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MARLINTON, WV -

The Pocahontas County Opera House presents two evenings of musical entertainment when the Great Greenbrier River Race comes to Marlinton this weekend.

Virginia band Cherry Hill takes the stage for an evening of acoustic covers and original songwriting at 7:30 p.m. April 25. Davis and Elkins College’s Appalachian Ensemble brings an evening traditional music and dance at 7:30 p.m. April 26.

Cherry Hill formed in 2011 with musicians from central Virginia regional bands Volume 3 and the Paddy Dougherty Trio. In a very short time, Cherry Hill features vocal harmonies, songwriting and the musical talents of Tommy Cox, Tim Echols, Eric Hollandsworth and William Newman. Their first album, Jenny Reynolds and Cherry Hill, was released in 2012.

Appalachian Ensemble’s repertoire focuses mainly on the music and dance of the Appalachian region, and includes other music and dance traditions as well.

The Davis & Elkins Dancers, under the direction of Becky Hill, will present many pieces that include clogging, flatfooting, French Canadian, waltz clog and hambone body percussion. The Appalachian Ensemble string band, under the direction of Emily Miller, will play all of the music for the dance pieces as well as perform several traditional songs from West Virginia and surrounding Appalachian regions.

Tickets are $8. Youth 17 and younger are admitted free.

The Pocahontas County Opera House is located at 818 Third Avenue in Marlinton. Call 304-799-6645 for details.