Auntie Q and her Wayward Girls

Lisa Q Mount

Performing in the 2014 Green Show Friday, October 10.

This is her first season in the OSF Green Show.

Banjo & bonhomie - eclectic songs and a story or two.

Lisa Q Mount has been playing the banjo for 35 years, in bands ranging from the DeLuxe Vaudeville Orchestra (a self-contained variety show that toured the South for 14 years) to the Lilies of the Valley (ten women from Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia who sing exquisite harmonies). She lives in a place you've never heard of, and sings some songs you have. Lisa is also a theater director and producer, creator of the Headwaters series of community story plays, the curious variety show Late Night Off-Center, and the SNIPPT - the Sautee Nacoochee Invitational Ping Pong Tournament, a theatrical sporting event. Lisa is widely known in the performing arts field as an organizational advancement consultant.

Lisa Q Mount on Community: Two of my communities relate to this performance: lower Appalachia, and queer theater makers.  One of my "greatest hits" on YouTube is the anthem I wrote for Georgia's only lesbian garden club, the Digging Dykes of Decatur. I take gender and sexuality not seriously at all, yet I've been making performances on the topic for more than 20 years. Satire is my preferred medium. Appalachian culture has been the focus of my work in recent years, gathering stories and transforming them into large scale productions (for which I often write the music), and finding new ways to introduce people in my region to aspects of their history and heritage they might have overlooked.  Collective singing and music-making have been ways in to both of these communities. The Lilies of the Valley series is an outgrowth of the Headwaters shows, since we discovered the inclination to harmony singing through theatrical performance, then made a set of annual concerts. While we're not tied to historical Appalachian culture, the Lilies are an example of contemporary Appalachian music, as well as a means of demonstrating the depth of local talent in Sautee Nacoochee.