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Preston House Showcases Musical Talent of Wilson Students, Past and Present, in Tomorrow Night’s Folk Show

by William Kissane, staff writer

Come to Preston House at 7:30 PM on Thursday, Sept. 26 for Folk Night! Enjoy an evening of unplugged, acoustic music featuring Warren Wilson College’s own Old Time String Band along with WWC Alumna, Grace Adams and student, Wes Tirey. Also performing will be Andrew Weathers, coming from Oakland, California.

Weathers is travelling through North Carolina to play in the New Music Festival at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he received a Bachelor of Music in Music Composition. Weathers’ music features guitar and banjo with occasional electronic augmentation.

“My music blurs composition, improvisation, and appropriation, taking key elements from folk, experimental, and punk traditions,” Weathers said.

His music incorporates folk styles and American Primitive guitar. Weathers also provides mastering services in Oakland for a diverse collection of musicians and music styles, working regularly with professional mastering studios around the San Francisco Bay area. He was invited to perform at Folk Night by his friend and musical colleague, Wes Tirey, who organized the event.

“I now live in Oakland, where I moved for grad school at Mills College to study electronic music,” Weathers said. “I met Tirey when he lived in Dayton, Ohio and we’ve worked together in a variety of ways over the years.”

Originally from Dayton, Tirey is a senior at WWC and is studying Philosophy. He’s been writing and releasing music for almost ten years and has played guitar for thirteen.

“As for musical influences, I count Leonard Cohen, Townes Van Zandt, Bill Callahan, Michael Hurley, Mickey Newbury, and collections like the Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk music as major influences,” Tirey said. “Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of Karen Dalton––she’s really blowing my mind.”

Tirey’s EP, “I Stood Among Trees” will be available for purchase at the event along with a selection of Weathers’ recorded works.


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