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Kathy Mattea to emcee ‘Mountain Stage’

Darlingside will be among performers on Sunday at a taping of “Mountain Stage with Larry Groce” at the Creative Arts Center at West Virginia University. (Photo Provided)

MORGANTOWN — A Grammy Award-winner and native West Virginian will guest host West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s “Mountain Stage with Larry Groce” 7 p.m. Sunday at the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center

Kathy Mattea will emcee the 2018-2019 University Arts Series season finale that will include Darlingside, Greg Brown, Lula Wiles, Si Kahn and The Looping Brothers and Sean McConnell. Tickets starting at $27, $10 for students, are on sale at the Mountainlair and Creative Art Center box offices, Ticketmaster.com and by phone at 304-293-SHOW and 800-745-3000.

The University Arts Series is produced by WVU Arts & Entertainment and presented by University Toyota with support from the Holiday Inn – University Area. Stay connected with the latest event updates through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by following @wvuevents.

The folk quartet Darlingside, comprised of Don Mitchell, Auyon Mukharji, Harris Paseltiner and David Senft, performs around a single microphone. Its harmonies have been compared to Crosby, Stills and Nash and Simon and Garfunkel.

The four musicians are skilled instrumentalists and play the mandolin, banjo, cello, violin, electric and acoustic guitar.

Iowa-raised singer-songwriter Greg Brown came to music through jam sessions hosted at his family’s house. He started recording in 1974.

He has recorded more than a dozen albums, including his 1986 release “Songs of Innocence and of Experience,” when he put aside his own songwriting to set poems by William Blake to music. Brown has earned two Indie Awards from the National Association of Independent Record Distributors and two Grammy nominations.

Isa Burke, Eleanor Buckland and Mali Obomsawin are Lula Wiles. The trio came of age in the practice rooms of Boston’s Berklee College of Music.

Its album “What Will We Do” reflects on the topics that “we are all staying up late thinking about and talking about over drinks at the dinner table,” Obomsawin said.

Si Kahn, besides being a musician, is a civil rights, union and community organizer. He sings songs of family, community, love, work and freedom that have been recorded and performed by hundreds of artists around the world and translated into other languages, including French, Welsh, Hebrew, Swedish, Drents (a Dutch dialect) and Plattdeutsch (Low German).

Sean McConnell’s latest recording “Secondhand Smoke” is his 13th album and it is a collection of modern folk music. Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Meat Loaf, Jake Owen and the Brothers Osborne, among others, have recorded his songs.

“Mountain Stage with Larry Groce” is produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting. The radio show is taped for air on more than 200 National Public Radio stations across America.

WVU has been the show’s second home for the last decade.

Mattea’s career spans more than 20 years. She has become involved in a variety of issues, including arts education and global climate change. She is also involved in social and environmental activism.

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