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Sunday, January 29, 2012

TWO BIG LIARS BENCH SHOWS!

 
The Liars Bench presents Storytelling, Oldtime Music, and Dr. Gary Carden's dramatic monologue "Coy," the poignant story of a young man facing his grandfather's and his own mortality; played by Tom DeWees.
First performance: Thursday February 16, 2012 @ 7:00 pm at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center.
Second performance: Thursday February 23, 2012 @ 7:00 pm also at the Mountain Heritage Center.
Admission Only $10.00!
Advance ticket sales at City Lights Bookstore, 3 East Jackson Street, Sylva and are limited to 92 seats for each performance. Call 828.586.9499.
Liars Bench member artists Gary Carden, Lloyd Arneach, Paul Iarussi, William Ritter, and others bring you Southern Appalachian Culture, History, and Entertainment at its Best.
Hurry, Get Your Tickets Today!

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The Mountain Heritage Center at WCU: 828.227.7129

Sunday, January 22, 2012

"Wild Mountain Music" Liars Bench Show Blows The Audience Away

Last Thursday night at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center the Liars Bench Show member artists Gary Carden, Lloyd Arneach, Paul Iarussi; special guest artists Laurence Holden and Eric Young; plus an “exciting collection of new entertainers” (including multi-talented William Ritter) performed Southern Appalachian story, song, and poetry on one star-studded stage.
The audience sang "Happy Birthday" to a visibly touched Gary.
Eric Young and Paul Iarussi kicked off the show with a duet.
Lloyd Arneach, famous Cherokee storyteller, told a story about a giant hawk who took children from their villages. The Cherokee prayed to the Creator and He destroyed the giant hawk in a furious fire/storm which created the balds we know today.
 Laurence Holden from Rabun County Georgia performed "Shall We Gather at the River," a poem about the Chattahoochee with Marie Dunkle accompanying him on cello.

William Ritter played one of Aunt Samantha's (Jackson County native) songs called "Goin' to Italy" (Swain County).
 Jill Gottesman, who works at the Wilderness Society office in Sylva, performed "I Truly Understand," an old time tune of 'floating verse.'


Gary "depressed the audience a little bit" with a story about "Rogues Cove" (Rhodes Cove) were he grew up and his Grandmother 'training' him to keep her out of the nursing home.

Eric Young and the "Youngin's" played their second Liars Bench (first was at Rickmans store in December of 2011).
Liz Nance, from Bryson City, performed "Enjoyed the Ride," a song about teenagers and getting into trouble.
Marie Dunkle performed a Scottish jig as a Birthday tribute to Scottish poet Robert Burns.

Paul Iarussi took us home with "Pictures from life's other side."
Gary told us about his five plays to be produced at HART in Waynesvile later this month.

Liars Bench audiences are the best in the world.
We at the Liars Bench want to thank you for supporting us--WNCs only live, authentic traditional Southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry, drama, folk arts presentation.
Coming up, the next presentation of The Liars Bench at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center will be Thursday February 16 at 7 pm. As a center piece of the show look for one of Gary's plays "Coy" to be presented. Coming soon “The Balsam Chronicles.”


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Bodine says "hey, hope to see you'ins soon."
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Thursday, January 12, 2012

"Wild Mountain Music" at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center

The Liars Bench
Stories of the Southern Appalachians
A Live, Authentic Traditional Southern Appalachian Storytelling, Music, Poetry, Drama, and Folk Arts Presentation”

Ladies and Gents, as promised we're back, and in a BIG way. On Thursday January 19 at 7:00 pm The Liars Bench presents “Wild Mountain Music” at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center auditorium. Member artists Gary Carden, Lloyd Arneach, Barbara Duncan, Paul Iarussi; special guest artists Laurence Holden and Eric Young; plus an “exciting collection of new entertainers” performing Southern Appalachian story, song, and poetry on one stage.

Regular cast members include Gary Carden, Lloyd Arneach, Paul Iarussi, Barbara Duncan, Dave Waldrop, and the show’s mascot Bodine. The Liars Bench recognizes established regional artists and performers and encourages new talent also.

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. No matter how successful the show becomes I want people to know that The Liars Bench is an honest rendering of Appalachian culture and tradition” said Carden.

Ernestine Upchurch, a local proponent of Southern Appalachian culture and folkways has said about the Liars Bench, “I think that the Liars Bench presents a real variety of life and folklore in the mountains as we knew and enjoyed it. It’s truly about mountain people and their ways.” The Liars Bench was created in the early summer of 2010 by Dr. Gary Carden to promote Southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry, drama, and folk arts.

The next presentation of The Liars Bench at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center will be Thursday February 16 at 7 pm. Coming soon “The Balsam Chronicles.”

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Liars Bench Show To Be Broadcast on Regional TV!

Folks, we have learned at the Liars Bench Show that "Life in the Carolinas", hosted by Carl White will broadcast a complete show based on the filming and interviews Mr. White did at our October MHC show. This special segment of "Life in the Carolinas" will be broadcast on WMYA "My 40" (Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville) on Sunday January 15 @ 2:00 pm. Besides the show footage you will enjoy the interviews that Mr. White did with Gary, Lloyd, and Barbara.
Our next live show will be at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center Thursday January 19, 2012 @ 7:00 pm. More on the performers and theme to come. Thank you for supporting The Liars Bench Show, WNCs only live, authentic traditional Southern Applachian storytelling, mujsic, poetry, drama, folk arts presentation!


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The Mountain Heritage Center at WCU: 828.227.7129