The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea celebrates 10 years as Kentucky’s showcase for the arts with three days of celebration, and on Friday, July 19, Robert Tincher, of Lexington, will sing ballads accompanied by guitar, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Photo:  Robert Tincher will perform at the Kentucky Artisan Center on July 19


Tincher grew up in Berea, and was trained in classical piano until his interest switched to Appalachian ballads and the popular folk music of the 1960s. He was impressed by many variations of ballads, learning from such masters as Jean Ritchie, John Jacob Niles and Buell Kazee. Teaching himself to play autoharp, guitar, harmonica and banjo, Tincher travelled to England and Scotland to experience his favorite ballads in their lands of origin.

Moving to Boston in 1973, Tincher worked for a music publisher, performed and immersed himself in Boston’s rich Irish and multi-ethnic environment. Returning to Kentucky in 1976, he pursued anthropology studies at the University of Kentucky and became regionally well-known as a folk music scholar and performer.

Having played with numerous Celtic music groups, Tincher now performs solo, focusing on ballads accompanied by guitar, played with his unique finger-picking style. Tincher mixes story and song with history and personal experience to take his listeners on a journey across the Atlantic and back. His performances capture the austere beauty and soulfulness of the traditional ballad genre, breathing new life and style into these timeless tales in song.

Tincher’s performance during the Kentucky Artisan Center’s 10 Year Celebration is made possible in part by the Kentucky Arts Council.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is located at 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75 at Berea, Exit 77. The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas are open daily, year-round, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the cafe is open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Celebrating 10 years in 2013 with three days of events and activities July 19-21, the center currently features works by more than 650 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. Special exhibits include “The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea: Celebrating 10 Years,” on display through Aug. 24; and “The Founding of the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea” and “Highlights of the First 10 Years,” on display in the lobby through Nov. 17, 2013. For more information about the center’s events call 859-985-5448, visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kentucky.artisan.center, or go to the center’s website at www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.



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