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2013 Schedule

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2013


January-May, 2013: Trae will be teaching as an adjunct professor in the Buegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Program, East Tennessee State University.


January 9, 2013: Trae will perform for First Broad Street United Methodist Church's Wednesday Nighter program in Kingsport, Tennessee.

 

January 13, 2013: Trae will perform his National Parks (OVNHT) and Overmountain Victory Trail Association sponsored historical show, Tales of Conflict: the Battle of Kings Mountain for the Netherland Inn/Exchange Place Association Annual Meeting in Kingsport, Tennessee.


February 13, 2013: Trae will perform at the ETSU Faculty Concert at the Down Home in Johnson City, Tennessee.

 

February 19, 2013: Trae will perform his National Parks (OVNHT) and Overmountain Victory Trail Association sponsored historical show, Tales of Conflict: the Battle of Kings Mountain for the Kingsport Civic Club in Kingsport, Tennessee.


February 22, 2013:  Trae will perform at Woodland Elementary with the ETSU Taletellers, Johnson City, Tennessee.


February 24, 2013: Trae will perform his National Parks (OVNHT) and Overmountain Victory Trail Association sponsored historical show, Tales of Conflict: the Battle of Kings Mountain for the Virginia Chapter OVTA Kick-off at the Abingdon Muster Grounds, Virginia.


February 25, 2013: Trae will perform his National Parks (OVNHT) and Overmountain Victory Trail Association sponsored historical show, Tales of Conflict: the Battle of Kings Mountain for Kings Mountain High School, Kings Mountain, North Carolina.


February 25, 2013: Trae will perform his National Parks (OVNHT) and Overmountain Victory Trail Association sponsored historical show, Tales of Conflict: the Battle of Kings Mountain for Kings Mountain Middle School, Kings Mountain, North Carolina.

 

March 1, 2013: Trae will perform his National Parks (OVNHT) and Overmountain Victory Trail Association sponsored historical show, Tales of Conflict: the Battle of Kings Mountain for Sharps Chapel Elementary School, Union County, Tennessee.


March 4, 2013: Trae will perform his National Parks (OVNHT) and Overmountain Victory Trail Association sponsored historical show, Tales of Conflict: the Battle of Kings Mountain for the Overmountain Men Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution in Gate City, Virginia.

 

March 5, 2013: Trae will perform with a student band he teaches, the ETSU St. Lawrence Contraband, for the first half of the ETSU Contra dance, Johnson City, TN.


March 6, 2013: Trae will perform with a student band he teaches, the ETSU Possum Hunters, for Live and Local at the Galaxy Lounge in Johnson City, Tennessee.


March 15, 2013: Trae will perform for the Algonac Music Study Club in Algonac, Michigan.


March 22, 2013: Trae will give four performances of his National Parks (OVNHT) and Overmountain Victory Trail Association sponsored historical show, Tales of Conflict: the Battle of Kings Mountain for WC Friday Middle School, Gaston County, North Carolina.


March 26, 2013: Trae will perform with a student band he coaches, the ETSU St. Lawrence Contraband, for the second half of the ETSU Contra dance, Johnson City, TN.


March 28, 2013: Trae will perform his National Parks (OVNHT) and Overmountain Victory Trail Association sponsored historical show, Tales of Conflict: the Battle of Kings Mountain for the Reserve Officers Association, Johnson City, Tennessee.


April 4, 2013:  Trae will perform his National Parks (OVNHT) and Overmountain Victory Trail Association sponsored historical show, Tales of Conflict: the Battle of Kings Mountain for the Johnson City Public Library, Tennessee.


April 5, 2013: Trae and Joseph Sobol will give a storytelling workshop at the Overmountain Victory Trail Annual Conference in Abingdon, Virginia.


April 7, 2013: Trae will perform with one of the bands he instructs, the ETSU Possum Hunters, at a potluck, Johnson City, Tennessee.


April 8, 2013: Trae will perform his National Parks (OVNHT) and Overmountain Victory Trail Association sponsored historical show, Tales of Conflict: the Battle of Kings Mountain for Southwest Branch Library, Newton, North Carolina. 


