TAYLOR COUNTY—West Virginia has a rich history and a culture all its own, something that performance artist Mick Souter will touch on during his one-man-show coming to Tygart Lake State Park.
West Virginia’s leading educational performing artist and Elkins resident will provide an insightful and entertaining performance for guests on the outside lawn area at the Tygart Lake State Park Lodge, beginning at 7:00 p.m., on Friday, June 17.
What better place than the beautiful, breathtaking scenic surroundings of Tygart Lake for Souter to present his show titled “Celebrate West Virginia.”
“Mick is a multi-instrumentalist storyteller, and his songs touch on aspects of WV culture including history, farming and railroads,” revealed Tygart Lake State Park Naturalist Jacob Jackson. “He uses traditional Appalachian old-time instruments, and the show is family-friendly, so it’s great for all ages.”
During the evening, West Virginia’s “Bard of Education” will present a variety of folk tunes and tales that celebrate the people, the history, and the culture of West Virginia.
Throughout the performance, he will provide historically accurate theatrical anecdotes mixed with exciting instrument playing, and a lineup of sing-along songs, both traditional tunes and Souter originals.
Guests will be completely entertained by his banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer, autoharp, guitar and harmonica stylings, and attendees will be encouraged to participate by singing and clapping along with the music.
According to Jackson, the show includes songs such as the title song “Celebrate West Virginia” and “Singin’ Mountain Pride”, both by Souter, along with “John Henry,” “The New River Train,” “The West Virginia Hills” and John Denver’s “Country Roads,” among others.
“Celebrate West Virginia is free and open to the public,” Jackson revealed. “So, bring a chair or blanket and get ready for a fun, exciting night of songs and storytelling! This is a family-friendly event for everyone of all ages.”
Souter has made thousands of appearances at festivals, theaters, state parks and schools throughout West Virginia and several other states throughout his nearly 30-year career.
His antics have earned him the recognition of “West Virginia’s Bard of Education.”
He revealed that he has been performing since college, finding it to be something he thoroughly enjoys. In fact, for ten years, Souter was in a band called Night Sky and would tour from Canada to Florida at various places.
He was also an English teacher at Davis and Elkins College, and after that he was the Musical Director at Huttonsville Correctional Center for eight years.
For more information about this and other activities being held at Tygart Lake State Park, please contact Jackson by phone at 304-265-6148 or by emailing [email protected].