Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble

The Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble plays at 7 p.m. Monday, March 2, on the WCU campus. The band performs music from Appalachia and beyond, blending the sounds of traditional mountain music and bluegrass with contemporary influences.

The Old-Time and Bluegrass Series at Western Carolina University continues at 7 p.m. Monday, March 2, featuring the Berea Bluegrass Ensemble.

The concert is free in Coulter Auditorium in the Coulter Building on the WCU campus at 238 Memorial Drive.

For 18 years, the Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble has entertained with their student talent. During their time at Berea College in Kentucky, student band members show off their picking and singing skills on stage in exchange for course credit, friendships and the opportunity to share their music with audiences around the world.

The band performs music from Appalachia and beyond, blending the sounds of traditional mountain music and bluegrass with contemporary influences. Band founder and director Al White teaches dozens of students each year as Berea’s Appalachian instruments instructor.

The group has traveled throughout the eastern United States and has toured internationally in Ireland, Japan and Denmark.

Current members include Hannah From on guitar, a sophomore from Georgia; Jessie Jones on bass, a junior from Kentucky; Nathan Jose on guitar, a senior from Bengaluru, India; Cora Allison, a sophomore fiddle from Tennessee; and Al White on mandolin.

This concert is free and open to the public. Pickers and singers of all ages and experience levels are invited to take part in the jam sessions, which are also open to those who just want to listen.

For more information, call the Mountain Heritage Center at 227-7129 or visit mhc.wcu.edu.