Handmade Crafts » MountainMade Music http://www.mountainmade.com/blog The blog of West Virginia handmade art and handmade crafts. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 14:48:29 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.8.5 en hourly 1 “Edge of the World” from Aurora Celtic http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/%e2%80%9cedge-of-the-world%e2%80%9d-from-aurora-celtic http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/%e2%80%9cedge-of-the-world%e2%80%9d-from-aurora-celtic#comments Thu, 02 Dec 2010 18:03:33 +0000 Becky Henderson http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=1076 Aurora Celtic’s new CD, “Edge of the World”, has arrive at MountainMade. On the CD, Aurora Celtic plays evocative, energetic traditional music for guitar, fiddle, Irish flute, mandolin, tenor banjo, and pennywhistles that bridges the cultures of Scotland, Ireland and Appalachia.

Band members Alice Fleischman, Michael Broderick and Aaron Martin are multi-instrumentalists from the Thomas/Davis area of West Virginia. All three have played in numerous musical groups spanning styles as diverse as Classical, Appalachian, Celtic and Bluegrass.

Percussionist, Karl Waite, Alice’s son, joins the group for this CD playing a wide array of traditional Appalachian and African hand percussion.

This popular group is often found playing at the Purple Fiddle and Mountain State Brew Pub in Thomas.

“Edge of the World” is sure to be a pleasing holiday gift. Stop in or shop on line for yourself and your friends.

Aurora Celtic's members and new CD

Aurora Celtic's members and new CD

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Hillbilly Gypsies At The Purple Fiddle http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/hillbilly-gypsies-at-the-purple-fiddle http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/hillbilly-gypsies-at-the-purple-fiddle#comments Sun, 04 Jul 2010 22:00:48 +0000 Mike Broderick http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=907 Hillbilly Gypsies At MountainMade on July 16

If you’re in the area Friday, July 16, come by the Purple Fiddle in Thomas to hear some great old-time singing and playing by the Hillbilly Gypsies.

The “Gypsies” are one of our juried MountainMade artists and we carry both of their rousing CD’s, “Come On In” and “One Foot in the Gravy.” Show starts at 8:30 p.m. – a good time is guaranteed!

The Mountainmade Artisan Gallery is only a short drive from the Purple Fiddle and we’re ready for summer and overflowing with great gifts from hundreds of West Virginia artisans.

The Gallery is located on Douglas Road. After you pass the U.S. Post Office, take a right onto Douglas Road at the MountainMade sign. The Artisan Gallery is three-quarters of a mile farther along the road.

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Moving Day At MountainMade! http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/moving-day-at-mountainmade http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/moving-day-at-mountainmade#comments Tue, 25 May 2010 13:43:38 +0000 Becky Henderson http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=863 The MountainMade Country Store has been consolidated with the Artisan Gallery in Thomas. Now you’ll have one-stop shopping in Thomas for everything including books, food products, toys, fine art glass and lots more. The Pottery Studio will also be moving to the Gallery location.

The MountainMade staff spent the week boxing, wrapping, loading and unloading hundreds of West Virginia made arts and crafts. We are pleased to report that nothing was broken.

MM Moving Day Collage

The Gallery is now ready for summer and overflowing with great gifts for all occasions – we’re sure you’ll be able to find the perfect gift for someone special or even for yourself.

The MountainMade Artisan Gallery is located on Douglas Road. After you pass the U.S. Post Office, take a right onto Douglas Road at the MountainMade sign. The Artisan Gallery is three-quarters of a mile farther along the road.

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Augusta Music Workshops A World-Class Experience http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/augusta-music-workshops-a-world-class-experience http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/augusta-music-workshops-a-world-class-experience#comments Mon, 24 May 2010 14:01:59 +0000 Mike Broderick http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=795 Augusta Heritage Center music

Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, W.Va., is best known for intensive week-long workshops that annually attract several hundred participants. Thousands more attend public concerts, dances and festivals.

Augusta’s full-time staff, plus volunteers, seasonal staff and work-study students produce a great variety of quality workshops. These world-renowned workshops and festivals have brought together master artists, musicians, dancers, craftspeople and enthusiasts of all ages.

Their mission -

  • To encourage wider understanding and practice of artistic expression found in local, regional and ethnic traditional folk cultures.
  • To document, promote, encourage, and nurture West Virginia’s folklife and folkways.
  • To accomplish the above through workshops, apprenticeships, publications and public presentations.

As a many-year participant in the workshops, I can attest to the fact that this total immersion into the music is a rare experience that you will never forget.

I would encourage anyone interested in exploring their artistic side through music or dance to take advantage of this unique opportunity in West Virginia. Many of the musicians featured at MountainMade have been teachers or students at Augusta.

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MountainMade’s Aurora Celtic to Perform at Purple Fiddle February 18th, 2010 http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/mountainmades-aurora-celtic-to-perform-at-purple-fiddle-february-18th-2010 http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/mountainmades-aurora-celtic-to-perform-at-purple-fiddle-february-18th-2010#comments Sat, 13 Feb 2010 15:18:47 +0000 Mike Broderick http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=307 Aurora Celtic will be performing at the Purple Fiddle on February 18, 2010.

Aurora Celtic will be performing at the Purple Fiddle on February 18, 2010. Photos here courtesy of the Purple Fiddle.

The Irish/Old-time band Aurora Celtic will be playing at the Purple Fiddle in Thomas, WV on Thursday February 18th. They call their brand of music “Mountain Irish,” and it includes traditional and original music on fiddle, mandolin, Irish Flute, banjo and guitar. You can listen to Aurora Celtic’s music and see their upcoming performance schedule on the Aurora Celtic Myspace page.

Aurora Celtic’s band members include MountainMade’s own IT manager, Mike Broderick, who plays fiddle and mandolin. Other band members are Alice Fleischman on flutes, whistles and banjo, and Aaron Martin on guitar. The band members are residents of Tucker and Preston County, West Virginia, and play throughout the Mid-Atlantic area. They will be recording a new CD in March and will have CDs from Mike and Alice’s former band, Wolf Creek Session, available at the show.

The Purple Fiddle is a well-known local music venue that hosts many of the MountainMade musical artists as well as national touring groups. The atmosphere at the Purple Fiddle lends itself to an intimate concert experience which is smoke-free, family friendly, and includes a wide range of delicious food and beverage. Check the Purple Fiddle’s musical calendar for other great upcoming shows. Hope to see you at the show on February 18th.

Who is your favorite MountainMade musical artist or group, and when are they performing at the Purple Fiddle?

Catch Aurora Celtic in concert at the Purple fiddle in downtown Thomas, WV on February 18, 2010.

Catch Aurora Celtic in concert at the Purple fiddle in downtown Thomas, WV on February 18, 2010.

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