Whitney Hale


College: Fine Arts

Fiddler Roger Cooper, Morehead String Band to Play UK

Published: Oct 11, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2012) — Traditional fiddle and old time string band music lovers should check out the next two concerts in the "Appalachia in the Bluegrass" concert series. Performing first is traditional fiddle player Roger Cooper at noon Friday, Oct. 12, in the Niles Gallery located in the University of Kentucky Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center. The following week, the Old Time String Band, part of the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music Program at Morehead State University, will take the stage at noon Friday, Oct. 19. Both concerts are free and open to the public.


Master Fiddler Makes First Appearance at Niles Gallery


The Ohio River has played a major part in shaping Kentucky's cultural landscape, which

includes the fiddling music of Lewis County. Generations of travelers and settlers have contributed to what we know as a distinct tradition. One distinguished artist who embodies the fiddle traditions of the area is Roger Cooper.


Roger Cooper made it his mission to learn from all the traditional fiddlers in Lewis County. When he was 12, Cooper played the guitar behind fiddler Joe Stamper on Vanceburg radio station WKKS. He spent years mastering the tunes as he heard them and by playing them at contests, dances and concerts. Cooper has recorded several albums, including "Essence of Old Kentucky" on Rounder Records.


The fiddle player is committed to sharing his knowledge with other musicians. Cooper currently teaches advanced fiddle at the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School and has completed Kentucky Arts Council Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeships with three Kentucky fiddlers.


To see a performance by Cooper, watch him play at the Kentucky Historical Society's Master Series Fiddle Concert on YouTube at http://youtu.be/26JSHB8sj_w.


Morehead's Old Time String Band Keeps It Traditional


Morehead State University's Old Time String Band will perform and share what they have learned about mountain music. They are directed and instructed by Jesse Wells and Raymond McLain, the director of the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music.


The Kentucky Center for Traditional Music houses not only the outreach program, but also the university's Traditional Music Program and Traditional Music Archives. The center's Traditional Music Program is among the fastest growing academic traditional music programs at any school of higher education. The Traditional Music Archives contain large collections of traditional music for public access. The collections include examples of traditional Appalachian music and culture.


The Sounds of Our Heritage Outreach program provides performances, presentations, lectures, demonstrations and workshops, all given by the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music faculty. The outreach is also home to Morehead State University classes and student bands. These students perform under the direction of their instructors on the Morehead campus, as well as across the region.


Raymond McLain will direct the band for this UK performance. McLain, a musical ambassador of the U.S. State Department, has been entertaining audiences form more than 40 years in 50 states and 62 foreign countries. For 21 years, he performed as part of the McLain Family Band and was featured internationally at thousands of festivals and concert halls, as well as a soloist in hundreds of appearances. McLain also played with Jim & Jesse’s Virginia Boys for 10 years and more recently as part of a duo with Canadian harmonic player Mike Stevens. As a soloist, Mclain's recordings include "Kentucky Mountain Banjo" and the award-winning "A Place of My Own."


To see a performance by the Morehead State University Old Time String Band, watch them on YouTube at http://youtu.be/B-RfCL4l_HQ.


Presented by the UK John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, the "Appalachia in the Bluegrass" concert series celebrates the old time roots of American folk music by featuring a diverse range of traditional musical expression. This year's concert series showcase 13 different performers, duo and groups from the Kentucky area ranging from artists straight off their front porch to those who have earned international acclaim. The Niles Center is a collaborative research and performance center of the UK College of Fine Arts, UK School of Music and UK Libraries.


For more information on either Roger Cooper or the Morehead State University Old Time String Band concert or on the "Appalachia in the Bluegrass" concert series, contact Ron Pen, director of the Niles Center by e-mail to Ron.Pen@uky.edu or visit online at http://finearts.uky.edu/music/niles




MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, (859) 257-8716 or whitney.hale@uky.edu

