‘Liars Bench’ program to be presented on campus April 19

Gary Carden

“The Liars Bench,” a program devoted to preserving, promoting and performing materials dealing with Appalachian heritage and culture, will present a show at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in the ground floor auditorium of Western Carolina University’s H.F. Robinson Administration Building.

Sylva storyteller Gary Carden, founder of “The Liars Bench,” said the program previously presented shows for four years in partnership with WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center. “We always meet the third Thursday of each month, and we usually have a full house since a majority of the programs are free to the public,” Carden said. “In addition, Western North Carolina has some of the best material in this region, including gifted storytellers and musicians.”

The program on April 19 will include a performance of “Knoxville Girl” by claw-hammer guitarist Paul Iarussi, the dance “Lost Indian” presented by Bill Crawford, a story titled “The Star Bird” by Carden, and a medley of songs by guitarist Ronnie Evans in honor of guest performer Ida Knight. Over the past four decades, Knight has become a well-known singer and composer of gospel hymns and has toured with gospel groups including the Inspirations, Kingsmen and Blackwood Brothers, Carden said.

The program is free and open to the public, although donations will be accepted. For more information, contact Carden at GCarden498@aol.com or call the Mountain Heritage Center at 828-227-7129.