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The Melody Lingers On: Music & Memory benefit w/ Michael & Carrie Kline, Don Olson, & the Ginsangers

January 4, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


The Melody Lingers On–A Benefit for the New Music and Memory Program at ERCC

Open the New Year with Randolph County locals Michael and Carrie Kline, Don Olson, and the Ginsangers Jan. 4, 2 p.m., RCCAC for an afternoon of music, refreshments and social time. The benefit supports Elkins Rehabilitation and Care Center as the first West Virginia location of the nationally acclaimed Music and Memory Program.

Michael and Carrie Kline present their music both as entertainment and social history, with engaging ease and hard-hitting passion. Michael and Carrie have spent years recording music and spoken narrative in Cherokee, North Carolina, the Appalachian coalfields and mountainside farms, along with industrial cities from Cincinnati to New England. The Klines’ high mountain harmony vocals meld with their intertwining bass lines on two guitars, with Michael Kline’s melodic flat-picking guitar playing and Carrie’s dynamic backup.

“Carrie and Michael Kline are the real deal. They live and breathe Appalachian culture and music. Their voices carry the songs with truth and authenticity, without a hint of pretense or affectation, and their guitar accompaniments are excellent, just what the songs call for. With their vast knowledge of West Virginia history and culture, and their deep roots in the mountains, you can be assured their concerts are not only a treat for the ear, but a journey into the depth and breadth of the real Appalachia and beyond.”

Longtime Randolph County resident Don Olson will be performing a mix of blues, jazz and other selections from the great American songbook.

The Ginsangers performance is a confluence of timeless classics and fresh songwriting that speaks from the soul of America. From the first song you understand why Connie & Dave have been so widely praised for their songwriting. Sure, these songs come
from the Mountains of West Virginia, but there’s an immediacy that translates to anyone in any region. The musicians they bring with them
are top-notch, and support the tunes perfectly. So you get a combination of great songs played by excellent players. You can’t ask for more than that. — Chris McLaughlin, Tamarack Events Director

MUSIC & MEMORY℠ is a non-profit organization that brings personalized music into the lives of the elderly or infirm through digital music technology, vastly improving quality of life.

We train nursing home staff and other elder care professionals, as well as family caregivers, how to create and provide personalized playlists using iPods and related digital audio systems that enable those struggling with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive and physical challenges to reconnect with the world through music-triggered memories.

By providing access and education, and by creating a network of MUSIC & MEMORY℠ Certified elder care facilities, we aim to make this form of personalized therapeutic music a standard of care throughout the health care industry. http://musicandmemory.org/about/mission-and-vision/

Tickets are available in advance and at the door. Reservations (not required but recommended) may be made by calling the RCCAC at 304.637.2355 or ERCC at 304.636.1391. Ticket Prices: $12 – General Admission; $10 – Students and Seniors.


Randolph County Community Arts Center


Randolph County Community Arts Center
2 Park Street
Elkins, WV 26241 United States
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