Both Sides Now: The Prolific Reach of Scots Culture in the Southern Appalachians

Wednesday, Jul 5, 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

159 Chestnut St.

$5/members, seniors, students, military, EBT cardholders; $8/general public


From themes to titles, Scots culture has influenced American music and literature widely – in particular, that of the southern Appalachian Mountains. Join Jack Beck and Wendy Welch for a fun and fact and music filled evening exploring how the best of Scotland got mixed into the best of America. Be prepared to sing along on the choruses. And, if you'd like to experience more Scottish culture here in the High Country, the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games begin the very next day.

Jack Beck is a Scottish-born singer of traditional Scots ballads and songs. He has toured widely in Europe and the US. Honored as a life member of the Traditional Music and Song Association in Scotland, Jack has many recordings to his name. He presents the weekly Celtic music program Celtic Clanjamphry on WETS FM in Johnson City, TN, and WEHC FM from Emory and Henry College in Virginia. 

Wendy Welch holds a PhD in ethnography, has published many articles and books and was a professional storyteller and board member of the Scottish and American national storytelling organizations. She is Director of the Graduate Medical Education Consortium based in Wise County VA, and lectures on cultural studies at UVA Wise. Her most widely known book, The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap (St. Martin’s Press 2012), describes how she and her husband Jack came to establish their bookstore, Tales of the Lonesome Pine, in a small Southern town. Her most recent book is Fall or Fly, covering adoption and foster care in rural Appalachia.

Both Sides Now is made possible in part by BRAHM's Appalachian Culture and Heritage Education Fund. For more information, click here