Lee Knight

Lee Knight brings folklore, storytelling and musical skills to WCU’s Coulter Building Tuesday night.

Western Carolina University will host two free performances next week.

Folklorist, storyteller and musician Lee Knight takes the stage in the recital hall of the Coulter Building at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Knight, who performs on guitar, banjo and dulcimer, will focus on traditional ballads and their journeys through time and space, tracing the evolution of songs such as “Barbara Allen” as the renditions moved from the British Isles to America. A regular performer for workshops, Elderhostels, festivals and camps, Knight has participated in artist-in-residence programs for the North Carolina Arts Council and other arts groups across the Southeast.

For more information, call the Mountain Heritage Center at 227-7129.

The faculty of the Mountain Collegium Music Workshop will perform medieval, renaissance, baroque and contemporary music on early and folk instruments at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 4, in the recital hall.

Admission to the recital is free, but donations to the Gerald R. Moore Mountain Collegium Scholarship will be accepted.

The Mountain Collegium Music Workshop is an annual event at WCU and typically offers classes on instruments used in 15th- through 18th-century Europe, which helps performers achieve a sound and effect appropriate for these styles of music. The teaching organization’s site can be found at www.mountaincollegium.org.

For more information, call 404-314-1891 or email recorder96@gmail.com.