Museums

Music of the Carolinas

When: Sun., Dec. 9, 3-4 p.m. 2012

You're not expected to know the name of The Happy Valley Pals or necessarily the names of the old tunes they play. You won't be quizzed on how fiddler and guitarist Wayne Martin met bassist Dwight Rogers, either. Rather, the takeaway from the latest edition of the thoughtful Music of the Carolinas series is the function of music-making as a community affair. The Pals, who've been playing these songs together for decades, will explain and play "Breaking Up Christmas," a tune and tradition whereby neighbors would gather for late-night parties full of friends picking familiar songs and dancing to them. This isn't a holiday-themed show as much as a demonstration of a song's larger folk capabilities. —Grayson Currin

Price: Free

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