Traditional music series to feature Lee Knight on April 6

Lee Knight

Western Carolina University’s First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Series for 2016-17 will conclude with a concert featuring folklorist, storyteller and musician Lee Knight on Thursday, April 6.

Knight’s 7 p.m. presentation in the ground-floor auditorium of H.F. Robinson Administration Building will be followed by an 8 p.m. jam session in which local musicians are invited to participate.

Knight, who performs on guitar, banjo and dulcimer, has collected songs and stories from Southern Appalachia as well as England, Scotland, Asia, Colombia and the Amazon region of Peru. He currently is working on a book of Adirondack ballads and folk songs. A regular performer for workshops, Elderhostels, festivals and camps, he has participated in artist-in-residence programs for the North Carolina Arts Council and other arts groups across the Southeast.

The First Thursday concerts and jams, sponsored by WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center, will continue next fall. The events are free and open to the public. Pickers and singers of all ages and experience levels are invited to take part in the jam sessions, which also are open to those who just want to listen.

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