Red Barn Radio brings Appalachian Christmas show to UK Hospital

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Berea native Jennifer Rose will be one of many esteemed performers at the Red Barn Radio Christmas special.

Local weather gave only a glance at autumn before it got bullied by Superstorm Sandy into snapping cold fast. The holiday season is upon us. In the Bluegrass, the season means a few particular things. We’ll have a few basketball games under our belts by the time the family gathers, so Big Blue prognostication and armchair coaching will be in the mix. And Bluegrass music will add its special hue to the Christmas season.

And who better to bring you music that is uniquely Appalachian than Red Barn Radio? Heard in the Lexington area on WUKY on Saturday nights at 8 p.m., the program showcases old time and Bluegrass musicians.

Red Barn Radio is cranking up its fourth Appalachian Christmas event, to be held Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the University of Kentucky’s Chandler Hospital, Pavilion A Auditorium. The facility was designed with top-notch, recording-quality acoustics, so it promises to be a great place to see a show like this.

While this is the fourth time Red Barn Radio has put on a Christmas show, this year is bigger than before and includes some exciting partnerships that will keep the music going even after the event is over. WUKY will simulcast the show live. The hospital will be broadcasting it through every room. WUKY and WEKU will rebroadcast it again closer to Christmas, and KET will broadcast an edited version at a later date as well. ABC, channel 36, will air the program on Christmas day at 12 noon.  There is even talk of a DVD to come.

“Red Barn Radio preserves, presents and performs the rich heritage of the Bluegrass and the region,” said executive producer Ed Commons. “We are thrilled to be working with UK HealthCare’s Arts in Health Care initiative to bring the Christmas show to all those family members, staff and community who may need a small window of joy during what can be an overwhelming time in the hospital.”

Jackie Hamilton, director of the UK Arts in Health Care program, is excited about working with Red Barn Radio on the Appalachian Christmas IV event to bring to life the intent of the performance space.

“With the opening of Pavilion A, the first phase of the visual arts program is almost complete; our efforts at this time will be focused on bringing more programmatic and performance art into the space – music, dance, poetry, theater – with an eye forward to interactive art making for patients, families and staff,” Hamilton said.

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