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Ralph Stanley, a patriarch of Appalachian music who made four appearances on "Mountain Stage" starting in 1998, died Thursday from difficulties with skin cancer. He was 89. Continue reading to hear performances by Stanley of "Angel Band" and "Pretty Polly" as heard on Mountain Stage.

"Mountain Stage" host and artistic director Larry Groce had this to say:

The skies of Virginia and West Virginia opened last night as Ralph Stanley passed, and poured rain on his home in historic and tragic proportions. Perhaps it’s coincidence.
 

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Mountain Stage loves to travel. In just a few weeks, we’ll be hitting the road for shows at Davis & Elkins College, Abingdon’s Barter Theatre and Grand Marais’ North House Folk School. But before we do, let’s get in the ramblin’ spirit with some good ol’ archived trips.

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What do Marty Stuart, The McCrary Sisters, The Greencards and Tracy Nelson have in common? We're playing them all this week on Mountain Stage After Midnight.

Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Mountain Stage After Midnight takes the best episodes from the show's 31 year history and shares their memories and songs with our late-night listeners.

Gather up some energy and stay up late Saturday June 6 and Sunday June 7 for some spectacular sets on Mountain Stage After Midnight.

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The Carolina Chocolate Drops are supporting frontwoman Rhiannon Giddens' solo debut. Ivan & Alyosha are about to release a new record. Lucinda Williams is even hitting the folk festival circuit with her roots-rock'n hits.

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  Police have arrested eight mountaintop removal mining protesters for trespassing at Alpha Natural Resources headquarters in Bristol, Virginia.

Protesters from Mountain Justice and Radical Action for Mountains and People's Survival say they blocked the entrance to Alpha for two hours Friday. They protested the opening of two new mines on Coal River Mountain in southern West Virginia.

Alpha spokesman Steve Hawkins says the protest didn't prevent anyone from getting to work.