UK’s Niles Center for American Music’s 2012 Appalachia in the Bluegrass lineup

Louisville-based Appaltin will open this year’s Appalachia in the Bluegrass series at the University of Kentucky’s John Jacob Niles Center for American Music. Photo from

The University of Kentucky’s Niles Center for American Music is once again presenting a fall lineup of free concerts at noon Fridays in the Niles Gallery of the Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library. The Appalachia in the Bluegrass series in the past has featured artists from musicians straight off their front porches in Eastern Kentucky to artists who have achieved national and international acclaim. As always, the concerts are free and open to the public.

Sept. 7, Appalatin: Louisville-based band combining Appalachian and Caribbean sounds.

Sept. 14, Lee Sexton with John Sexton: Letcher County banjo legend with his son.

Sept. 21, Sparky and Rhonda Rucker: Husband and wife folk duo from Tennessee.

Sept. 28, Appalachian Association of Sacred Harp Singers: Informal group of shape-note singers.

Oct. 5, Jarflies: Lexington-based banjo and fiddle duo.

Oct. 12, Roger Cooper: Lewis County fiddler.

Oct. 19, Morehead State University KCTM String Band: Group of Morehead students studying old-time music.

Oct. 26, Si Kahn: Artist and activist who will be in residence at UK.

Nov. 2, Don Pedi: North Carolina-based dulcimer artist.

Nov. 9, Ruth McLain Smith: Berea-based member of the McLain Family Band.

Nov. 16, Rich and the Po’ Folk: Letcher County old-time string band.

Nov. 30, Red State Ramblers: Annual appearance by the Lexington group.

Dec. 7, Crankies — Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle: Banjo and fiddle music accompanied by moving scroll illustrations.

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