30th ANNUAL MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS FOLK FESTIVAL
Saturday, September 26
5:30 to 9pm
Burnsville Town Center 6 South Main Street
Hey Everyone--Just want to remind everyone that Rhonda is being honored Saturday night at the 30th annual Music in the Mountains at the Burnsville Town Center. Doors open at 5:30 and tickets are available of both TRAC locations and at the door. Rhonda, Kathy and I will be playing a few tunes and Rhonda will also be playing with some of her students and friends. You're in for a real treat with some great mountain music. We hope to see you there.
Kathy and I are excited to announce that we've be asked to sit in the Thistle Dew at the Orchard at Altapass the next day (Sunday, September 27) with Thistle Dew from 1-2:30 pm, so we hope you'll come on out and enjoy great music there, too.
We're also thrilled to announce that Rhonda Gouge and Roan Mountain Rain will also be playing at the Orchard the following Saturday, October 3, from 3-4:30 pm. So come join us.
Music in the Mountains, our annual folk festival, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year! “Dedicated to the preservation of mountain music and culture,” on Saturday, September 26th, from 5:30 – 9:00pm we’ll hold forth in the Burnsville Town Center with music, song, story and dance recognizing the folk art traditions of our high mountain region, the Blue Ridge.
Our large regional community includes many amazing traditional musicians, singers, storytellers, and dancers. Each year we choose to honor one of our many area folk artists, setting a tone for the evening. This year the Festival honors Rhonda Gouge for her lifelong contribution to traditional Appalachian music. Also, Bruce Greene and Loy McWhirter, Rick Ward, and William Ritter and Sarah Ogletree will take to the stage. The Traditional Arts Program for Students instructors—Ron Powell, Don Pedi, Terry McKinney, and Jared McQueen—will start the evening with some of the songs taught to 3rd through 8th graders in the TAPS after school programs. The emcee for the evening’s events will be Altapass Orchards’s Bill Carson.
The Burnsville Town Center, only a short, half-block walk from the Town Square, fills with camaraderie as sundown approaches, ending the evening with melody and song. You will always find a surprise or two in our three and a half hour concert.
Music In The Mountains Folk Festival is a tribute to our region’s diverse musical heritage. Our evening celebration of traditional performers is uncommon in diversity and artistic excellence. And, our concert begins just on the heels of the all-day-long “Old Timey Fall Festival” hosted by the Yancey History Association on the Town Square in Burnsville, North Carolina. Let’s bring in the Fall together! Come join us in September!
General admission is $14 ($12 for seniors and students).
Buy your tickets early and get $2 off!
Tickets are available at either TRAC Gallery, 102 West Main Street in Burnsville or 269 Oak Avenue in Spruce Pine.
And as last year, delicious food will be available from the Switzerland Cafe.