Renowned musician helps local nonprofit

Fred McCormick

The sounds of Celtic, Appalachian, Baroque and other acoustic music will fill First Christian Church of Black Mountain on Saturday, Sept. 19 when award-winning guitarist Robin Bullock performs in a concert to raise money for a local nonprofit.

Full Moon Farm Wolfdog Rescue and Sanctuary in the Broad River community has been providing shelter for abandoned and abused wolfdogs for 10 years. The program is a favorite of Bullock’s, who moved to Black Mountain in 2013.

“For whatever reason, I have always had a fascination and identification with wolves,” he said. “When the folks at First Christian Church approached me about doing a benefit concert for the cause of my choice, I immediately thought of Full Moon.”

Nancy Brown is the founder of Full Moon Farm, which she is maintains with a cast of volunteers from around the country.

“I’m even a volunteer, because I don’t make a salary,” she said (the shelter relies heavily on community support). “I’m responsible for everything with the animals, from what goes in to what comes out.”

Brown houses 55 to 60 wolfdogs at the shelter and is responsible for most of the labor at the shelter. She receives help from others within the wolfdog community, but the shelter’s list of needs is an ever-growing one.

“We’re not like the big boys; we don’t get any state funding or county funding,” she said. “We’re not an open-admission shelter, and usually the animals that I get are going to stay there for the rest of their lives because they’ve been damaged by inconsiderate humans.”

Full Moon Farm provides more than just respite for often-misunderstood animals. It tries to educate the public about wolfdogs, “because there is a lot of misinformation about them out there,” Brown said.

First Christian Church has a history of hosting fundraising concerts, such as Bullock’s, according to pastor Joe Friddle.

“We’ve had a habit over the last seven or eight years of doing some concerts where local or regional musicians use this venue to benefit local nonprofits that serve the communities of the Valley,” he said. “Robin agreed that the room itself is really amenable to live music, so it was a way for us to connect with the community and utilize the gift we have.”

Bullock, a guitar and mandolin master, will provide a diverse mix of music during two 50-minute sets.

“My primary instrument is guitar, but I’ll also play mandolin, cittern and piano, so we’ll get some of all of that,” he said. “My primary focus over the years has been Celtic traditional music, but I’ve always loved Appalachian music as well. Since I’ve moved here, it’s really become a part of my musical vocabulary.”

Admission to the 7 p.m. show is free, and general seating is available. Friddle encourages those that are interested in securing a seat in advance to contact the church at 669-6111 or by email at fccblackmountain.com.

Old-world howl

Who: Robin Bullock

When: 7 p.m. Sept. 19

Where: First Christian Church of Black Mountain

Cost: By donation