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The Mountain Minor
w/ Brad Leftwich & the Humdingers
Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 7:00PM
John Waldron Whikehart Auditorium
122 S Walnut St
Dale Farmer, writer and director of the Appalachian music film The Mountain Minor, will present a screening of the film and conduct a post film Q&A. Pre-show music will be performed by Brad Leftwich & The Humdingers.
Deeply infused with the traditional Appalachian musical genres of Old Time and Bluegrass, The Mountain Minor tells an overlooked story about the people and culture behind the resurgence of American Roots Music today and highlights artful responses to the difficult circumstances of human migration. In the 1920s - 1950s, millions of Appalachians left their homes in the mountains and migrated to urban midwestern centers in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan. The Mountain Minor is the story of a life-worn Charlie Abner, a generation later, as he struggles with leaving his present life and family in Cincinnati, Ohio to return to the Kentucky Mountain home and musical heritage that once defined him. The story is partially told in flashbacks to depression era Eastern Kentucky, when Charlie’s parents, Oza and Vestal Abner, face the difficult decision to leave the way of life they know and move to Ohio for employment and better opportunities.
This is not only film director Dale Farmer’s family story, but the story of thousands of families that left their mountain homes to move to the midwest factory centers and become the heart of the working middle class. This film is unique in that all of its principal actors are traditional musicians—such as Smithsonian Folkways artist Elizabeth LaPrelle and acclaimed banjoist and fiddler Dan Gellert—and they perform all of the music in the film.
Doors will open at 6:30pm for this general admission event. The event is expected to last about 3 hours.
Will-Call: On the day of the show, Will-Call will open at the venue at 6:30pm. Prior to the day of the show, Will-Call may be claimed at the BCT Box Office at 114 E Kirkwood Ave, open Mon - Fri 11am - 6pm, Sat & Sun 12pm - 5pm.