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Woodticks close out first half of PCOH season

November 12, 2010
The Inter-Mountain

The Woodticks will bring the first half of the Pocahontas County Opera House's 2010-2011 season to a close with foot-tapping traditional music on Nov. 20.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $7 at the door. Children 12 years and younger are admitted free of charge.

Old-time is the core of The Woodticks' music. Many of the songs they play come from the rural south during the early, golden days of radio. Tunes from the early 20th century and earlier are alive in the hands and hearts of The Woodticks, though the melodies are filtered through their own style of string band.

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The Woodticks are Rachel Eddy on clawhammer banjo, fiddle and guitar; Keith McManus on fiddle, mandolin and banjo; Bob Shank on the dulcimer and banjo; and Karen Wade on guitar. They play old-time, along with maybe an Irish or Scottish tune or two, some originals and a few other tunes and songs that The Woodticks just really like and do their own way.

"And there's a whole lot of singing. When you get right down to it, The Woodticks all just really enjoy playing music together, so they do it whenever they can," an official said.

Be sure to mark your calendars and watch for further details on the Opera House's spring lineup, featuring the a capella gospel of Bare Bones on Feb. 5, traditional and country during Opry Night on Feb. 26, the old-time music of the Bing Brothers on March 5, David Peterson's Country Review on March 26, the West Virginia Jazz Orchestra on April 9 and the folk melodies of Naomi Sommers on May 7.

The Pocahontas County Opera House is located at 818 Third Ave. in Marlinton. For information on other upcoming Opera House events, visit or call the Opera House at 304-799-6645.

These performances are part of the 2010-2011 Performance Series sponsored by the Pocahontas County Opera House Foundation with financial assistance through a grant from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

Financial support is also provided by Pocahontas County Drama, Fairs and Festivals and the Snowshoe Foundation.



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