Rich Kirby has been soaked in mountain music for longer than he cares to mention. His exposure to it began in the lap of his grandmother Addie Graham, an outstanding Kentucky traditional singer. That began a lifelong involvement with the music—learning, performing, collecting, recording and teaching. He plays banjo, fiddle, mandolin and guitar; his repertoire includes ballads, hoedowns, religious pieces, mining songs, and “just songs.” Besides solo work he performed in Wry Straw with John McCutcheon and Tom Bledsoe and later with Bledsoe as a duet; more recently he led the Kentucky-based band Rich and the Po’ Folk. Much of Rich’s work has been entwined with Appalshop, the media art center in Whitesburg, Kentucky. He was one of the founders of Appalshop’s June Appal Recordings in 1974, recording several albums for the label and producing many more. He recently retired after 20 years at Appalshop’s community radio station WMMT. His latest project is The Very Day I’m Gone, a compilation of Addie Graham songs as performed by some of our finest traditional artists. Make sure to join us for this "Old Home Place" series concert at the Ralph Stanley Museum! This is one you definitely do not want to miss!
Admission is $5 at the door. Concert begins at 6 PM. Doors open at 5:30 PM.