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"Music of the Coalfields" Kicks Off Coal Heritage Lecture Series


  An annual spring lecture series that explores the heritage of the coal industry kicks off the first week of February with featured musicians and poets.  

“The Music of the Coalfields” is the title of the first installment of the Coal Heritage Lecture Series at Concord University’s Beckley campus. It will feature performances by Julie Adams, Colleen Anderson, and Josh Barrett.  The trio will perform traditional Appalachian music centered on the coalfields including “Coal Tattoo” and “The L and N Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore.” 

  • February 3rd (snow day Feb. 7): “The Music of the Coalfields” 7 p.m. in Room E 10 at the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center on Airport Road in Beaver, W.Va. and are free and open to the public.
  • March 3rd: Environmentalists speak out against mountaintop removal and fracking.
  • April 7th: Bill Raney from the Friends of Coal speaks in favor of mountaintop removal.
  • May 5th: Guests from the union organization, WV AFL-CIO, speak.

 Sponsored by Concord University and the National Coal Heritage Area Authority, lectures are free and open to the public. For more information contact Karen Vuranch at (304) 575-3636 or or Concord University’s Beckley campus at (304) 256-0270.