White Horse Black Mountain hosts monthly concert series

Ezra Maille
Black Mountain News
Sue Richards, along with Robin Bullock, opens each concert with a short set before the featured guest.

White Horse Black Mountain hosts Carolina Celtic, a monthly concert series showcasing Irish and Scottish musical traditions and the overlap shared with Appalachian music and stories. 

"Just taking advantage of the significant number of people around here that are into Celtic music," said Bob Hinkle, owner and manager of White Horse Black Mountain. 

Presented the second Monday of each month, Carolina Celtic took a hiatus during the pandemic shutdown but returned to the White Horse venue in June. The concerts are co-hosted by White Horse and a renowned Celtic duo consisting of harpist Sue Richards and guitarist Robin Bullock. 

Robin Bullock plays with Sue Richards at the start of each performance before the featured artist of the evening.

During each concert, Richards and Bullock collaborate with a new guest artist to feature a multitude of various styles and instruments. 

COVID-19 protocols in line with local ordinances continue to be maintained at each event but with the addition of outdoor seating, social distancing is not prove to be difficult, according to Hinkle. 

"Keeping with social distancing, our capacity is probably around 120 people or so," Hinkle said. 

The Reel Sisters joined Robin Bullock and Sue Richards on Sept. 13, 2021, on Scottish harp and smallpipes.

The full lineup for the rest of the year features notable names in the Celtic music realm including John Doyle, Martha Hill and a special Christmas event with Ronn McFarlane and Carolyn Surrick.

The Reel Sisters joined Robin Bullock and Sue Richards on Scottish harp and smallpipes on Sept. 13, 2021.

Hinkle said White Horse plans to continue the series into next year with a new lineup that will be determined as this year comes to a close. 

Carolina Celtic takes place the second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 in advance, $28 at the door and can be purchased in-person, via phone by calling 828-669-0816 or online at www.whitehorseblackmountain.com