ISSUED: 14 March 2019
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Speak Story Series, part of Shepherd University’s Appalachian Studies Program, presents Michael and Carrie Kline, 2019 Appalachian Heritage Storytellers-in-Residence, for performances and a workshop in April. Activities will include:
Sunday, April 7
- 2-5 p.m.— A workshop, “Listening for a Change: Gathering Local Memory and Wisdom,” Cumberland Room, Student Center. Admission is $20.
- 7 p.m.—Auditions for Revelations, a theatrical presentation about Appalachian resilience in lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people, Cumberland Room, Student Center. Rehearsals will take place during the week.
Tuesday, April 9
- 7:30 p.m.—“Granny Get Your Stick and Come and Walk with Me: Old Time Songs and the Stories They Tell,” Reynolds Hall. Admission is $12 at the door, with express entry for Speak season ticket holders, and free to full-time Shepherd students with a valid Rambler ID.
Friday, April 12
- 7:30 p.m.—Performance of Revelations, Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education auditorium. Admission is free, but a $10 donation, which will go to a local nonprofit that works with LGBTQ community members, is requested.
The Klines live and breathe Appalachian culture and music. They have spent years recording music and spoken narrative in Cherokee, North Carolina, the Appalachian coalfields, mountainside farms, and industrial areas from Cincinnati to New England. They weave West Virginia stories and folklore with spine-tingling harmonies on voice and guitar.
For more information, visit https://www.speakstoryseries.com/.
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