April 8, 2013: Trae will perform his National Parks (OVNHT) and Overmountain Victory Trail Association sponsored historical show, Tales of Conflict: the Battle of Kings Mountain for St. Stephens Library, Hickory, North Carolina.


April 9, 2013: Trae will play with the ETSU St. Lawrence Contraband, one of the bands he instructs, for the ETSU Contra Dance, Johnson City, Tennessee.


April 11, 2013: Trae will perform with one of the bands he instructs, the ETSU Possum Hunters, at the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Concert at the Veterans Affairs Hospital, Johnson City, TN.


April 13, 2013: Trae will participate as a storyteller and musician in Rocky Mount Historic Site's "Wooly Days" Celebration.


April 17, 2013: Trae will perform his National Parks (OVNHT) and Overmountain Victory Trail Association sponsored historical show, Tales of Conflict: the Battle of Kings Mountain at Heritage Christian Academy, Tazewell, Tennessee.


April 18, 2013:  Trae will give a Storytelling Techniques Workshop for employees of the National Park Service in Greenville, Tennessee.


April 20, 2013: Trae will perform his National Parks (OVNHT) and Overmountain Victory Trail Association sponsored historical show, Tales of Conflict: the Battle of Kings Mountain for the North Carolina Society of the Sons of the American Revolution annual convention, Asheville, North Carolina. 

 

April 23, 2013: Trae will perform with a student band he coaches, the ETSU St. Lawrence Contraband, for the first half of the ETSU Contra Dance, Johnson City, TN.


April 26, 2013: Trae will perform in a storytelling play focusing on the work of the Brothers Grimm at the International Storytelling Center and Mary B. Martin Storytelling Theatre in Jonesborough, Tennessee.


April 27, 2013: Trae will perform in a storytelling play focusing on the work of the Brothers Grimm at the ETSU Comic Con, D.P. Culp Center, Johnson City, Tennessee.


April 28, 2013: Trae will perform in a storytelling play focusing on the work of the Brothers Grimm at the International Storytelling Center and Mary B. Martin Storytelling Theatre in Jonesborough, Tennessee.


May 1, 2013: Trae will perform his National Parks (OVNHT) and Overmountain Victory Trail Association sponsored historical show, Tales of Conflict: the Battle of Kings Mountain for the Natural Resources Management Team of the Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee.

 

May 4, 2013: Trae and Joseph Sobol will play the Jonesborough Historic Dance Society Contra Dance in Jonesborough, Tennessee.


May 8, 2013: Trae will perform his National Parks (OVNHT) and Overmountain Victory Trail Association sponsored historical show, Tales of Conflict: the Battle of Kings Mountain for the Arthur Morgan School, Burnsville, North Carolina. 


May 10, 2013: Trae will perform his National Parks (OVNHT) and Overmountain Victory Trail Association sponsored historical show, Tales of Conflict: the Battle of Kings Mountain at Union County Library, Tennessee.


May 16, 2013: Trae and Will MacMorran will perform for the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy at the Kingsport Allendale Barn, Kingsport, Tennessee.


June 7-9, 2013: Trae will teach a Michigan Fiddle Tunes Workshop and lead a Northern Jam at the Midwest Banjo Camp, in Olivet, Michigan.


June 22, 2013: Trae will appear in conjunction with French-Native storyteller Genot Picor at the Voyageur Days hosted by the Sanilac County Historical Society, Port Sanilac, Michigan.

  

June 27th, 2013: Trae will perform for MacDonald Public Library in New Baltimore, Michigan.


July 3, 2013: Trae will teach three fiddle workshops for the Eve Glen McDonough Folk School for fiddle students on Beaver Island, Michigan.


July 4, 2013: Trae performed with Danny Gillespie and  Danny Johnston's polkabilly band at the Beachcomber and for the Beaver Island Fourth of July Parade, Beaver Island, Michigan.


July 5, 2013: Trae will teach three fiddle workshops for the Eve Glen McDonough Folk School for fiddle students on Beaver Island, Michigan.


