The Annual Music in the Mountains Folk Music Festival is coming to the Burnsville Town Center on Saturday, September 23 from 5:30 to 8:30PM. The Annual Festival, sponsored by the Toe River Arts Council and now in its 32nd year, includes bluegrass and traditional music, and ballad singers. Instruments range from fiddle to dulcimer to guitar. This year TRAC honors Bruce Greene. Although Bruce was born in New Jersey in the early 50’s, years later, Bruce found himself in Kentucky, fiddling and tracking down as many surviving musicians as he could. This foundation helped him develop a style that mirrored those musicians he had met. Today his style has evolved, but still preserves the traditional elements of the early mountain music. And on September 23, the Arts Council will recognize that contribution.
This year’s line up is a definite winner. Evening’s emcee and Appalachian dulcimer master, Don Pedi, will introduce Bruce with his friends and well-known regional musicians, Will Ritter, Loy McWhirter, and Rob Levin. Also on the roster of entertainers is favorite Bobby McMillon, ballad singer and storyteller; legendary Queen family member, Jeanette Queen; eighth generation mountain musician, Mark Queen; Carol Rifkin, award-winning musician, song writer, and vocalist; and banjo player Jonah Riddle and Carolina Express (featuring the guitar licks of brother Grayson). And the evening begins with the great mountain sounds of the TRAC Traditional Arts Program for Students instructors—Ron Powell (guitar) and Don Pedi with a couple of their “star” students. This is an evening not to miss!
It will be music, music, music. You’ll find a rare evening of entertainment resonating to the old and the new from our traditional performers. You won’t want to miss one hand-clapping minute of this evening’s fun! The show begins on Saturday, September 23 at the Burnsville Town Center (6 S. Main Street) at 5:30PM and will continue to echo through the hall until around 8:30PM.
New this year will be the Hog Hollow Pizza Truck, parked just outside the door and ready to serve up delicious pizza, calzones, and salad. Tickets are $14 adults, $12 for students and seniors 65+. Buy your tickets through Friday, September 22 and save $2. Tickets are available at either TRAC Gallery. (Burnsville at 102 W. Main St. or Spruce Pine at 269 Oak Ave.). Children under 5 are admitted FREE.
The Music in the Mountains Folk Music Festival is funded in part by a Grassroots Art Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Natural and Cultural Resources Department. For more information contact the TRAC offices at 828.682.7215 or visit the website, www.toeriverarts.org.