BY WILLIE DODSON, CENTRAL APPALACHIAN FIELD COORDINATOR, APPALACHIAN VOICES
Acclaimed West Virginia folk singers and story-tellers Michael and Carrie Kline will be the featured performers at Mountain Music and Medicinals at the Holler Contemporary Appalachian Art Gallery at 900 Mercer St. in downtown Princeton on Thursday, June 21st. Mountain Music and Medicinals is an event series that brings together live musical performance with workshops about traditional herbal healing, and tools for building an herbal economy in Appalachia. The event is free and open to the public.
The evening’s program will begin at 6:30pm with a talk by Emily Lachniet of Abingdon, VA-based Appalachian Sustainable Development. Michael and Carrie Kline’s performance will follow at 7:30 pm.
Lachniet will speak about the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmers Coalition, and other resources available to individuals who want to earn money in the cultivation and sustainable wild-foraging of medicinal herbs in the Appalachian region. The presentation will include information about what herbs are in demand, how to get started as an herb grower/gatherer, how to identify a good area in the woods for growing herbs, and who to call for assistance. While maintaining a focus on helping individuals enter the herbal economy, Lachniet also views cultivating ginseng and other heavily harvested herbs as an important strategy to conserve these species.
Michael and Carrie Kline of Elkins, WV present their music both as entertainment and social history, with engaging ease and hard-hitting passion. The duo has spent years recording music and spoken narrative in Cherokee, North Carolina, the Appalachian coalfields and mountainside farms, along with industrial cities from Cincinnati to New England. The Klines’ high mountain harmony vocals meld with their intertwining bass lines on two guitars, with Michael’s melodic flat-picking guitar playing and Carrie’s dynamic backup.
Wise, VA-based Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards (SAMS) have organized a dozen Mountain Music and Medicinals events since 2015 across Southwest Virginia and Southern West Virginia. The Princeton event is a partnership between SAMS, Coal River Mountain Watch, Appalachian Sustainable Development, Appalachian Voices, and the Holler Contemporary Appalachian Art Gallery.