The performing arts series at shepherd university 2018 - 2019 season calendar


Saturday, September 22, 2018


Join us for our 23rd celebration of the rich multicultural intersections of Appalachian music and culture at the 23rd annual Appalachian Heritage Festival at Shepherd University!

Saturday, September 22

Appalachian Sing Along – Adam Booth, Rachael Meads & John Meeker, Than and Mary Ann Hitt, and more!
From old-time and gospel to country and bluegrass, join us for a community sing. All voices and ages are welcome! FREE
1:30 pm
The Crossroads: Where Blues and Gospel Meet with Doris Fields and Xavier Oglesby
Learn about African American blues and gospel traditions that have profoundly influenced the sound of Appalachian music from West Virginia Humanities Council Folklife Master Artist Doris Fields (Lady D) and apprentice Xavier Oglesby. FREE
3:00 pm
Echoes of the Isles in Appalachia with Piper Bob Mitchell and Nick Blanton
Learn from master piper Bob Mitchell who will introduce three types of Scottish pipes and Celtic connections in Appalachia. FREE
4:00 pm
Central West Virginia’s Fiddling Legacy with Kim Johnson, Jesse Pearson, and Cody Jordan
Don’t miss stories and tunes of some of the most influential fiddlers and music in West Virginia including Wilson Douglass, Lester McCumbers, Melvin Wine and more. FREE
8:00 pm
Festival Showcase Concert -- Reynolds Hall
Hosted by storyteller and musician Adam Booth, the evening showcase concert will highlight the rich diversity of our region featuring gospel and blues from Doris Fields (Lady D) and Xavier Oglesby, bagpipe and hammered dulcimer music from Bob Mitchell and Nick Blanton, West Virginia string band music from the Modock Rounders. Tickets are $15 general public, $10 seniors and Shepherd staff, $5 for those under 18, and free to Shepherd students with valid Rambler ID. Tickets are available at the Shepherd Bookstore. For more information about the Festival, contact Rachael Meads at


Adam Booth

Adam Booth’s storytelling blends traditional folklore, music and the stories of Appalachia in an original voice that has earned him master artist spots at the International Storytelling Center, the National Storytelling Festival, and at festivals across the country in more than 17 states. He is the founding director of the Speak Story Series in Shepherdstown who teaches in the Appalachian Studies program at Shepherd.

Doris Fields (Lady D) and Xavier Oglesby

Doris Fields, also known as Lady D and “West Virginia’s First Lady of Soul” is a master soul and blues musician and songwriter living in Beckley. The daughter of a coal miner, she has grown up steeped in the African-American traditions of West Virginia. She is the founder and organizer of West Virginia’s Simply Jazz and Blues Festival. In 2008, Fields’ original song “Go Higher” was selected to be performed at President Barack Obama’s inauguration ball. Last year Lady D was chosen to be part of the West Virginia Humanities Council’s Folklife Apprenticeship program as a master artist to share her knowledge of blues and gospel with singer and Xavier Oglesby.

Robert Mitchell and Nick Blanton

Bringing music from the Scottish Isles, Bob Mitchell is an accomplished studio musician with over thirty years experience performing on the Great Highland Bagpipes and the Scottish Small Pipes. He was the Founder and Piper Major of Dunloggin Pipes and Drums Band for 25 years and played with the Pan-Celtic Folk Band IONA. In 2004 Bob was the recipient of the Maryland Traditions Folk Arts and Culture Apprenticeship Award as a Master in the Art of Piobaireachd, the classical music of the Scottish Bagpipe. He apprenticed with the great John MacFadyen in Scotland, one of the vital links in the chain of teachers and pupils reaching back to the 16th century. Nick Blanton is a master instrument maker who builds custom hammered dulcimers. He is also a fantastic musician who has performed on studio recordings and live concerts with dozens of different ensembles.

The Modock Rounders

The Modock Rounders, a traditional stringband from West Virginia’s Kanawha Valley, and they are keeping hot the fires of the Mountain State’s fiddling heritage featuring Kim Johnson, Jesse Pearson, and Cody Jordan. Jesse is an award-winning fiddler from Point Pleasant, WV, who learned to play from visits with local masters Bobby Taylor, Franklin George, John Morris, and Terry Vaughn, Cody Jordan is also an award-winning fiddler from Point Pleasant, WV who has been playing the guitar since before he and Jesse met in middle school. He is also an outstanding singer influenced by Ginny Hawker & Tracy Schwarz, Roscoe Holcomb, and Ralph Stanley, Kim Johnson is a true American treasure who has been playing clawhammer banjo since the 1970s when fiddler Wilson Douglas took her under his wing and taught her everything he knew. Since then she has played with some of the most highly influential West Virginia fiddlers of the last 40 years.

artistic excellence, diversity, and opportunities for learning are at the heart of our mission

Join the Performing Arts Series at Shepherd for another year of extraordinary arts experiences designed to inspire and extend learning opportunities across our regional community.

Did you know that ticket sales cover only about 10 percent of the cost of most events? PASS performances and outreach programs for children and community members are made possible by Shepherd students through Student Activity Fees allocated by the Student Government Association. Additional financial support for some programs is provided by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the West Virginia Humanities Council, and the with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts.

All of the events listed in the PASS season feature additional opportunities to engage with the artists. For more information about workshops and masterclasses, contact Rachael Meads, director of student activities and leadership, at To learn more about arts opportunities in our community, visit our website for links to the wonderful arts organizations that make Shepherdstown such a vibrant community: Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to PASS to allow us to continue our school and community outreach programs.

Tickets & Accommodations


Performing Arts Series at Shepherd tickets are available for purchase at the Shepherd University Bookstore.

The Bookstore is located on the ground level of the Student Center (210 N. King Street), directly across the street from the Scarborough Library.

Tickets may be purchased using cash, checks, or VISA, MasterCard, or Discover at the Shepherd University Bookstore until 4 p.m. on the day of the event or the last business day prior to the event. Tickets may also be purchased at the Frank Center Lobby Box Office one hour before each performance (if the show is not already sold out).

Special Accommodations & Seating

Shepherd University is committed to making all of its programs, services, and activities accessible to persons with disabilities or special needs. To assure that we are prepared to accommodate your needs, please contact Rachael Meads at or 304-876-5113 to make a request at least 7 days prior to the event.

All seating is general admission/non-reserved. Doors usually open for seating at 7:30 p.m.

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