Saturday, June 30, 2012
| 8 pm
$35 ($30 Members) Reserved
$22 ($17) General admission
$11 Children 7–12, General admission only
Children 6 and under free, General admission only
It is with great sadness that we at the NCMA acknowledge the death of our friend Arthel “Doc” Watson, and we share the grief that is being felt at this moment around the world. We’ve lost an artist of immense stature and integrity who brought honor to North Carolina and joy to tens of thousands of music lovers. Doc ennobled the beautiful folk tunes, songs, and hymns of his Blue Ridge Mountain home and carried them lovingly throughout the land. Our hearts go out to his family and homefolks.
Doc Watson appeared in concert at the Museum on several occasions, but the events we have planned for June 30 were always meant to be more than an opportunity to bask in the glory of Doc’s incomparable picking, singing, and storytelling. It has been our intention from the outset to assemble a group of Doc’s closest musical associates, friends, and fans to express our profound gratitude to Doc for the gifts he bestowed on us over five decades.
We would love to have had the opportunity to share the stage with Doc one more time, but with his passing the need to gather in appreciation and celebration of his remarkable life and art seems no less necessary.
We invite you to join us for our special daylong tribute to Doc and to delight in stories, remembrances, and music by those who knew Doc best and with whom he most enjoyed sharing his time and music.
Our Celebrating Doc symposium and concert features Doc’s longtime musical partner David Holt, known to many from UNC–TV’s Folkways series; Bryan Sutton, brilliant guitarist from Asheville and prominent Nashville session musician; Doc’s favorite bass player, T. Michael Coleman; celebrated guitar picker and instrument maker Wayne Henderson, with whom Doc visited and swapped tunes just before entering the hospital; and the amazing pianist Jeff Little, who learned to transpose fiddle tunes for the piano during Doc’s frequent visits to his family’s music store in Boone, North Carolina.
This one’s for Doc.