July 5, 2013: Trae performed with Danny Gillespie and Danny Johnston's polkabilly band at Dongal Danny's Pub, Beaver Island, Michigan.


July 6, 2013: Trae will perform for the Glen McDonough Memorial Concert, Red Deer, Beaver Island, Michigan.

  

July 13, 2013: Trae will perform Great Lakes stories and songs for the Tall Ships Celebration in Bay City, Michigan. This will be the only stop of the Tall Ships in the Great Lakes for 2013.


July 20, 2013: Trae will perform at the folk club "the Down Home" in Johnson City, TN for an evening of music and stories.


August 6, 2013: Trae will play for a square dance with Jim Boynton calling, Mackinac Island, Michigan.


August 9, 2013: Trae and John McCafferty will perform at the Circle M, Beaver Island, Michigan.


August 10, 2013: Trae and John McCafferty will perform at the Circle M, Beaver Island, Michigan.


August 26-December 15, 2013: Trae will be teaching as an adjunct professor in the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies Program. 


September 7, 2013: Trae will perform with Sigean at the Sycamore Shoals Celtic Festival, Elizabethton, Tennessee.


September 8, 2013: Trae will perform with Sigean at the Sycamore Shoals Celtic Festival, Elizabethton, Tennessee.


September 17, 2013: Trae and Joseph Sobol with play at the ETSU Contra Dance. 


September 21, 2013: Trae and Joseph Sobol will play a contra dance with caller Connie Carringer at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina. 


September 22, 2013: Trae will perform for a special event for the Town of Abingdon, in Abingdon, VA.


September, 23, 2013: Trae will a historical music station for visiting school kids at the Abingdon Muster Grounds, Abingdon Virginia. 


September, 24, 2013: Trae will perform historical music for school kids at the Abingdon Muster Grounds, Abingdon Virginia. 


September, 25, 2013: Trae will perform historical music for school kids at the Abingdon Muster Grounds, Abingdon Virginia. 

 

September 28, 2013: Trae will perform at the Big Stone Gap Celtic Festival, Big Stone Gap, Virginia.


October 3, 2013: Trae and Amythyst Phillips will provide music for a wedding and contradance in Hendersonville, North Carolina.


October 25, 2013: Trae will perform along with storyteller Cathy Jo Janssen at Kennedy Elementary's "Literacy Night," Kingsport, Tennessee.


October 26, 2013: Trae and Joseph Sobol will perform for the Historic Jonesborough Dance Society's contra dance in Jonesborough, Tennessee. 


November 1, 2013: Trae will perform with two of the ETSU bands he instructs at the Renaissance Center, Kingsport, Tennessee. 


November 5, 2013: Trae will perform with one of the ETSU bands he instructs, the St. Lawrence Contraband, at the East Tennessee State University Contra Dance, Johnson City, Tennessee.


November 12, 2013: Trae will perform at the ETSU Faculty Concert at the Down Home, Johnson City, Tennessee. 


November 19, 2013: Trae will perform with one of the ETSU bands he instructs, the St. Lawrence Contraband, at the East Tennessee State University Contra Dance, Johnson City, Tennessee. 


November 20, 2013: Trae will perform with two of the ETSU bands he instructs at the VA in Johnson City, Tennessee. 


November 25, 2013: Trae was emcee and also performed at the ETSU Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Program's concert at the Appalachian Cultural Music Association's Pickin' Porch in Bristol, Tennessee.

 

December 6, 2012: Trae will perform  on behalf of the National Parks Service for Rocky Mount Historic Site's "Candlelight Christmas," program. Bluff City, Tennessee.

  

December 7, 2012: Trae will perform on behalf of the National Parks Service for Rocky Mount Historic Site's "Candlelight Christmas," program. Bluff City, Tennessee.

  

December 13, 2012: Trae will perform on behalf of the National Parks Service for Rocky Mount Historic Site's "Candlelight Christmas," program. Bluff City, Tennessee.

