On Thursday, October 19th at 7:00p.m. Appalachian Arts Center is pleased to present Echoes of the Hills: An Evening of Song and Stories with Jeni Hankins.
A songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and flatfoot dancer, Jeni is best known for the “born-in-the bone twang” of her voice, and her true tales of mountain life among a family of miners, moonshiners, and journalists. Her songwriting pulls the grit, gumption, and keen sense of observation out of her family heritage, like drawing water from her grandmother’s well. As Lee Smith writes, in every song, Jeni’s “true sense of place shines through – old as the hills, but brand new at the same time. Jeni is a true poet and born storyteller.”
Informed by seven years of touring in Great Britain, Jeni’s newest collection of songs makes a love letter to the home of her ancestors and to her father, who passed away in 2016. In her new songs, Jeni crosses oceans and continents to scatter her father’s ashes. Beauty, heartache, love and loss are intertwined in this memorable performance featuring singing, guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, and stories. Jeni even sings a special song accompanied by a hand crank sewing machine. Come along and talk with Jeni before and after the show, and give the sewing machine a spin! All ages are welcome.
Tickets are $10 per person and may be reserved with a credit card over the phone at (276)596-9188, or stop in to buy tickets at Appalachian Arts Center during regular business hours: Tuesday- Friday: 12-6pm, and Saturday: 10am-6pm. Seating is limited to 50, so reserve your tickets early to make sure to get a seat. Appalachian Arts Center is a cultural hub that offers the community opportunities to be enriched and inspired by creativity in its many forms of expression. Local books, cd’s, art, and handcraft, created right here in these mountains, are available for sale to the public seeking a shopping experience with soul, and those wanting to contribute to their local economy. The Arts Center, a part of Southwest Virginia Community College, is located in the ‘Old Archie Helton Store’ on Rt. 19, 2.5 miles south of Claypool Hill