Internship Info Session
LNFS Presents: Dallas Buyers Club
College of Law Welcomes Trevor Potter
Dancing at Lughnasa
LNFS Presents: Notes on Marie Menken
LNFS Presents: Edge of Tomorrow
UK Jazz Ensemble/ UK Lab Band
Earth & Environmental Science Student Open House
"Nerd Night" Exhibit and Concert
"Anne Braden: Southern Patriot" Film Screening and Discussion
Dancing at Lughnasa
LNFS Presents: My Neighbor Totoro
LNFS Presents: (500) Days of Summer
Men's Soccer vs. Old Dominion
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Alabama
Dancing at Lughnasa
Kentucky Football vs. South Carolina
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Rock Climbing @ Red River Gorge
Cross Cultural Workshop 2014
Swing Dancing!
Dancing at Lughnasa
Cross Cultural Workshop 2014
UK Children's Hospital/Birthing Center Annual Perinatal Loss "Walk To Remember"
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Texas A&M
Dancing at Lughnasa
Murals of Baltimore
Resumes and Cover Letters
Dancing at Lughnasa
Murals of Baltimore
Networking and Job Search
UK Choristers
Rock Star Professionalism Series
Stillness in Motion: The Essence of Symmetry - presented by Dr. Carl Lee, Mathematics
Dancing at Lughnasa
Murals of Baltimore
LNFS Presents: Night of the Living Dead
UK Law Day
Dancing at Lughnasa
Murals of Baltimore
LNFS Presents: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Mark Berry, Guest Percussion Recital
National Depression Screening Day
LNFS Presents: Torch Song Trilogy
Dancing at Lughnasa
LNFS Presents: Shut Up and Play the Hits
LNFS Presents: Watchmen
KLJ Data Privacy Symposium
Family Weekend Check-in
Big Blue Pantry Food Drive #1
Kentucky Women's Soccer vs. South Carolina
Family Weekend: Derek Hughes
Dancing at Lughnasa
Kentucky Football vs. ULM
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
UK International Tent/ Tailgate Party
CT Surgery Symposium: Advances in the Surgical Management of Cardiothoracic Diseases:
Family Weekend Tent Party
Dancing at Lughnasa
DNT 101: A Taste of the Kentucky Doughnut Trail
Big Blue Pantry Food Drive #2
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Auburn
Sunday Lunch at Historic Spindletop Hall
Men's Soccer vs. Marshall
Job Club - Social Media and Your Career
Massage on the Go
LNFS Presents: The Last Samurai
UK Symphony Band Concert
Women's Forum Conference 2014
#TrendingTopics: Pornography vs. Morality
Career Assessment Workshop
LNFS Presents: The Tree of Life
LNFS Presents: Guardians of the Galaxy
UK Wind Symphony
LNFS Presents: Princess Mononoke
LNFS Presents: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Kentucky Women's Soccer vs. Ole Miss
Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
Paint the Town Blue
Free Kaplan Entrance Practice Exams
4th Annual Big Blue Soccer Tournament
Men's Soccer vs. New Mexico
Swing Dancing and Costumes?
Paint the Town Blue
UK Men's Chorus and acoUstiKats
Jazz Spectacular
UK Student Pajama Party
Kentucky Volleyball vs. LSU
Kentucky Women's Soccer vs. Florida
Paint the Town Blue
Midterm of 2014 Fall Semester
Returning to Work and Breastfeeding
Open Access Week Kickoff Event (Webcast)
Grad School 101
Royalty Showcase
Graduate and Professional School Prep Week: Preparing for Law School
Graduate and Professional School Prep Week: Grad School Panel: Surviving Your 1st Year
Film & Panel Discussion: Be Like Others
Graduate and Professional School Showcase
Your Publication, Your Choice: Choosing the Right Open Access Journal
Graduate and Professional School Prep Week
Graduate and Professional School Prep Week
Kitty Karnival
Study Tips for Medical School
LNFS Presents: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Thank-A-Donor Day
Campus Sustainability Day
Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Information Session
Getting Into Medical School
Writing a Winning Personal Statement
Career Assessment Workshop
LNFS Presents: Marimbas From Hell
LNFS Presents: The Fault in Our Stars
Generation Open: Researchers' Roles in the Age of Openness
Homecoming Street Fair
LNFS Presents: Kiki's Delivery Service
LNFS Presents: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
"see blue." Day at Keeneland
Peanut Butter Drive
Pumpkin Carving Tournament
Kentucky Football vs. Mississippi State
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
UK Women's Choir and Paws and Listen
Bill Cooper Faculty Recital
What Makes You "YOU: with Brett T. Spear
UK Trumpet Ensemble
Undergraduate Research Information Session "How to Find A Mentor"
Kentucky Men's Basketball Blue/White Scrimmage
Job Club - How To Get A Job at UK: Updates on IES Applicant Tracking System
Common Reading Experience Author Lecture: Presenting Ishmael Beah
Screening of the documentary Teached
Internship Info Session
LNFS Presents: The Shining
Pinterest Party
UK Lab Safety Fair
Leadership Assessment
"see boo." Halloween Party
Society for the Promotion of Undergraduate Research (SPUR) Meeting
#UKEDTALKS: Design Thinking with Dr. John Nash
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Tennessee
Career Assessment Workshop
LNFS Presents: Lucy
Film Viewing and Discussion of The Other Boleyn Girl
LNFS Presents: Papirosen
Kentucky Women's Soccer vs. Alabama
LNFS Presents: ParaNorman
LNFS Presents: Carrie
All Hallow's Eve Concert (UK Symphony Orchestra)
Work-Life Retirement Conference
Reset Page