We’re looking forward to Spring! We’re energized by change, by growth, by the opportunities to connect and share through creativity and music. We are so looking forward to the Great Southeast Homeschool Convention in Greenville, SC on March 16-18! It will be our third year at this event. Our previous experiences have been joyful, meeting families, seeing the enthusiasm of children as they learn to make music in moments, sharing in the experiences of enrichment and growth, contributing to creative culture and education. We can’t wait! We’re working hard to bring quality instruments to budding young musicians and to the budding young musicians at heart too! We look forward to meeting you all. Happy Spring!
On Saturday, August 22 we were privileged to be a part of FOLKFabulous, hosted by the McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. The event opened McKissick’s newest exhibition titled, Heard at Every Turn: Traditional Music in South Carolina. This exhibit is part of McKissick’s Diverse Voices series, which celebrates the traditional arts and folkways of the Southeastern United States. We had the opportunity to talk a bit about the creative process and to sell our finished instruments. It was great fun sharing our love of music with fellow enthusiasts, as well joining with traditional musical performers, instrument makers, and community music advocates from all over the state for this day of education and music making fun!
Our tent in the McKissick Museum’s courtyard at the University of South Carolina.
We were able to show instruments in various stages of production and share a bit about our process.
Bill had a special opportunity to share some fiddling pointers with a new friend, Ethan and his wonderful mom, Samantha. Ethan is a fifth grader beginning his 2nd year with violin.
We met Harold Wayne Turner, a fellow luthier whose work is on exhibit at the museum. Here he is with one of his beautiful dulcimers.
We enjoyed music throughout the day. These artists represent the rich musical culture of our state.
Grupo Frenesi Digital
Minister Jarell Smalls & Company
El-Shaddai Ambassadors Choir
John Thomas Fowler
Milly Billy Blues
We want to give a very great “Thank You!” to Doug Peach who found us at Taylors Mill and invited us to be a part of this amazing day.
We look forward to more opportunities supporting music education and sharing in the rich creative culture of our region through demonstrations and public speaking.
The Southern Bleachery at Taylors Mill closed it’s doors in 1965. On June 5, 2015 Appalachian Spirit Folk Instruments was proud to be a part of the revival of this historic site as a vibrant community of artisans and creators. The turnout for this event was tremendous. We enjoyed a busy and successful evening meeting wonderful people and sharing our passion. Here are some photos taken as this incredible evening was winding down.
Zithers on display
Zither books by Debbie Center at World of Harmony Music with Liza’s zither.
Bill speaking with customers.
More of the mill…
The Art Gallery
Liza’s artwork on display in the gallery.
Art by Joe Everson
The Photo Bus
Our neighbor, Joe’s Studio
Nick Ring Studios
The end of a great evening.
Appalachian Spirit Folk Instruments is proud to join World of Harmony Music at the 2015 Southeast Homeschool Convention in Greenville, South Carolina from March 12 – 14. This event will be held at the TD Convention Center 1 Exposition Dr, Greenville, SC 29607. Parking is free and there will also be free admission to the Exhibition Hall on Thursday, March 12 from 6pm – 9pm. We hope to see you there!
Spent our First Friday evening at Taylors Mill listening to sweet Appalachian music, meeting new friends and zitherin’ away. We met some great people and enjoyed watching their excitement at playing a zither for the first time. One visitor is a physical therapist who spoke about the potential benefit of the instrument as a therapeutic tool.
We’re looking forward to completing these beauties in cedar, cherry and maple.