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Ruth Wyand – Nov 19, 2016

Ruth Wyand returns to perform on November 19 at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House in Kitty Hawk. Ruth will present her original program “Through Their Voices: Female Musical Activists in North Carolina.”

nc-humanities-councilThis project is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Through photographs, narratives and live music, Ruth will demonstrate how the songs and stories of six North Carolina women embody their efforts to inspire change and foster greater societal awareness of their causes in both local and national arenas.

ruth-wyand-photo-mediaThe presentation will highlight traditional female Cherokee and Lumbee tribal storytellers, union organizer and balladeer Ella May Wiggins, blues musician Etta Baker, mountain musician Samantha Bumgarner, and conclude with the jazz great Nina Simone. Ruth will contextualize the musical and poetic contributions of these women by sharing a brief overview of their life, struggle and achievement.

Ruth won the Blues Challenge for the Triangle Blues Society in Durham in September and will be going to Memphis in February to represent North Carolina for the International Challenge.  She will be doing a set of acoustic blues after the “Through Their Voices” program for her second set of the evening.

See for more information about Ruth.

The concert is part of the congregation’s annual fundraising series, Music at the Meeting House, which hosts local artists in a quiet listening environment. Doors open at 7:00 pm. The performance begins at 7:30 pm. Price is $20. Light hors d’oeuvres and desserts, soft drinks, wine and coffee will be served before the performance and during intermission.

Proceeds help the congregation support community organizations who use the meeting house such as Al-anon, Feline Hope, Jewish Community of the Outer Banks and Weight Watchers.

Upcoming events in this season’s series include a concert and art show opening by Mojo Collins on January 7

Call 252-261-2801 or email to ask questions. The UU Meeting House is located at 831 Herbert Perry Road at the corner of Kitty Hawk Road.