Sherry Lovett and Lillian ChasePart of the 2nd Sundays @ The Center Series
In August we are featuring story teller Sherry Lovett and 14 year old fiddler, Lillian Chase,
CAI presents Sherry Lovett, storyteller, and renown 14 year-old musician Lillian Chase in an afternoon of traditional Appalachian words and blue grass music.
Sherry Lovett has been a middle school teacher, elementary media specialist, homeschooler, educational cooperative leader, teaching artist for Penland School of Crafts, workshop facilitator, and, through it all, a storyteller. Through haunting ballads, historic narratives, and wise and wonderful folktales, Sherry swirls together a magical stew to delight audiences from school assemblies to a variety of adult performances. She connects with her audiences through universal themes and delivers stories with beautiful language and graceful movements. Her mission is to inspire, encourage, entertain, and connect with people through the art of storytelling.
Sixth generation Western North Carolina native, Lillian Chase, may be young, but she’s no stranger to old-time and bluegrass music. She began playing music at 6 years of age and now the 14 year old fiddler from Weaverville, NC has released her debut album. The CD highlights collaborations of the young fiddler with nationally and regionally known musicians she considers important mentors in her traditional music education. She has shared the stage with traditional music greats like Bobby Hicks, April Verch, Bruce Molsky, Riley Baugus, Pete Sutherland, and John Doyle, and many of these people appear on the album.
The recording was made possible for Lillian through an award from the Acadia School of Traditional Music & Arts. The music school recognized her work and interest in traditional music through their 2017 Young Artist of the Year award. The award’s stated focus is to fund a young artist’s first professional recording, and to help launch the musical careers of the best and brightest young musicians of the next generation.
Lillian received several awards in 2017, including the prestigious Wayne Henderson scholarship. Celebrated flat pick guitarist Wayne Henderson sets aside proceeds from his annual festival to give to up-and-coming acoustic artists, specifically for their study of traditional Appalachian music. The Houston Caldwell Scholarship, given by HoustonFest in Galax, VA, also selected Chase as a winner this year for traditional music study.
2nd Sundays @ The Center is a series of unique events tailored to the reflective spirit of Sundays. Relax in the warm and intimate setting of The Center and let yourself unwind as you listen to live music. Then, allow our professional storytellers to take you on a journey through time, evoking history, memory, and connection. Each month we bring you a unique program with story and music themed for an immersive experience.
To reserve a seat for this series, please purchase tickets online or call the box office at 828-697-8547.