‘Evening at the Museum’ program to address mountain ballads

WCU student Ashton Woody will perform the ballad “Barbara Allen” during the Thursday, March 23, program at the Mountain Heritage Center.

The focus will be on mountain ballads as Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center hosts a program in its “Evening at the Museum” series from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 23.

The classic ballad “Barbara Allen” will be introduced and performed by Ashton Woody, a WCU junior majoring in English, and will be followed by a discussion about ballads and their long history in the mountains. Visitors are welcome to bring their musical instruments and play the song with Woody, said Peter Koch, education associate at the museum.

“Originally a popular song in 17th-century England and Scotland, the ballad ‘Barbara Allen’ is known to have many different versions, some from the British Isles and others from here in America after the song was brought to this country by immigrants,” Koch said.

The free public event will be held in the Mountain Heritage Center gallery located in Room 161 in Hunter Library.

Upcoming “Evening at the Museum” programs on two Thursdays – April 20 and May 25 – will focus on Decoration Day traditions in the mountains.

For more information, call the Mountain Heritage Center at 828-227-7129.