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Avery JAM (NC)

AveryJAM

Avery JAM serves children in the High Country of North Carolina at Banner Elk Elementary School. Avery JAM started as an inter-generational music education program in 2015 at the elementary school, taught by local volunteering old time musicians. Offered to kids in grades 3-8 and their family members, this special program is now an official JAM affiliate. It is available to all children throughout Avery County during different sessions at varying locations throughout the year (Banner Elk Elementary and Cranberry Middle School). For questions about transportation, please contact the program director (see below).

Click here for information about spring 2017’s sessions (PDF flyer)

For more information or to sign up, please call Niki Lamotte, Program Director at 919-624-0466.

Current Avery JAM Instructors

Edie Ferguson – dulcimer
Floyd Townsend – guitar
Rhody Jane Meadows – string band, banjo
Niki LaMotte – bass
Art Lang – fiddle, autoharp, banjo
Faith Shaffner – mandolin
Claire Kimmel – guitar
Beth Summitt – beginning banjo

Avery JAM Advisory Board

Dan Greene
Barbara Roesner
Bruce Roesner
Bobbie Willard
Tracy Grit

Avery County is rich in musical and other Appalachian cultural history. It is home to Beech Mountain, where the legendary storytelling Hicks family lived. Other notable musicians include Lulu Belle & Scotty Wiseman, Jim & Jennie Vance, and old-time fiddler Red Wilson. The traditions are alive and well today in the area.

Click this link to explore the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area’s listing of historic and current musicians from Avery County.

Practice Songs for Students – Spring 2016

Bile Them Cabbage (slow)

Bile Them Cabbage (medium speed)

Bile Them Cabbage (jamming speed)

Cotton Eyed Joe (slow)

Cotton Eyed Joe (medium)

Cotton Eyed Joe (jamming)

The Crawdad Song (slow)

The Crawdad Song (medium)

The Crawdad Song (jamming)

She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain (slow)

She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain (medium)

She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain (jamming)

Standing in the Need of Prayer (slow)

Standing in the Need of Prayer (medium)

Polly Wolly Doodle (slow)

Polly Wolly Doodle (medium)

Polly Wolly Doodle (jamming)

Oh Susanna (slow)

Oh Susanna (medium)

Oh Susanna (jamming)

My Home’s Across the Blue Ridge Mountains (slow)

My Home’s Across the Blue Ridge Mountains (medium)

My Home’s Across the Blue Ridge Mountains (jamming)

Down in the Valley (slow)

Down in the Valley (medium)

Down in the Valley (jamming)

I’ll Fly Away (medium)

I’ll Fly Away (jamming)