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February 25, 2018
Meany Hall

Saverio Truglia

Inspired by Martha Redbone’s own life and the women she is descended from, the stories of the Bone family are driven by songs that span a swathe of American music, almost telling a parallel history. From traditional Cherokee chants and lullabies to bluegrass and blues, gospel, jazz, rock ’n’ roll, and rhythm and blues. Bone Hill–The Concert is an epic story of one woman’s return to her childhood homeland on Black Mountain and the coal mines of Harlan County, KY, where her family have dwelled for centuries. Traveling back in time to her childhood and that of her ancestors, this is a story about four generations of Cherokee women and the family’s connection to the land — the simplicity and sacredness of that connection and the ruptures that threaten to extinguish it. Bone Hill–The Concert reveals erased, forgotten truths, and it does so with humor, pathos and exuberance.