Award-winning Documentary – "A Great American Tapestry, The Many Strands of Mountain Music" – To Be Screened Dec. 2 at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center

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A Great American Tapestry, The Many Strands of Mountain Music, a new documentary on the history of Appalachian music, will be screened by director and producer David Weintraub, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Reuter Center, home of OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at UNC Asheville.

The documentary tells the story of the evolution of the music of the southern Appalachians, tracing the strands of the Scots-Irish legacy, oft-overlooked African-American tradition and through the oldest music in the Americas, the indigenous tradition. The film just won Best Documentary at the Tryon International Film Festival.

A Great American Tapestry features four-time Grammy winning musician and storyteller David Holt; balladeers Sheila Kay Adams, Joe Penland, Betty Smith and Bobby McMillon; Dom Flemons and Rhiannon Giddens, founders of the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops; fiddler Joe Thompson; Bo Taylor, a musician and executive director of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian; and musicologists and historians, including Phil Jamison of Warren Wilson College and Cecelia Conway of Appalachian State University, who tell the story of the great melting pot that became Appalachian music.

Tickets are $10, available at the door, and proceeds will benefit the Center for Cultural Preservation, which is joining with the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) and OLLI in presenting this screening.

For more information, contact OLLI at 828.251.6140 or the WNCHA at 828.253.9231.