My Appalachian Celebration was a huge success! The only thing that could have made it better-was if every Blind Pig reader could have been there too.
You knew there was going to be singing-and there was-by The Pressley Girls and the whole Blind Pig Gang. I think we set a world record. I’m positive we did the song Poor Man the fastest it has ever been done. We had it moving along so fast Paul could barely get the words in their place.
Sometimes that happens-at least this time it made me smile. I felt like the mischievous sister watching Paul sing faster and faster while we all played faster and faster.
There was some mighty fine clogging by the Kudzu Kickers. What a great bunch of kids! They’ve been dancing together for so many years they remind me of the siblings in The Sound of Music. The team always does a great job-but something seemed extra special about their clogging that night. Watching them filled my heart with pride and made me teary eyed all at the same time.
Gayle Larson played the spoons as folks began to arrive. She never ceases to amaze me-truly one of the most interesting and talented ladies I have ever met.
Then there was Granny Sue-the star of the night. Wow what a storyteller! Granny Sue had the crowd in the palm of her hand. One lady told me she was sitting on the edge of her seat during the scary parts. My favorite stories were the funny ones. I especially loved the one about her husband Larry thinking a ghost was after him when it was actually his imagination and the Prince Albert can full of marbles he had in his back pocket.
I was honored by the Blind Pig readers who did make the show. I wish I had thought of taking a photo of all the Blind Pig readers who were there before the night was over. I’m thinking this won’t be the last Appalachian Celebration so I’ll add the group photo to the list for next time.
I promised those of you who were unable to attend because of distance or prior commitments I’d share part of the show via video. I thought sharing a video of Granny Sue, one of the cloggers, and one of the music would give you a taste for what the night was like. Unfortunately a small technical issue left me with no video of Granny Sue from the night-but I did video her telling a story to the girls at my kitchen table so that will suffice.
Since this is Monday-lets start this week off with a peppy clogging number by the Kudzu Kickers. Chatter and Chitter are the girls with their hair plaited (braided).
I hope you enjoyed the clogging! Drop back by in the next few days for a peek at the music and for a story from Granny Sue.