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Kaylor venue to feature Appalachian music

KAYLOR -- An evening of music will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Kaylor Germans from Russia Heritage Hall by musician Pam Monfore and company, playing Appalachian Old Time Music.

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The concert will be free, but there will be an opportunity to donate to help offset expenses.

Monfore learned about Appalachian music when she lived in the mountains of North Carolina in the mid 1980s but didn't start playing the clawhammer banjo until 1990, when she was living in Alaska. She learned the music by listening to recorded music and using music books. She also played at dances and Alaskan music festivals for 20 years.

She moved to South Dakota in 2011 and has been traveling the U.S. attending music festivals for the last two years. Last spring, she was selected fourth-best banjo player in the Florida Old Time Music Championship competition.

Appalachian Old Time Music is the traditional music of the region of Appalachia in the eastern United States.