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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Liars Bench Southern Appalachian variety show to play "On the Wings of a Snow-White Dove" Religious theme at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center

Well folks, you knew it had to happen. The Liars Bench is moving to larger "summer quarters" at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center. Here's the release:

“An Authentic Traditional Southern Appalachian Storytelling, Music, Poetry, Dramatic, and Folk Arts Live Variety Show”

Artistic Director Of The Liars Bench Announces Premier Show at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center.

Liars Bench Southern Appalachian variety show to play “On the Wings of a Snow White Dove” Religious theme at July Mountain Heritage Center show.

On Thursday July 7 at 7:00 pm The Liars Bench moves to WCUs Mountain Heritage Center in Cullowhee with an “On the Wings of a Snow-White Dove” religious show theme. July’s presentation will be the premier of the Liars Bench show at the prestigious Mountain Heritage Center auditorium and a first with an old-time religion through stories and song motif.

Dr. Gary Carden, artistic director and host of the Liars Bench performs “Go Down Death” with musician Steve Brady. The White Sisters, a Franklin Gospel group, perform “On the Wings of a Snow-White Dove,” among other Gospel favorites. Will Peebles, head of WCUs music department, will demonstrate shape note singing (with audience participation). Mary Fowler, a spiritual singer from Liberty Baptist Church on Scotts Creek, performs “The Goodness of Jesus.” Paul Iarussi, recently featured on Larry the Cable Guy’s “Made in America” will perform old-time claw hammer guitar numbers guaranteed to get your toes tapping. And a mystery guest or two just might put in an appearance—wait and see.

Carden said “the Liars Bench is a special cultural event and an opportunity for the audience to learn about religion in our southern mountain history.

Regular cast members include Gary Carden, Lloyd Arneach, Paul Iarussi, Barbara Duncan, Dave Waldrop, Steve Brady, and the show’s mascot Bodine. The Liars Bench recognizes established regional artists and performers and encourages new talent also. The Liars Bench has been a crowd pleaser from the very first show in June of 2010 promoting any and all aspects of Appalachian culture.

“The Liars Bench is a unique blend of culturally accurate mountain Americana with traditional Southern Appalachian entertainment for everyone. We attempt to treat Appalachian culture with integrity and authenticity and to be an accurate reflection of the Southern Highlanders and their ways. This show is one you will not want to miss” said Carden.

The Liars Bench was created in the early summer of 2010 by Gary Carden to promote Southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry, drama, and folk arts.

Coming Thursday August 4 at 7:00 pm at the MHC: “Cherokee in a Changing World: Traditional and contemporary legends and lore.”


Come visit with us, set a spell, tap your toes,  and enjoy great authentic traditional Southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry, drama, and folk arts live at the Mountain Heritage Center Thursday July 7 at 7pm. Hope to see you all there!

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