The Liars Bench will present “Haints, Boogers, and Belled Buzzards” at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7pm. Member artists Gary Carden, Lloyd Arneach, Barbara Duncan, Paul Iarussi; guest artist William Ritter; and at least one mystery guest perform Southern Appalachian ‘scary’ in story and song on one stage.
Carden said, “I saw the culture and tradition of my people, the people of the Southern Appalachians dying. I started The Liars Bench to showcase this unique piece of Americana, to keep it alive, and show newcomers to the mountains what our culture was, and is really like.”
Regular cast members include Gary Carden, Lloyd Arneach, Paul Iarussi, Barbara Duncan, Dave Waldrop, and the show’s mascot Bodine. The Liars Bench recognizes established regional artists and performers and encourages new talent also.
“The outside world stereotypes us as an ignorant, violent culture, and that’s not true. Yet at the same time we’ve had our share of murder and violence. Sometimes its been quite dark. This Liars Bench won’t be a ‘funny-face,’ jack-o-lantern type of Halloween show. You need to be ready for Southern Appalachian ‘scary,’” Carden remarked.
“This is the second Halloween show we’ve done and I believe it’s going to knock your socks off. The Liars Bench, a fusion of culture and entertainment, has been a crowd-pleaser from the very first show in June of 2010 promoting any and all aspects of Appalachian culture.
There will be at least one ‘mystery’ guest; you’ll just have to come and see,” Carden said.
“The Liars Bench is a unique blend of culturally accurate mountain Americana with traditional Southern Appalachian entertainment for everyone. We attempt to treat Appalachian culture with integrity and authenticity and to be an accurate reflection of the Southern Highlanders and their ways. No matter how successful the show becomes I want people to know that The Liars Bench is an honest rendering of Appalachian culture and tradition” said Carden.
The Liars Bench was created in the early summer of 2010 by Dr. Gary Carden to promote Southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry, drama, and folk arts.
– The Liars Bench