Augusta Heritage Center

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Hear one of music's most distinct vocalists perform songs from her new album in this week's episode of Mountain Stage, recorded at the Augusta Heritage Festival in Elkins, W.Va.

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A great deal has changed since 1964. But when rockabilly purveyor Bill Kirchen performed "The Times They Are A-Changin'" on Mountain Stage in 2017, it brought it back into focus.

Grammy winning performing artist and West Virginia native Kathy Mattea will release her new album "Pretty Bird" in September and will appear on Mountain Stage Saturday August 11, 2018 as part of the Augusta Heritage Festival on the campus of Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, W.Va. Tickets are available now.

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“Mountain Stage with Larry Groce” returns to Elkins, WV this Saturday, August 12 as the closing concert of the Augusta Heritage Festival.

Polina Mourzina

Since the show began almost two years ago, A Change of Tune has highlighted some of the best up-and-coming artists out of these West Virginia hills with podcast-y chats ranging from Tyler Childers to The World is a Beautiful Place..., The Sea The Sea to Qiet and beyond.  But those interviews have been a bit infrequent, and since West Virginia Day is coming up (not to mention A Change of Tune’s second birthday), we thought we’d do something special: 30 days, 30 brand new #WVmusic interviews that range from Morgantown alt-rockers and Parkersburg singer-songwriters to West Virginia music venues and regional artist management and beyond, all of which contribute to this state’s wild and wonderful music scene.

And today, we are chatting with recent Davis & Elkins College graduate Kaia Kater, a singer-songwriter who traveled from Quebec to West Virginia nearly four years ago to learn more about Appalachia's old-time music and culture. We sat down with Kaia in our Charleston studios to talk about her musical journey, her love of bluegrass and R&B, and her recent feature from Rolling Stone magazine.

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NPR Music & West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is proud to announce its return to the Augusta Heritage Festival on Saturday, August 13.

Augusta Celebrates Traditional Music, Arts & Crafts

Aug 7, 2015

On West Virginia Morning, two reports from the Augusta Heritage Center...one about a young fiddle player and another about the traditional arts and crafts workshops.  Also, Judith Owen performs our Mountain Stage Song of the Week.  These stories coming up on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting...telling West Virginia's story.


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The Augusta Heritage Center is known around the world for its many music workshops and jam sessions. But Augusta actually started as a way to keep traditional arts and crafts alive in Randolph County.

Fourteen-year-old Kiara Williams of Rock Cave, West Virginia has been playing fiddle for two years and recently won the youth fiddle championship at the Vandalia Gathering in Charleston.
Andrew Carroll

It’s Old-Time, Vocal, and American Vernacular Dance Week at the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College. Countless individuals have come to learn everything from African-American String Band Traditions and Square Dance Calling to Balkan Harmony Singing and 19th Century Banjo Music.  For one young West Virginian, Augusta has opened up the world of fiddle music.


On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with Inside Appalachia host Jessica Lilly about this week’s episode featuring a discussion about outsiders taking pictures in Appalachia.  And we visit the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins where it’s bluegrass music week.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


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Each summer, Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College hosts five weeks of traditional music and arts workshops. Each week has a different theme and this week is all about Bluegrass music. Over 140 people have come from across the country to study with bluegrass masters.


Andrew Carroll

It’s Blues & Swing Week at the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College in Elkins. The campus is a soundscape resonating with big jams of upbeat swing music interspersed with soulful Delta Blues. This week a brother and a sister have come to Augusta to further their talent and share a story.

 

A West Virginia Musical Morning

Jul 17, 2015
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On West Virginia Morning, a lot of music.  We’ll meet a brother and sister team playing the blues at the Augusta Heritage Center, preview Matt Jackfert’s debut on Performance Today this morning and country superstar Martina McBride has today’s Mountain Stage Song of the Week.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, we feature a lot of music.  From the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins we learn about Louisiana Cajun music and Umphrey’s McGee is featured on our Mountain Stage Song of the Week.  That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


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This week at the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, it's Early Country Music Week, but it's also Cajun Week. Louisiana Cajun music is rising up out of Randolph County, with a splash of some French Quebec sounds, too. It's a rich, multi-ethnic scene and one Canadian Cajun-accordion player is on a mission.

Augusta Begins This Weekend in Elkins

Jul 3, 2015
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On West Virginia Morning we explore the history of the Augusta Heritage Center just as the summer workshop series begins this weekend.  Also, Roseanne Cash is featured in our Mountain Stage Song of the Week.  That's on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting...telling West Virginia's story.

Here's the History of the Augusta Heritage Center

Jul 3, 2015
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Augusta begins this weekend.  This very popular series of summer workshops about music and crafts has been explored by a student working on her master's thesis.  Brittany Hicks graduated from Appalachian State University in May of 2014.  Her thesis was titled "Exploring Nostalgia for the Future: A History of the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, West Virginia."   Just as the busy five week series kicks off, she sat down with us to find out what she learned.

New Generation Working to Improve Wheeling

Jun 29, 2015
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On West Virginia Morning, a report from Wheeling where a new generation is taking over rebuilding the city.  And, we’ll listen to the music of old time fiddler Elmer Rich who died on West Virginia Day. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


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On West Virginia Morning, data gatherers are frustrated by the oil and gas industries' attitude about transparency. In the age of 3-D printers, what’s to become of the time-tested trade of blacksmithing?  And Wheeling native Tim O’Brien joins fellow singer-songwriter Darrell Scott for our Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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Pricketts Fort Forges New Connections By Teaching Old Skills

Aug 21, 2014
Ed Harris and Jim Mays pay close attention as Greg Bray demonstrates blacksmithing techniques.
Sarah Lowther Hensley

The blacksmith is one of the most enduring figures from the early days of American history. The art form calls to mind strength, ingenuity and craftsmanship…fire, iron and sweat. But in the age of technology and 3-D printers, what’s to become of this time-tested trade? One West Virginia state park is taking steps to forge new interest in traditional arts.