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Music Events
July 20, 2018


7-8 pm
Donations Appreciated.
Location:  Festival Barn

The Band Kelley

The Kelley Family is a multi-award winning family group of siblings, ages 24 to 10, who blend tight harmony with acoustic instrumentation of the banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and bass. They are three time Georgia-Carolina Talent Competition winners, and their 16 year old fiddle player placed 2nd in the Georgia State Fiddle Championship.

Rooted in the deep south of Appling, Georgia, there is a warmth and realness to this family, where hospitality and family is a way of life and evident in the songs they write and play.


August 3, 2018


Free Admission, Donations Appreciated
Location:  Festival Barn

Campbell Folk School Cloggers & Wyatt Espalin and Friends

This joint show is a first and is going to be a really great time. The Folk School Cloggers will share the stage with Wyatt Espalin and Friends. A performance not to be missed.

In the summer of 1989, the Folk School director, Ron Hill, had a vision of re-introducing clogging into our mountain area. He hired a Florida instructor, Don Thompkins, to head up the group: the Campbell Folk School Cloggers. The club consisted of mainly children and then evolved to a family group which now includes all ages. The original dancing style was called Carolina High Step precision clogging, but since then it has evolved to include buck steps, flatfooting and some formations rather than strictly lines. The music is a combination of bluegrass, Celtic and country genres. The team meets each Monday afternoon to practice and regularly performs at various community venues. Its performance at the Folk School Festival in October is a major highlight. Beginning classes for interested dancers are always in January and new dancers are welcome.

Entertaining audiences in his hometown of Hiawassee, Georgia as early as age eight, Wyatt’s passion for music was obvious, even from the barn room stage built by his grandfather. He and his brother Matt were known as “The Fiddling Brothers.” While Matt hung up his fiddle and bow after high school, Wyatt was just getting started. Armed with a guitar and a desire to write songs, he paired with friends to perform regionally combining their own twist on traditional bluegrass roots music.


August 10, 2018


7-8 p.m.
Donations Appreciated.
Location:  Festival Barn

Dulcimer Celebration Concert

Four great performers on mountain and hammered dulcimers (and other instruments!):

Anne Lough has served as artist-in-schools for the North Carolina, Kentucky and Virginia Arts Councils and is a regular instructor at the Folk School. She is in constant demand as an instructor and performer at hammered dulcimer and mountain dulcimer events nationwide

Dee Dee Tibbits has been playing, performing, and teaching the hammered dulcimer for over 30 years. She has 47 private students, performs at school assemblies and concerts, and has taught workshops in the U.S. and Canada.

Larry Conger has worked with the Tennessee Arts Education Program and the Kentucky Arts Council's Teacher Incentive Program, presenting dulcimer programs in public schools. In 1995, Larry won the Southern Regional Mountain Dulcimer Championship at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas. In 1996, he won the Southern Regional Dulcimer Ensemble Championship at the Folk Center. And in 1998, he won the prestigious National Mountain Dulcimer Championship at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas.

Karen has been involved with dulcimer since the mid '70s, when she built her first one as a high school project. She had been a pioneer in the promotion of the dulcimer in the U.S., Japan, and more recently in its revival in Belgium. Karen is also a Certified Music Practitioner® (CMP), trained to play healing hammered dulcimer music at the bedside of those who are ill and/or dying.

Belgian-born Paul Oorts performs normally on harp guitar, 10-string cittern, mandolin, and musette accordion most often with his wife, hammered dulcimer player Karen Ashbrook.


August 16, 2018


7 pm
Donations Appreciated.
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Jim Lloyd

Special Thursday Night Concert.

Born in the coalfields of Southwest Virginia, Jim Lloyd now makes his home in Rural Retreat, Virginia where he operates Lloyd's Barber Shop, a local gathering spot for collecting and trading tunes, stories, and songs. His musical roots extend back through at least four generations of fiddlers, guitar players, dancers, and singers from the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia. Jim is known especially for his skills on guitar and banjo. He has won prizes for many years in both guitar and banjo competitions at notable fiddler's conventions such as Galax and Fiddler's Grove. He has performed at many regional shows, as well as West Virginia's Mountain Stage, Seedtime on the Cumberland (Appalshop), the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance, and the Minnesota Old-Time and Bluegrass Festival. He has two solo recording projects and has performed on numerous recordings by other musicians.

Jim will be joined on stage by Geraud Barralon on the stand up bass.


August 24, 2018


7:00 pm
Donations Appreciated
Location:  Festival Barn

Blue Eyed Girl

Blue Eyed Girl is a dynamic group of three young women whose roots are deep in traditional music and dance. Their high-energy dance numbers, sweet Appalachian vocal arrangements, and old-time rhythmic flair draw from the music passed down to them from their families.

Pearl Shirley grew up in Black Mountain, NC, soaking up traditional Appalachian music and dance from her two fiddling parents. She picked up a tiny violin at age 5, and since then has fiddled her way through hundreds of foot-stomping contra dances and folk concerts.

Laurel Willoughby grew up right along side Pearl in Black Mountain, NC with musical parents as well. Laurel and Pearl started singing old-style harmonies together at a very young age which has resulted in a wonderfully seasoned sound now that they are grown. She plays stand-up bass and is known for her versions of old favorites like "Your Cheatin' Heart"

Annie Fain Barralon was raised in Cherokee County, NC, where as a small child she often fell asleep under the piano at the John C. Campbell Folk School while her parents played for square dances. She is the former Music & Dance Coordinator for the Folk School and teaches banjo, book arts, clogging and French Bal Folk Dance workshops.


August 31, 2018


7-8 pm
Free Admission, Donations Appreciated
Location:  Festival Barn

Billy Jackson

William Jackson has been at the forefront of Scottish traditional music for nearly 30 years. In addition to his stature as one of the leading harpers and multi-instrumentalists in Scotland, William has gained an international reputation as a composer. His “Land of Light” won the international competition in 1999 as the new song for Scotland, announced on the eve of that Parliament convening for the first time in 300 years.

William was a founding member and creative tour de force of Ossian in 1976, which became one of Scotland’s best-loved traditional bands. The band, whose music influenced a generation of musicians, extensively toured the U.S. and Europe. Besides harp, he also plays tinwhistle bouzouki and piano.


September 7, 2018


Donations Appreciated
Location:  Festival Barn

Larry Unger

Larry Unger has been a full time musician since 1984, and has presented a diverse range of musical performances at contra dances, Scottish dances, waltzes, dance weekends, dance camps, festivals, and concerts all across the United States and in Canada, France, Scotland, Denmark, and Sweden. He's one of the busiest musicians around, playing for more than 150 dances every year.

He has played guitar, banjo, and bass with many top bands for contra dances including Reckless Abandon, Uncle Gizmo, Big Table, and the Reckless Ramblers. He has also accompanied such fiddlers as Elke Baker, Rodney Miller, Alisdair Fraser, Matt Glaser, Ralph Blizard, and Lissa Schneckenburger to name a few. The bands Larry has been a part of might vary in style from Oldtime to New England to Celtic, but they are all lively groups with exciting rhythms and an emphasis on fun. They might also play some of Larry's many original fiddle tunes.



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