Youth Expressions of Appalachian Identity in a Three-Generation Family Band

Youth Expressions of Appalachian Identity in a Three-Generation Family Band

The familiar Appalachian impulse to “keep tradition alive” frequently represents a complex negotiation of past and present values among generational members. How might the young be invited to dynamically participate in music traditions in ways that inspire strong personal identification with Appalachian heritage? This artistic presentation will feature the traditional and original music of Tellico, a three-generation family band with Appalachian, urban Appalachian and suburban roots. Song selections will help tell the story of family migration experience, creative adaption embraced by specific generational members and the unique sense of cultural and musical identity that young performers develop within the music. Finally, Tellico will share its collective performance mission of actively engaging diverse community groups in reflective conversation about Appalachian identity. Audience members are invited to participate and share reflections.