Moving Mountain: Voices of Appalachia Rise Up Against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Monday, May 17, 2004, 8:00 PM

Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring
10309 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD
$12 advance/$15 door

This concert is dedicated to the environmental fight against the devastation of mountains and communities in the coalfields of southern and central Appalachia. Moving Mountains was compiled by lifelong musician and activist Jen Osha, who first heard coalfield residents speak about the impact of mountaintop removal (MTR) in their communities during her graduate work in Forestry at Yale. A Mountain State resident, Osha has devoted much of her time to harnessing the healing and storytelling power of music to help coalfield communities end the legal practice of MTR. The CD features artists inspired by the devastation of Appalachian MTR coal mining, including singer/songwriter Andrew McKnight, songwriter and WV Public Radio host Kate Long, guitarist/songwriter Mike Morningstar, and venerable fiddler Vasser Clements. Along with 13 songs, the CD includes 6 interviews with residents of the impacted areas. Most of the proceeds from sales of Moving Mountains will go to non-profit organizations helping mining communities threatened or destroyed by MTR, including the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and Coal River Mountain Watch.

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