoirs from the Trail [2008] PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Rogers Thomas   
Saturday, 30 August 2008 17:00

 

DAY ONE 

“How many cans of SpaghettiO’s did you pack, anyway?” my husband asked barely masking his annoyance as he helped me hoist my panniers onto my back bicycle rack.  I could  tell that he was beginning to have serious reservations about my plan to take a solo bicycle sojourn of the C&O Canal and Greater Allegheny Passage.

 

 

We’d arrived in Georgetown, unloading my gear within sight of mile marker zero—the Canal’s famed starting point (or ending point, depending on your perspective) off the Potomac River. This was it, my big adventure was about to begin. Planning ahead has never been one of my strengths and the fact that I was pulling together my camping gear at 11 pm the night before when we’d ...

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FSU Presents: Our People, Our Place, Our Coal PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara RogersThomas   
Wednesday, 29 October 2008 18:03

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Mountain Maryland's rich coal history takes center stage as Frostburg State University's Cultural Events Series presents Our People, Our Place, Our Coal, Monday, November 10, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of the University's Performing Arts Center.  The program, which follows up on Grammy Award-winning musician Kathy Mattea's Sunday performance, will explore the multifaceted legacy of the coal industry in Western Maryland.

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Mattea Plays to Packed House PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tom Paine   
Thursday, 13 November 2008 20:00

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On November 9, 2008 the 500-seat auditorium at the new high school in Frostburg was packed with fans eager to hear Kathy Mattea. This was her final stop on her tour to promote her n ew CD, "Coal."


The country folk star took her performance gently into the "message music" direction by spicing her menu with a few "Coal" songs. She opened with "Dark as a Dungeon" and then added an up-tempo version of Jean Ritchie's "The L & N Don't Stop Here Anymore" with the guitars and mandolin imitating a fast-moving train.

 

The three band members showed their instrumental expertise on several numbers with the slap bassist getting the loudest applause for his solos. Her steady finger-picking steady sideman guitarist, Bill Cooley, drove most ensemble numbers.

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Roots Music Goes Irish PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara RogersThomas   
Thursday, 02 October 2008 21:19

 

The Hedge Band to Perform in Frostburg

 

On Saturday, October 11, 2008 four pre-eminent Baltimore-based Irish traditional musicians will perform at Frostburg's Historic Palace Theatre. Billing themselves as The Hedge Band acclaimed musicians Billy McComiskey, Donna Long, Laura Byrne Egan, and Pat Egan bring the spirit of Ireland to our own backyard.


The concert is the latest installment of the Allegany Arts Council's successful Roots Music Series, which pairs together performances with instrument workshops in an effort to bolster Mountain Maryland's own traditional music scene.

 

Mountain Maryland's handful of Irish Traditional musicians hope that the evening will recapture some of the magic they witnessed on a recent trip to Baltimore where a ...

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Photo Festival Tour PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Davis   
Saturday, 27 September 2008 23:32

 

 

Hello to all of you Appalachian folks!

 

In case you had the misfortune to miss the 3rd Annual [2008] FSU Appalachian Festival festivities that took place last Saturday up on the bucolic campus of the Bobcats (sorry, Susan, no catamounts here in western Maryland), you can at least get a second chance by checking out some photos of the good-times had by the ethusiastic crowd that thronged the quad on that nippy morn that morphed to toasty afternoon. Hope you enjoy.


The Appalachian Festival, brought to you by our neighbors at FSU, headed up by the Prof of the Folklife and Sociology Department, Kara Rogers Thomas.

 

 

 

 

 

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