Celebrated traditional singer, dulcimer player, author, songwriter Jean Ritchie wrote of her life growing up in the community of Viper, in Perry County, Kentucky, in the book "Singing Family of the Cumberlands." It was a remarkable singing family in every regard; they would spend evenings “singing up the moon” at their homeplace nestled in the mountains.
Ritchie family members live in Berea and generously share their heritage through Christmas Country Dance School, Berea’s Folk Circle, Mountain Folk Festival and recently at the Niles Center at the University of Kentucky.
Three of the Ritchie family nieces, Susie Ritchie, Patty Ritchie Tarter, and Judy Ritchie Hudson, who perform together as the Ritchie Nieces, will come together with their unique repertoire and sweet, close harmony at the Berea Arena Theater on January 6, 2017 at 7:30 to benefit local animal rescue efforts as this year’s C.A.R.E. (Coalition for Animal Rescue Efforts) Concert.
This evening will celebrate Appalachian Old Christmas traditions through shared song, dance, storytelling and instrumental music. Come “sing up the moon” with the Ritchies and others in a warm, inviting time with many other Berea artists and musicians.