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Sam Gleaves, Deborah Payne and Ali Hintz

Singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Sam Gleaves joins fiddlist Deborah Payne to perform songs based on poems by Ali Hinz. 

Climbing Through The Kitchen Window: 
Poems by Ali Hintz?

Sam Gleaves was born and raised in Wytheville, Virginia where he began playing music as a teenager with the help of local mentor Jim Lloyd, a multi-instrumentalist, storyteller and barber. Lloyd introduced Gleaves to nationally recognized ballad singer Sheila Kay Adams who shared with Gleaves the old "love songs" of her community tradition. Rooted in Appalachian sounds, Gleaves' songwriting sings of contemporary rural life and social issues. While earning a degree in Folklore at Berea College, Gleaves performed with the Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble directed by Al White. In 2015, Gleaves collaborated with Grammy-winning producer Cathy Fink and released a debut record of original songs, titled "Ain't We Brothers," which has been featured by The Guardian, National Public Radio, and No Depression. Gleaves tours extensively in the U.S. and he has performed in Ireland, England, Canada, Japan and Italy. In 2017, Gleaves released a duo recording with Tyler Hughes which received glowing reviews from Fatea, Rock n Reel, fROOTS, and others. In 2018, Gleaves collaborated with Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer on a trio recording, "Shout & Shine," which Justin Hiltner of the Bluegrass Situation called, "viscerally powerful . . . a perfect illustration of cross-generational mind melds and musical melds."  Gleaves now makes his home in Hindman, Kentucky where he currently serves as the Traditional Arts Director at the Hindman Settlement School. A passionate teaching artist, Gleaves has shared Appalachian traditions at numerous music camps, colleges, universities, and public schools. 
Deborah Payne is a fiddler and singer from Berea, Kentucky.  Deborah's music is strongly infused by some of the region's most beloved musicians with mentorship by artists such as Jean Ritchie, the McLain Family Band, and Michael Cleveland.  Deborah has maintained the traditions of the region playing for folk dances, teaching children's dance, and providing lessons for area students. Deborah has played and toured both locally and internationally with numerous bluegrass and old time bands and folk dance groups.

Ali Hintz is a poet and farmer from the Pennsylvania mountains. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in Miracle Monocle, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, Young Ravens Literary Review, and more. She is currently farming at the Hindman Settlement School in Hindman, Kentucky and pursuing her MFA in poetry at the University of Arkansas.
Saturday, June 22nd - 2:00 PM to 5:00 PMAdd to Calendar

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