Appalachian music and art at its best.
From front porches to church halls to barn dances the music of the mountains became a staple of life, a means of bringing people together or just passing the time.
The Mountain Music Trail
Music gives soundtrack to our lives.
Folks who live in the mountains use music to entertain, conveythe joy and pain of life, and continue stories passed on through several generations. The Mountain Music Trail promotes thetraditional music, dance, and folkways of the Allegheny Mountain region of WestVirginia in Monroe, Greenbrier, Pocahontas, Randolph and Tucker counties. The winding ribbon of highway known as U. S.Route 219 is the backbone of the Trail where venues feature Mountain Music and showcase legends inthe industry as well as up and coming musical groups.
Check out the website for locations and dates you can hearand enjoy this unique music, written and sung by a special kind of people.
Pocahontas County Opera House
The Pocahontas County Opera House built in 1909 by J. G. Tilton, publisher of the Marlinton Messenger, opened as a venue for the rapidly increasing number of cultural and sporting events in the Marlinton area.
The century old building is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the performing arts center of the community. On any given Friday or Saturday night the building is packed with people, who come from far and near.
Accomplished musicians, who hail from the mountains, work to insure young people from throughout the region learn the skills to play the old time mountain music. The Allegheny Echoes is an extraordinary program of workshops where proficient musicians instruct and demonstrate how to play the instruments that mountain music is centered on – banjo, guitar, mandolin, flat pick, fiddle, bass and dulcimer. Those interested in writing music are encouraged to participate in classes aimed at the novice and the experienced. Based in Marlinton, the Allegheny Echoes offers summer classes in an inspiring venue.