Mountain Stage Returns to Wesleyan April 6

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

West Virginia Wesleyan College will host Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, the internationally distributed live performance radio program, for the fourth consecutive year. Mountain Stage returns on Sunday, April 6 at 7 p.m. for a performance at the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts. All tickets will go on sale Friday, January 31 at 8 a.m.

The two-hour radio program showcases five guest artists on each episode and records the show for later distribution to 130 NPR stations nationwide and overseas via the Voice of America satellite system. Two guest artists have already been confirmed for April 6, with additional guests to be announced.

Amy Ray and the Teetotallers will be featured performers at the 2014 Mountain Stage show. Amy Ray has released the first single, “Oyster and Pearl,” from her upcoming album, Goodnight Tender. As half of Grammy-winning songwriting folk-rock duo the Indigo Girls, Ray has always been a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll. However, her upcoming solo release, on Ray’s own Decatur-based imprint, Daemon Records on January 28, 2014, will be a career first for her — a pure country music album.

The Teetotallers are three of the most praised and popular virtuosos in Irish traditional music today. Fiddler and violist Martin Hayes, flute, whistle, and bodhrán player Kevin Crawford, and singer, guitarist, and bouzouki and mandola player John Doyle performed together essentially on a whim at the 2010 Sebastopol Celtic Festival in California. But that whim turned into something wondrous for the audience and especially for the three musicians.

Out of that informal, inspired encounter has emerged a formal, formidable new trio now, the Teetotallers, whose potent brand of Irish traditional music is meant to be drunk deeply and repeatedly. The Teetotallers represent a breathtaking summit of talent, skill, and imagination that will captivate followers of Irish traditional and other roots music everywhere.

Three more guest artists will be added to the bill in the coming weeks.

General admission tickets for the event will be $30 in advance and can be purchased at the Office of Campus Life, www.mountainstage.org., or by calling 800-594-TIXX.  A limited number of student tickets will be available on campus through March 7 for $20.

Mountain Stage is a production of West Virginia Public Broadcasting. This episode will be scheduled for later distribution by NPR in spring 2014.