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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Liars Bench Plays 3 BIG Shows in past 10 Days!

Folks, in the last ten days the Liars Bench Bunch has played three BIG shows.
The first two were on Saturday June 9 at the Downtown Waynesville's Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration Festival.
We were at Main Street Perks (next to City Bakery). Gary told the famous story of Bodine, the 'cat-killer' dog. Everybody loved it.
Liars Bench Stars Lloyd Arneach,
Paul Iarussi,
William Ritter,
and Karen Barnes all performed brilliantly.
The audience loved us!
Bodine hopes that the Downtown Waynesville Association invites us back for an encore next year.

The following Friday, June 15, the Liars Bench Show played the Community Room at the old Jackson County Courthouse. This was special because it was the first time the show had played the Community Room and we were up against some tough competition from the popular Bluegrass band Balsam Range playing the same time, but at the Pavilion in Bridge Park alongside Scotts Creek in Downtown Sylva.
Gary had to be in Burnsville to receive an award for his play "Outlander." What were we to do for a host?
HELP!
Newt Smith to the rescue!
Newt kicked things off with a real whopper about Gary getting arrested for 'molesting' a possum.

It was so believable that the audience loved it
Liars Bench Stars Lloyd Arneach,
Paul Iarussi,
and Karen Barnes made us all proud.
Plus...
audience members
Gene Middleton
and Nancy Reeder
enthralled the audience with great stories.
It was a very successful night for the Liars Bench and we're grateful for all our loyal fans.
Our next scheduled shows will be at the Franklin Folk Festival on Saturday July 21. We'll play two shows, the first at 10:00 am and the second at 1:00 pm. If the festival organizers put us in the same venue as last year, we'll be adjacent to, and up above the Peebles Department Store in Downtown Franklin. Not to worry Liars Bench Fans. We'll keep you updated as the date gets closer.
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Monday, June 11, 2012

Liars Bench To Play Jackson County's Old Courthouse Community Room


Jackson County Library welcomes Gary Carden's Liars Bench show.

Gary Carden, creator of the Liars Bench, a successful regional authentic, traditional southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry, drama and folk arts presentation announced that the show will play the Jackson County Library community room on Friday June 15 at 7:00 pm. Admission is free.

Guest host Newt Smith will fill in for Gary for this show. Liars Bench regulars Lloyd Arneach, master Cherokee storyteller; Paul Iarussi, claw-hammer guitar specialist and old-time music singer; and Karen Barnes, guitar singer-songwriter will play a 'Best of' Liars Bench show. There may be a mystery guest (or two) also.

During the past year, Carden has designed and directed a series of shows that dealt with Cherokee history and culture; religious music, Jack Tales, and myths and legends. After a show from last October was recently featured on the regional television program Life in the Carolinas, both the performers and the staff of the Liars Bench became convinced that the show should move toward becoming a significant voice in defining and preserving the region's culture. This decision was confirmed by the cover story publication in a WNC newspaper recently of Carden and his creation, The Liars Bench show.

The Liars Bench is a live, authentic traditional Southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry, drama, and folk arts presentation. Started in the summer of 2010 by Gary Carden, the show has been an audience pleaser from the very beginning. The Liars Bench promotes and showcases any and all aspects of Southern Appalachian culture.  The Liars Bench recognizes established artists and performers and encourages new talent also. Regular cast members include Gary Carden, Lloyd Arneach, Paul Iarussi, William Ritter, Kim Barnes, and our mascot Bodine. The Liars Bench continues the grand tradition of true mountain folkways through down-home entertainment.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Liars Bench to Play Second-Annual Appalachian Lifesyle Celebration


Hey Liars Bench fans. Bodine and Gary wanted you to know that we have a special treat for you this Saturday June 9 in downtown Waynesville.

 As part of the second-annual Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration the Liars Bench is going to play not one, but two free-admission performances for you inside Main Street Perks coffee shop (next to the old Whitman's Bakery, now City Bakery).

 Our first performance starts at 1:00 pm, the second kicks off at 2:30 pm and Liars Bench regulars Gary Carden, host and storyteller; 

Lloyd Arneach, master Cherokee storyteller and recipient of last year's WCU Mountain Heritage Award; 

and William Ritter, old-time music vocalist and musician will perform. We think that you will love it. Oh, and by the way, there may be a mystery guest also (Bodine isn't tellin' who it is an' neither am I).

The best parking will probably be either in the town parking garage and/or in the city parking behind main street.

The Liars Bench is a live, authentic traditional Southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry, drama, and folk arts presentation. Started in the summer of 2010 by Gary Carden, the show has been an audience pleaser from the very beginning. The Liars Bench promotes and showcases any and all aspects of Southern Appalachian culture.
The Liars Bench recognizes established artists and performers and encourages new talent also. Regular cast members include Gary Carden, Lloyd Arneach, Paul Iarussi, William Ritter, Kim Barnes, and our mascot Bodine. The Liars Bench continues the grand tradition of true mountain folkways through down-home entertainment.

Bodine and the rest of us are lookin' forward to seein' you there!

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