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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Update on "Cherokee in a Changing World"

The Liars Bench
"An Authentic, Traditional Southern Appalachian Storytelling, Music, Poetry, Drama, Folk arts Live Presentation”

Coming Thursday August 4 at 7pm at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center auditorium (828-227-7129) The Liars Bench presents the theme "Cherokee in a Changing World." Lloyd Arneach and Gary Carden will tell a story about the Legend of the Nunnihi/When the Tourist Came and Paul Iarussi plays his great old-time claw hammer guitar music.

Our special guests will be Barbara McRae of the Franklin Press presenting the mysteries of the Nikwasi mound on the Little Tennessee river; Jane Eastman, Director of Cherokee studies at WCU, with a presentation on the Cherokee village at WCU; Davy Arch with a presentation on the Booger Dance and other Cherokee ceremonial dances; and Robert Conley, holder of the Sequoyah Distinguished Professor chair in Cherokee Studies at WCU, presents “Cherokee in a Changing World."

If we have time we may include a discussion of Margaret Siler’s book about the Cherokees who lived in Macon County before the Europeans came.
This presentation of The Liars Bench may prove to be the most informative and entertaining show that we have had since our beginning in June of 2010. As always be prepared for a surprise guest or two. We hope you’ll be there and bring a friend!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Liars Bench--"Cherokee in a Changing World"

The Liars Bench
"An Authentic, Traditional Southern Appalachian Storytelling, Music, Poetry, Drama, Folkarts Live Presentation
Coming Thursday August 4 at 7pm at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center auditorium (828-227-7129) the Liars Bench presents the theme "Cherokee in a Changing World." Possible presentations include Gary Carden & Lloyd Arneach--storytelling, Paul Iarussi--music and discussion with such topics as the Nikwasi Mound, the meaning of "The Booger Dance" and the Legend of the Nunnihi.
Some notables coming to the Liars Bench will be Barbara McRae—Nikwasi, Robert Conley—Cherokee in a Changing World, and Jane Eastman—Cherokees beneath WCU. We may include a discussion of Margaret Siler's book about the Cherokees who once lived in Macon County....and we are hoping to have a Cherokee quartet. As always be prepared for a mystery guest or two. See you there!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Liars Bench "Breaks a Leg" at Franklin Folk Festival


Folks, the Liars Bench does it again at the Franklin Folk Festival!
Creator and artistic director Gary Cardin, 
old-time music rising star Paul Iarussi of The Sweet tater Band,
Lloyd Arneach, probably the greatest living Cherokee story teller,
and Dave Waldrop, Jackson County's own, almost famous singer/song writer 
 all entertained and thrilled the crowds this past Saturday at the long-running Franklin Folk Festival.

What we didn't expect was the many fans willing to climb the steep steps to the second floor stage where we were performing--but they did.
Wherever I looked there were smiling, happy faces.

As always, you the loyal Liars Bench fans make the show what it is--WNCs only authentic, traditional Southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry, dramatic, folk art, live variety show--a cultural and entertainment phenomenon.
Thank you so very much.
Coming Thursday August 4 at 7pm at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center auditorium (828-227-7129) 
the Liars Bench presents the theme "Cherokee in a Changing World." Possible presentations include storytelling, music and discussion with such topics as the Nikwasi Mound, the meaning of "The Booger Dance" and the Legend of the Nunnihi. We are hoping to lure some Cherokee notables including Robert Conley, former Chief Robert Youngdeer and author Barbara McRae who wrote a definitive pamphlet on the Nikwasi Mound. If time permits and folks are forthcoming, we may include a discussion of Margaret Siler's book about the Cherokees who once lived in Macon County....and we are hoping to have a Cherokee quartet. As always be prepared for a mystery guest or two. See you there!
The Liars Bench Bunch
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Friday, July 8, 2011

Full House at Liars Bench Inaugural Show in WCU Mountain Heritage Center

Ladies and gentlemen. This past Thursday evening was astounding. Jackson County's own, The Liars Bench, pulled in a full house at it's inaugural show at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center. "On the Wings of a Snow White Dove" was the theme and the audience loved it. Here's the pictures to prove it.
Paul Iarussi opens the show with "I'll fly Away."
The Passmores and friends--good old gospel music!
World famous Cherokee story teller Lloyd Arneach enthralls the crowd with the Cullowhee "Him-a-layin' possum" and the "Possum and the Turtle."
Gary with Steve Brady accompanying recitating "Go Down Death."
 Mary Fowler singing "The Goodness of Jesus."
The appreciative audience. Loyal fans, one and all!
Dave Waldrop performed an audience sing-a-long "Love Everybody."
William Ritter and Bodine do a duet!
Will Peebles leading the audience in shape note singing of "Angel Band."
Gary Carden--Creator and Artistic Director of The Liars Bench--"An authentic traditional Southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry, dramatic, and folkarts live variety show."
A BIG THANK YOU to our loyal fans!
Our next show is on Saturday July 16 at the Franklin Folk Festival in Franklin, NC
http://www.renewingfranklin.org/folk.html ; 828-524-2516; lschlott@franklinnc.com



Our next show at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center (828-227-7129) is on Thursday August 4 at 7pm where the theme will be
"Cherokee in a Changing World."


Cordially,
Carl Iobst
Public Relations/Publicity
The Liars Bench
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