Anne MacFie, a folk singer, songwriter and storyteller from eastern Kentucky, will present a lunchtime concert at MTSU's Center for Popular Music at noon Friday, April 25.
The free public event inside the university's Bragg Mass Communication Building will feature MacFie's versions of the traditional ballads and stories she learned from her Appalachian foothills neighbors. She has also worked with and learned from artists such as Lily May Ledford, Jean Ritchie and Almeda Riddle.
A professional musician since 1969, MacFie has performed internationally and has recorded three solo albums as well as works as a member of the Twa Sisters duo and with the Civil War ensemble, Privates By Choice.
MacFie has given summer concerts and directed music festivals for many years in the Kentucky State Parks, including Pine Mountain's Great American Dulcimer Convention, and for the National Parks and Forests. She has taught classes and workshops for festivals and folk camps, including Kentucky Music Week, Swannanoa Gathering and Yellowbanks Dulcimer Festival, and is the folksong instructor for annual Road Scholar programs on Appalachian culture.
She is also an accomplished and acclaimed songwriter; artists such as Kentucky Standard and the Gallier Brothers Band regularly perform her songs.
The Center for Popular Music at MTSU is a research center devoted to the study and scholarship of popular music in America. Established in 1985 by the Tennessee Board of Regents as one of 6 Centers of Excellence across the TBR system, MTSU's CPM maintains an archive of research materials stretching from the early 18th century to the present and develops and sponsors programs in American vernacular music.