Thursday jam to feature Phil and Gaye Johnson

The 2012-13 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will conclude Thursday, April 4, with a concert featuring the husband-and-wife duo of Phil and Gaye Johnson.

The Johnsons’ 7 p.m. performance will be followed by an 8 p.m. jam session in which local musicians are invited to participate.

Residents of Polk County, the Johnsons have performed as an acoustic duo for 27 years. Playing guitar, mandolin, dobro and harmonica, and featuring tight harmonies, they regularly perform and teach at major music events across the country, including at WCU’s fall festival, Mountain Heritage Day. The Johnsons are three-time winners of the Most Outstanding Performance Award at the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in Asheville and have released five folk music and storytelling recordings. They also have appeared on many syndicated radio and television programs over the years, including “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Pickers and singers of all ages and experience levels are invited to take part in the jam session that will follow the concert, and the activities also are open to those who just want to listen.

The 2013-14 concert/jam series at the Mountain Heritage Center will begin in October.

The museum is located on the ground floor of WCU’s H.F. Robinson Administration Building. For more information, call the Mountain Heritage Center at 828-227-7129.

Phil and Gaye Johnson perform at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Day.

Phil and Gaye Johnson perform at WCU’s fall festival of traditional mountain culture, Mountain Heritage Day.