Square dance calling — the spoken instructions said over the music — makes participation easy. But there are other aspects — like the prevalence of gendered language such as “ladies and gents” — that can make square dancing an unwelcoming or confusing space. One group of friends in the Appalachian square dance scene are taking action to make the tradition more welcoming for all participants.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
This week’s all new episode of Mountain Stage was recorded on the campus of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. You’ll hear a set from roots music superduo Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott. You’ll also hear bluegrass and indie folk darling Sarah Jarosz make her first appearance on Mountain Stage, along with sets from two of today’s most remarkable string bands: The Deadly Gentlemen and Old Man Luedecke. And the ETSU Old Time Pride Band pay tribute to the historic Johnson City recording sessions of the late 1920’s. Listen this Sunday at 2 pm on West Virginia Public Radio, or on over one of 130 across America.