  

December 14, 2012: Trae will perform on behalf of the National Parks Service for Rocky Mount Historic Site's "Candlelight Christmas," program. Bluff City, Tennessee. 

Year's End, Year's Beginning: Reviews, Press Kits, and News

Well, the year is coming to an end, but that means that 2013 is about to begin. I'm pleased with my many performances and workshops of this past year and I'm looking forward to more fun and adventures in the year to come. In the meantime, I'm relaxing for a short break at home in Michigan with family. I'll be starting the year off with some performances in January, so make sure to check the schedule.

Me on the Lake Huron shore, last week before the snow hit.


2013 Press Kits!

Here are some press kits and a poster for 2013:

Click here to load the 2013 Press Kit for Trae McMaken (8.8 Megabytes).

Click here to load a flyer that can be used for Trae's 2013 shows.

Click here to load the 2013 Press Kit for Trae McMaken's Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail and Overmountain Victory Association sponsored historical storytelling show about the Battle of Kings Mountain, Revolutionary War, 1780.

Click here to load the Joseph Sobol and Trae McMaken Duo Press Kit.

 

Recent Reviews of Trae McMaken

Here are some reviews from performances this fall! 

 

"You were very entertaining to the children and built rapport with them almost instantly. We greatly appreciated you supporting our event and would love to use you again in the future!"

Organizer, Turning Pages Together, Literacy Celebration/Disability Awareness Event at Barnes and Noble

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"Wonderful!! I would recommend all schools to utilize this program it really helps students put the Revolutionary War into prospective. The war was not cut and dry, it was not just as simple as the American side fighting against the British. The Revolutionary War was a very complex situation that involved differences of ideals and idealogies often within the same family or clan. Trae McMaken has the unique ability to bring that to life in a simple way so that students can make sense of it."  

 "I think that you did a fabulous job. The students were amazed at your ability to tell your story so well. "   "We have been finished with this portion of NC History for some time now but I believe the students will remember more from the 40 minutes spent with you than they will from their entire unit." 

"Your ability to bring the story to life has sparked such an interest in them that any story you decide to do please keep us aware of it. Thanks for your time.

8th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies Teacher,

 Table Rock Middle School, 

North Carolina.

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"It was refreshing to hear different perspectives concerning the campaign and Battle of Kings Mountain. The inclusion of music and various view points helped to tell a well rounded story while holding the attention of the audience. At the Abingdon Muster Grounds, we are dedicated to tell the story of the Overmountain Men and the vital part they playing during the American Revolution. Trae?s story telling fit perfectly with our mission. In addition, Trae gave presentations regarding music during the colonial era which was both informative and fun."

"Trae?s performance was both informative and captivating. Not only were the students engaged by the storytelling, but the Interpreters who are very familiar with the story of the campaign and Battle of Kings Mountain were as well. Trae?s unique approach was a great way to open our event."

"We would love to have you join us for other events in the future!"

Leigh Anne Hunter
Superintendent of the Abingdon Muster Grounds
Event: John Battle High School, 11th Grade Field Trip

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"Trae was phenomenal. Between his detailed knowledge of the Battle of Kings Mountain and his talents as a storyteller and musician, he 'brought to life' the 18th century. His impact on his audience was evident: survey after survey listed Trae's stories and music as something they will never forget about their evening, even though there was much going on as part of our event. We are so grateful he was able to be part of our Candlelight Christmas."

"It was a great blend of storytelling & music, which allowed our visitors not only to learn some of the details of Kings Mountain, but just as valuable-- the social and cultural history by demonstrating the music and art of storytelling."

TJ DeWitt, Rocky Mount Living History Museum and Historic Site: Candlelight Christmas.

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"The performance was engaging and held the students' attention."

"The kids enjoyed all aspects of the event, ecpecially the fiddling."

"I would like you to come back next year if you can."

Teacher, Holston Valley Middle School,  Tennessee

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"We were all pleased with your presentation."

"My students liked the representation of the characters and the songs."

"I thought the performance was very interesting and well presented."

Teacher, Sullivan East High School, Appalachian Studies class, Tennessee.

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