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Folklorist Lee Knight to perform Aug. 14

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Musician and folklorist Lee Knight will perform in the community room of the Jackson County Public Library Complex in Sylva at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14.

Knight is a native of the Adirondack Mountains and a long-time resident of Cashiers. He has studied the folk cultures of the Southern Appalachians and the Adirondacks as well as the sea islands off the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia. He refers to his musical style as “musical archaeology,” and he has developed his repertoire by visiting with local residents and musicians who have kept regional traditions alive. He plays several instruments, including the fretless five-string banjo, Appalachian dulcimer, Cherokee flute, rattle, and water drum, in addition to the guitar and mouth bow. He plays traditional Appalachian and Adirondack mountain music, but he often sings the traditional songs a cappella.

In April 2006, Knight performed at Carnegie Hall and has earned a reputation among folk music performers for his authentic style and traditional rhythms.

Knight’s performance at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva is free and open to the public. The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. For more information, please call the library at 828.586.2016. The Jackson County Public Library is a member of Fontana Regional Library (www.fontanalib.org).

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