Traditional music series to feature Blue-Eyed Girl on March 2

The 2016-17 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Series at Western Carolina University will continue Thursday, March 2, with a concert featuring the traditional music ensemble Blue-Eyed Girl.

The trio’s 7 p.m. performance 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.

“Blue-Eyed Girl is a dynamic group of three young women whose roots are deep in traditional music and dance,” said Peter Koch, education associate at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center and organizer of the music series. “Their high-energy dance numbers, sweet Appalachian vocal arrangements and old-time rhythmic flair draw from the music passed down to them from their families.”

Blue-Eyed Girl includes two Black Mountain natives – fiddler Pearl Mueller and bass player Laurel Willoughby – along with Cherokee County native and banjo player Annie Fain Barralon.

Sponsored by the Mountain Heritage Center, the First Thursday concerts and jam sessions will continue through spring with programs from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. Lee Knight will be the featured performer on April 6.

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.