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Liars Bench Southern Appalachian variety show to play "On the Wings of a Snow-White Dove" Religious theme at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center

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Liars Bench Southern Appalachian variety show to play "On the Wings of a Snow-White Dove" Religious theme at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center

Time: July 7, 2011 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: Mountain Heritage Center, Western Carolina University
Street: Hwy 107 South (of Sylva)
City/Town: Cullowhee
Website or Map: http://theliarsbenchgazette.b…
Phone: 828.506.7969
Event Type: southern, appalachian, storytelling, music, poetry, drama, folk, arts, live, variety, show
Organized By: Dave Waldrop
Latest Activity: Jun 26, 2011

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The Liars Bench

“An Authentic Traditional Southern Appalachian Storytelling, Music, Poetry, Dramatic, and Folk Arts Live Variety Show”


June 26, 2011

Contact: Gary Carden


               Carl Iobst



Artistic Director Of The Liars Bench Announces Premier Show at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center.


Liars Bench Southern Appalachian variety show to play “On the Wings of a Snow White Dove” Religious theme at July Mountain Heritage Center show.


Sylva, June 26, 2011— On Thursday July 7 at 7:00 pm The Liars Bench moves to WCUs Mountain Heritage Center in Cullowhee with an “On the Wings of a Snow-White Dove” religious show theme. July’s presentation will be the premier of the Liars Bench show at the prestigious Mountain Heritage Center auditorium and a first with an old-time religion through stories and song motif.


Dr. Gary Carden, artistic director and host of the Liars Bench performs “Go Down Death” with musician Steve Brady. The White Sisters, a Franklin Gospel group, perform “On the Wings of a Snow-White Dove,” among other Gospel favorites. Will Peebles, head of WCUs music department, will demonstrate shape note singing (with audience participation). Mary Fowler, a spiritual singer from Liberty Baptist Church on Scotts Creek, performs “The Goodness of Jesus.” Paul Iarussi, recently featured on Larry the Cable Guy’s “Made in America” will perform old-time claw hammer guitar numbers guaranteed to get your toes tapping. And a mystery guest or two just might put in an appearance—wait and see.


Carden said “the Liars Bench is a special cultural event and an opportunity for the audience to learn about religion in our southern mountain history.


Regular cast members include Gary Carden, Lloyd Arneach, Paul Iarussi, Barbara Duncan, Dave Waldrop, Steve Brady, and the show’s mascot Bodine. The Liars Bench recognizes established regional artists and performers and encourages new talent also. The Liars Bench has been a crowd pleaser from the very first show in June of 2010 promoting any and all aspects of Appalachian culture.


“The Liars Bench is a unique blend of culturally accurate mountain Americana with traditional Southern Appalachian entertainment for everyone. We attempt to treat Appalachian culture with integrity and authenticity and to be an accurate reflection of the Southern Highlanders and their ways. This show is one you will not want to miss” said Carden.


The Liars Bench was created in the early summer of 2010 by Gary Carden to promote Southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry, drama, and folk arts.


Coming Thursday August 4 at 7:00 pm at the MHC: “Cherokee in a Changing World: Traditional and contemporary legends and lore.”



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