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Old-time Appalachian Band A Weekly Fixture In Hospital Lobby
By Greg Lacour, WFAE
Sisters Trish Bowen and Maureen King recently spent their Friday night and Saturday morning at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center. Their 87-year-old mother had fallen and cut her head.
Doctors stitched up the wound, and their mother was fine. But it was still a stressful and sleepless night. That’s one reason why, as Trish and Maureen rounded a corner on the way to the hospital’s cafeteria, they wondered briefly if they were hearing things.
“It sounded like leprechauns,” said Maureen.
“I said I thought maybe there was going to be a leprechaun jumping out,” added Trish with a laugh.
It was an old-time fiddle tune called “Staten Island.” The sisters had stumbled upon what’s turned into an unlikely Saturday morning fixture at Presbyterian. It’s a group of musicians who refer to themselves informally as The Local Tomatoes.
Shortly before 10 a.m., musicians begin showing up in a lobby, cases in hand. They grab chairs from the cafeteria and arrange them into a circle behind a glass enclosure for Australian finches.
Then they play Appalachian old-time music, for the pleasure of passersby and themselves.
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