Pocahontas Music was founded in February 2007 by volunteer Lucinda Tyler along with assistance from volunteer teacher Lois Airgood. The purpose of the workshop is to teach underserved elementary school students about their Appalachian roots, both lyrically and musically.
They were recently awarded a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council, with matching funds from other local councils, for a four-month music workshop to instruct Hillsboro Elementary's 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders about the "Origins of Appalachian Music" through song/verse, guitar and collaboration. Three West Virginian Honorarians are involved in the workshop: singer/songwriter Kate Long; award-winning flat-picking guitar player Robin Kessinger; and poet Kirk Judd.
Their hard work will culminate with a demonstration on the Great Lawn at Pearl Buck's Birthplace to share what they have learned from their workshop of music, lyrics, prose, and collaboration. They will be accompanied by Honorarias Long, Kessinger and Judd as well as local musicians who participated in the workshop.
Date: May 8, 2009
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Great Lawn of the Pearl Buck Birthplace
The museum is located just north of the town of Hillsboro, on US Route 219