Music at the Library Centennial Celebration

Don’t miss the amazing music at our Library Centennial Celebration on April 25 at 6pm!  Friends of the Black Mountain Library are honored and excited to have Julia Weatherford and Pearl Angeline Shirley share old time Appalachian music with us at the celebration.  Long-time Black Mountain residents, Julia and Pearl, mother and daughter, have been singing and playing together since the 1980s.

Julia Weatherford has been a full-time artist/musician for as long as anyone can remember.  She is a veteran performer on both the cello and violin with notable performing groups that range from the Asheville Symphony to the world fusion Akira Satake Band. She was the artistic director of the legendary Black Mountain Festival in its early years, and more recently the Coordinator of Fiddle Week at The Swannanoa Gathering.  Currently she performs regionally with StrathSpan and Ceilidh Doon, and is the cellist of choice for the Canote Brothers.  

Pearl Shirley grew up in Black Mountain soaking in the traditional Appalachian music and dance almost without noticing.  She picked up a tiny violin at age 5, and since then has fiddled her way through hundreds of foot-stomping contra dances and folk concerts.  Pearl has toured with the popular contra band Mock Turtle Soup, and she currently performs with the acclaimed old-time band, Blue Eyed Girl.Thank you Julia and Pearl for sharing your music and talent with us as we celebrate the library’s 100th anniversary!