‘Liars Bench’ show to pay tribute to folksinger Hedy West

Hedy West

“The Liars Bench,” a program devoted to preserving, promoting and performing materials dealing with Appalachian heritage and culture, will present a new show at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in the ground-floor auditorium of Western Carolina University’s H.F. Robinson Administration Building.

“Our major theme for this show is a tribute to Hedy West, the ‘70s folksinger who attended WCU,” said Gary Carden, founder of The Liars Bench. “She dropped out after a couple of years and went on to become famous on the coffee house circuit. Her ‘500 Miles’ is her most famous song.”

The May show also will feature Ila Hatter, an interpretive naturalist, artist, wildcrafter and gourmet cook with more than 25 years of experience teaching the cultural heritage of native plants. Other performers will include musicians William Ritter and Paul Iarussi, Cherokee storyteller Lloyd Arneach, and Marvin Cole playing the role of Mark Twain.

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