Ballad Workshop with Donna Ray Norton

The LOFT (McConnell) 54 College St., Mars Hill, NC

Songs about love... and the trials and tribulations of it. Join us on the eve of Valentine's Day to learn about one of our area's oldest traditions from 8th generation ballad singer Donna Ray Norton. She is from right here in Madison County, and has been carrying on this tradition since she was 17 years […]

Ballad Workshop with Donna Ray Norton

The LOFT (McConnell) 54 College St., Mars Hill, NC

Join Donna Ray Norton for a fun-filled experience learning how to sing an Appalachian ballad. The evening will be casual, welcoming, non-judgmental, and you do not have to be a music major or musician to attend and have fun. Ballads are old songs (some of them from the Middle Ages!) that tell stories about kings […]

Root Diggers and Herb Gatherers: How Appalachia Helped Launch the Pharmaceutical Industry

Ferguson Health Sciences Center Rm 306 211 Cascade St, Mars Hill, NC

Join author Luke Manget as he discusses his book, Ginseng Diggers: A History of Root and Herb Gathering in Appalachia (University of Kentucky Press, 2022). The book investigates how and why the Appalachian region became the United States' most important supplier of wild medicinal plants, including ginseng, to the markets of the world. It also […]

Fiddling on the Hill: Traditional Jam Session

Bentley Fellowship Hall 265 Cascade St, Mars Hill, NC

Rosin up your bow, tune up that banjo, get your dancing shoes out and join us at Fiddling on the Hill, our monthly traditional jam session. These sessions are welcoming and are open to all. Dona Cavanagh and Maxine Herring will be leading the February jam. Fiddling on the Hill is supported by a generous […]

Ballad Round Robin

Broyhill Chapel 265 Cascade St, Mars Hill, NC

Join us for an informal Appalachian ballad circle in honor of singer and storyteller Bobby McMillon, and as part of the Bobby McMillon Legacy Project funded by a grant from South Arts. Ballads are traditional songs that tell stories and Madison County is known world-wide for its ballad-singing tradition. At a round robin, singers will […]

Fiddling on the Hill: Traditional Jam Session

James Thomas Black Box Theatre Mars Hill, NC

Rosin up your bow, tune up that banjo, get your dancing shoes out and join us at Fiddling on the Hill, our monthly traditional jam session. These sessions are welcoming and are open to all. Sheila Kay Adams and William Ritter will be leading the March jam. Fiddling on the Hill is supported by a […]

Natural Dye

Bentley Fellowship Hall 265 Cascade St, Mars Hill, NC

Join artist Jackie Mulhall and learn how to use natural dye to dye a piece of fabric that can be used as a bandana or to wrap a gift. No art experience necessary! This is a PAWS event and is open to MHU students only. Because there are limited spaces, you must reserve a ticket […]

Fiddling on the Hill: Traditional Jam Session

James Thomas Black Box Theatre Mars Hill, NC

Rosin up your bow, tune up that banjo, get your dancing shoes out and join us at Fiddling on the Hill, our monthly traditional jam session. These sessions are welcoming and are open to all. Maddy Mullany and Clarke Williams will be leading the April jam. Fiddling on the Hill is supported by a generous […]

An Afternoon of Foraging and Fun

NC

Join chef, forager, fiddler, author Susi Gott Séguret for a walk in the spring woods of her family's 200+ acre farm in northern Madison County, overlooking the crest of the Appalachian Trail. We'll start with the walk, identifying edible (and non-edible) plants along the way, including ramps and an array of spring wildflowers, we'll visit […]

Night Music: Film Screening hosted by Dom Flemons

Ferguson Health Sciences Center Rm 306 211 Cascade St, Mars Hill, NC

Night Music is a short film inspired by the prison recordings created by folklorist John Lomax and his son, folklorist Alan Lomax. During the 1930s, the Lomaxes visited prisons in the deep South, including Louisiana’s notorious Angola Penitentiary. The film was written and directed by Lukas Huffman and produced by Huffman Studio in partnership with […]

Dom Flemons Concert

Owen Theatre 44 College St, Mars Hill

We are excited to welcome Grammy Award-winner Dom Flemons to Mars Hill University! Flemons (also a two-time Emmy nominee and 2020 US Artists Fellow), is a roots musician famously known as The American Songster® since his repertoire covers over one hundred years of American roots music. He is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music scholar, historian, actor, […]