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The Arts Alliance Mountain Empire’s Public Speaker Series kicks off its fall programming with An Evening of Song and Story with Jack Beck and Wendy Welch on November 7.
Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Scots balladeer Jack Beck (a native of Dunfermline in Scotland) is an honorary life member of the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland and was external examiner in Scots Song for the Degree programme in Scots Music Performance at the prestigious Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow.
Wendy Beck is a storyteller who founded the American Folklore Society’s Storytelling Section and was the former branch secretary of the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland. Her best-selling memoir The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book is now in its fourth printing.
A recent venture for Jack and Wendy is an “infotainment” called “Stranger in This Country” in which Jack and Wendy examine Scots and American versions of the same songs and ballads. This has been performed both in Scotland—twice at the Celtic Connections Festival—and in the United States from South Carolina to New York and all points in between.
The event is free and open to the public; doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The Arts Alliance Mountain Empire (AAME) is a nonprofit arts council serving artists, arts organizations, and other cultural endeavors throughout East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.