WNCHA History Hour: Musical Instruments in WNC

Thu, Jul 7, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA)

Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) Thursday, July 7 at 6PM as we kick off our month of music history programming. This event airs live via Zoom and will be recorded.

From early Native Americans to buskers on modern street corners, music and musical instruments have always been part of the cultural landscape of WNC. In previous events, we have learned about many of the region’s musicians, but this time, the instruments themselves will shine. This program will explore the arrival, creation, and development of instruments and playing styles in the mountains and their cultural origins and influences. We will also hear/see a few demonstrations of this musical progression. Join us to learn more about:

  • – Pre-Columbian Instruments
  • – Akonting
  • – Banjo
  • – Fiddles
  • – Mandolins
  • – Guitars
  • – Slide Guitar/Lapsteel
  • – How Three Finger and Flatpicking developed here
  • – Recent Innovations

About the Presenter:

John Martin is a 10th generation Western North Carolina musician who wrote his Master’s Thesis on the development of flatpicking and crosspicking guitar styles at Appalachian State University. He currently lives in Asheville and teaches History at AB Tech Community College.