Ed Harrison Memorial Celtic Christmas at Hagood Mill
Several years ago, Hagood Mill approached well known local Uilleann Pipe player Ed Harrison to host a Celtic Christmas show in December. The event has become an annual event and has featured many fine local and even international musicians sharing songs of the season.
Ed Harrison was a remarkably versatile musician, with a passion for playing multiple styles of roots music on a wide variety of instruments. He was an accomplished dobro player and clawhammer banjo player, as well as playing cajun accordion and the aforementioned Uilleann pipes. His warmth, good humor, and ready laugh were a comfort to his family and many friends in the area. Sadly, after over 20 years of battling cancer, Ed passed away in 2012. The annual event has been named in his honor.
This years' event features three local musical acts: Lucy Allen and Marshall Goers; The Battleaxe Band; and Lissakeole.
Lucy Allen and Marshall Goers are an acoustic duo whose passion for roots music combines elements of various musical genres. For the past ten years, Allen and Goers have shared the stage, creating memorable musical performances. They have made two recordings together: Just Passing Through and Won't See Tadpoles Covered in Fur, an album dedicated to kids of all ages. Allen and Goers have been regulars at the Celtic Christmas show the last several years, hosting a sing-along portion of the event.
The BattleAxe Band puts out Old Time and Americana music that is fun and hard-driving. Their vocals will stop you in your tracks. They have been playing together for close to 10 years and have a fine “old time” band sound. The band likes to play old time tunes from the well-known, such as "Mississippi Sawyer" and "Yellow Rose of Texas", to the more obscure, such as "Pat 'Em On the Back" and "Greasy Coat". Songs also play an important role in their repertoire. You may hear an old ballad, a John Prine, a Gillian Welch, or an Old Crow song, or even a traditional gospel number. All of the BattleAxes have been singing and playing music for most of their lives. Band members are: Amy Buckingham on fiddle, guitar, banjo, and vocals; Brooke Mitchell Lauer on banjo, fiddle, and vocals; Lucy Allen on guitar and vocals; and Nancy Hamilton on bass and vocals.
Lissakeole (lis-sa-key-ole) is a highly skilled, versatile, five-member Irish music group from Greenville. The band consists of Gabrielle Ward (lead vocalist, bodhran, and tin whistle), Kaplan Ward (vocalist, guitar, and bouzouki), Cody Wagar (tenor vocalist, guitar), Jennifer Vittoe (bass, backup vocalist), and Daniel Hendrix (uilleann pipes, tin whistle, low whistle). Lissakeole plays and sings many popular Irish tunes and songs, but they put their own stamp upon them. They also play several original songs along with some lesser-known songs to keep things fresh. Further, they utilize the uilleann pipes, the national bagpipe of Ireland. All of this makes Lissakeole an exciting and unique band and a pleasure to hear.
This promises to be a very special day at Hagood Mill. Why even Santa Clause himself has decided to drop by and join in on the entertainment. Kids and adults alike are welcome to come sit on Santa’s lap and share a Christmas wish. Bring a camera and Ole Saint Nick may even pose for a picture with you. (12:00 – 2:00 pm)
So come down to Hagood Mill and enjoy this festive season!
There will be lots of other things to see on December 16th as Hagood Mill hosts a variety of folk life and traditional arts demonstrations. There will be blacksmithing, bowl-digging, flint knapping, chair-caning, moonshining, broom-making, basket-making, pottery, quilting, spinning, knitting, weaving, woodcarving, metal-smithing, bee keeping, leather-working and more! You can ask questions of the artists and make a purchase of their Traditional Arts to take home.
The Centerpiece of the Hagood Mill historic site is the water-powered 1845 gristmill. It is one of the finest examples of nineteenth century technology in the Upcountry and operates just as it has for the last century-and-a-half…the mill will be running throughout the day. In the old mill, fresh stone-ground corn meal, grits and wheat flour will be available. In addition rye flour, Basmati rice flour, oat flour, oatmeal, popping corn meal, and grits, organic yellow corn meal and grits, and buckwheat flour are produced and may be available. Hagood Mill cookbooks and a variety of other mill related items are also available.
There promises to be lots to do and lots of fun! So, head on out, grab a plate of great food on site from the Gatehouse Restaurant and enjoy a special day at the Hagood Mill.
The Hagood Mill historic site is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm all year long. The Mill operates, rain or shine, for a special festival the third Saturday of every month.
The Hagood Mill is located just 3 miles north of Pickens off Highway 178 or 5 ½ miles south of Cherokee Foothills Scenic Hwy 11off Highway 178 at 138 Hagood Mill Road.
“Music in the Mountains 2014” is sponsored by a private benefactor. For additional information, please contact the Hagood Mill at (864) 898-2936
- 138 Hagood Mill Rd.
Pickens, SC 29671
- (864) 898-2936
- Admission is Free $5 Parking Fee