Irish Musician Andy Irvine, Poet Becky Gould Gibson, Behind the Scenes with Dale Pollock and More
Today on the show there’s nothing like the power of music to change people’s lives—literally. Back in the 1960s for example, a young boy in Ireland heard a Woodie Guthrie album, and he was immediately hooked. Today that little boy is arguably the finest interpreter of traditional Irish music, and, thanks to The Fiddle & Bow Society, Andy Irvine is coming to Winston-Salem this weekend for an intimate concert you do not want to miss. Then University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking Professor of Cinema Studies Dale Pollock takes us Behind the Scenes for a look at the ever growing relationship between movie making and merchandising in the post—LEGO Movie world. Poet Becky Gould Gibson is the author of Heading Home, the inaugural winner of the 2013 Lena M. Schull Book Contest, and she sits down with Bethany Chafin to cover, among other things, the essence poetry and the life of an artist. And from Heading Home we shift to The War At Home. That’s the fascinating current exhibit going on at the New Winston Museum. It covers the dynamic history and diverse stories of the Piedmont during the Civil War years. Irish music, LEGO moneymakers, plenty of poetry and hearty tip of the hat to the Moravians.
Singer, Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist Andy Irvine
The Fiddle and Bow Society has been bringing outstanding traditional and contemporary folk artists to the Triad for 33 years. That tradition continues this weekend when one of the most important members of the Irish music revival makes a rare appearance in Winston-Salem. Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and founding member of many seminal bands Andy Irvine will perform in the intimate confines of the Community Arts Cafe in downtown Winston-Salem Friday night, June 13th beginning at 8:00 PM. The Irish Times describes Andy as “Often copied, never equaled”, and the Sydney Morning News says “His playing is never less than breathtaking”. His new CD Parachilna was recorded in the Australian Outback and we’re sampling that album right now. But it was decades ago in Dublin that young Andy made a musical discovery that would change his life forever. His name was Woody Guthrie. Andy Irvine spoke with David Ford by cell phone from a friend’s home in Rhode Island.
Behind the Scenes with Dale Pollock
Poet Becky Gould Gibson and Heading Home
Poet Becky Gould Gibson is the author of Heading Home. The book was the winner of the 2013 Lena M. Schull Book Contest, a contest run by the North Carolina Poetry Society and funded by the Poetry Council of North Carolina. Upon winning the award, Gibson’s collection was published in 2014 by Main Street Rag Publishing Company of Charlotte, North Carolina. Heading Home is organized into four sections, and Gibson’s work incorporates subjects from the natural world, discusses origin and tradition, and engages with playful conversations between historical figures.
Gibson holds a PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill, and has taught literature, writing, and Women’s Studies, mostly at Guilford College. Her poetry has appeared in journals such as the Connecticut River Review, Feminist Studies, Brooklyn Review, The Comstock Review, and in several anthologies.
Becky will be reading from Heading Home June 13th at 7:00pm at Glenwood Coffee and Books and June 27th at the Vin Master in Charlotte. Becky stopped by WFDD to tell Bethany Chafin more about herself and her poetry. They began by discussing some pivotal moments in her own life and in her career as a writer.
Becky Gould Gibson's other readings:
September 9th at 5:30pm - Workshop and Reading at Taste Full of Beans, a coffee house on 3rd St. in downtown Hickory
October 26th at McIntyre's in Fearrington Village (a few miles south of Chapel Hill in Chatham County)
New Winston Museum
“Now the Battle Din is O’er” was appropriately enough the last tune played for General Robert E. Lee. It was also the last music played by the 26th Regiment North Carolina Troops, made up of Moravian musicians from Salem. In February, New Winston Museum, in collaboration with the Moravian Music Foundation, hosted performances of this historic music along with the touching “When the Swallows Homeward Fly” performed for Lee on the evening of the surrender at Appomattox, VA, and others. The New Winston Museum now in its second year of operation showcases and preserves the many fascinating stories of this region from 1849 to present with oral histories, research, education, and collaboration. The museum’s lecture-recital The War At Home included live performances of these powerful wartime songs with Tenor Glen Siebert, pianist and Moravian Music Foundation Director Dr. Nola Reed Knouse, and commentary by research advisor Phillip Dunigan. The exhibit The War At Home will remain on display through June 28th.