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Winter's Tune Concert Features Mountain Songwriters

The third annual "Winter's Tune: Music to Warm an Appalachian Night" concert will showcase songwriters from Madison County and raise awareness and funds for a local preservation organization. The concert is presented by Mars Hill University's Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies and will be held Friday, December 9, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in Broyhill Chapel. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased at

This year's Winter's Tune will feature a mix of genres. Featured performers include Joe Penland, Brooke and George Buckner, Andy Buckner, Hannah Furgiuele, Ashley Heath, Nikki Reid, and Pierce Edens.  Penland, known for his singing of the old love songs, also is a prolific songwriter who draws inspiration from his home in Madison County. He says, “I think the majority of people here in the mountains have created a poem or song in their lifetime.”

Mhu Campus 20130816 0017The evening also will draw attention to the non-profit Bailey Mountain Foundation , which works to protect the prominent mountain overlooking the university campus and the town of Mars Hill. Furgiuele, the program coordinator for the Ramsey Center, said, "Bailey Mountain is the landmark peak just northwest of Mars Hill. It is always standing tall in the backdrop of Mars Hill University, and when the foundation approached us about collaborating on an event, we thought the holiday concert would be a nice fit—given it’s the season of giving.”

Winter's Tune began in 2014 as a fundraiser for the Ramsey Center-produced documentary about master fiddler Roger Howell. The 2015 concert featured female fiddlers from the region and raised funds for the Bascom Lamar Lunsford "Minstrel of Appalachia" festival, held each October at Mars Hill University.

For more information about Winter's Tune: Music to Warm an Appalachian Night, contact Hannah Furgiuele at (828) 689-1571 or