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90th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. The nation’s longest running folk festival. The 90th annual edition of this three-day event showcases the best of the region’s old-time and bluegrass musicians, mountain dance groups, cloggers, ballad singers, and storytellers. Thursday through Saturday, August 3, 4 & 5, 2017. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., different shows each night at 6:30 p.m. at Mission Health/A-B Tech Conference Center near downtown Asheville, NC. Tickets: Adults $22 or $60 for 3-night package; Children 12 and under $12; Students $15 per person. Tickets: http://mdff.eventbrite.com. More Info: www.folkheritage.org.
ASHEVILLE’S 90TH ANNUAL MOUNTAIN DANCE AND FOLK FESTIVAL AT ITS NEW LOCATION: MISSION HEALTH/A-B TECH CONFERENCE CENTER NEAR DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE AUGUST 3, 4 & 5, 2017
Asheville, NC – The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, the
country’s longest running folk festival, now in its 90th
year of highlighting mountain culture returns this summer for
three full evenings: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 3, 4
and 5 at the Mission Health/A-B Tech Conference Center near
downtown Asheville. Tickets are on sale now.
With doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and a different show beginning at 6:30 p.m. nightly, the festival formally showcases an amazing repertoire of mountain performers – old-timers as well as the newest generation of bluegrass and mountain string bands, ballad singers, storytellers, big circle mountain dancers and cloggers – who share music, dance and storytelling that echo centuries of Scottish, English, Irish, Cherokee and African heritage.
Audiences at each of the three performances will see an extensive line-up of the cream-of-the-crop musicians, ballad singers, storytellers, and dancers; each evening features at least four dance teams from the very young to the young at heart. The popular and long-standing house band, the Stoney Creek Boys, returns to perform each evening. And each night of the festival features both well-known musicians and new talent alike, representative of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and its continuing traditions.
Proceeds from ticket sales for the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival help to cover the costs of the eight Shindig on the Green events each summer, including goods and services such as sound equipment and technicians. These operating costs average several thousand dollars per Shindig evening. The Folk Heritage Committee produces Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in order to support the preservation and continuation of the traditional music, dance and storytelling heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.
2017 Mountain Dance and Folk Festival Performance Schedule
(a/o 7/15/17. Line-up subject to change.)
Thursday, August 3: Carol Rifkin and Jerry Sutton, Masters of Ceremonies; Introduction by Ed Herron; Grey Eagle (Stoney Creek Boys with Buck Dancers); Featuring: David Holt & Josh Goforth; Phil Jamison; Dance Team: Dixie Darlin’ Cloggers; Betty Smith; Bear Wallow; Sons of Ralph; Dance Team: Folk Heritage Smooth & Cole Mountain Smooth Dancers; Leonard Hollifield & Friends; Zoe & Cloyd; The Garnet Ridge Ramblers; Dance Team: Cole Mountain Cloggers; The Buckner Family; Carol Rifkin, Jeanette Queen & Mark Queen; The Peg Twisters; Dance Team: Blue Ridge Heritage Cloggers; Whitewater Bluegrass Company.
Friday, August 4: Laura Boosinger and John Roten, Masters of Ceremonies; Introduction by Ed Herron; Grey Eagle (Stoney Creek Boys with Buck Dancers); Featuring: Laura Boosinger & The Midnight Plowboys; Bobby Hicks, Mark Kuykendall & The Asheville Bluegrass; Dance Team: Bailey Mountain Smooth; Richard Hurley; The Griggs; Don Pedi; Dance Team: Appalachian Mountaineers Cloggers; Honey Holler; Joe Penland; Dance Team: Southern Appalachian Cloggers; Lillian Chase & Friends; Clearwater Connection; Donna Ray Norton; Arvil Freeman & Emma McDowell; Maggie Lauterer and Zack Allen; Dance Team: Bailey Mountain Cloggers; The New Broad River Band.
Saturday, August 5: Glenn Bannerman and Richard Hurley, Masters of Ceremonies; Introduction by Ed Herron; Grey Eagle (Stoney Creek Boys with buck dancers); Featuring: Roger Howell; The Waymasters; Bryan Sutton; The Cockman Family; Dance Team: Mountain Tradition Cloggers; The Ross Brothers; Rhiannon & The Relics; Dance Team: Folk Heritage Smooth Dancers; Buncombe Turnpike; Glenn Bannerman & Sit-Down Square Dance; Dance Team: Bannerman Family & Friends; Dance Team: Southern Mountain Fire Cloggers; The Southern Highlanders; Dance Team: J Creek Cloggers; Spirit Fiddle.
Parking: Festival patrons can park in the adjoining Parking Garage and lot at no additional charge.
Sponsors: The Folk Heritage Committee produces Shindig on the Green’s 51st Summer Season and the 90th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival with support from the following Corporate Sponsors: Blue Ridge Orthodontics; Brian C. Hunter, CPA, P.A.; Brixx Wood Fired Pizza; Fox Dental Associates; Fred Anderson Toyota; Greybeard Realty; Harry’s on the Hill; Ingles; Luella’s BBQ; Mast General Store; Matt & Molly Team; Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty; Pack’s Tavern; Parsec Financial; PNC Bank; Richard Hurley Music; Skyland Automotive; Timothy E. Gillespie, DMD, FAGD; Togar Rugs; Town Hardware & General Store; Verizon; William Hansen.
Ticket Information: Adults $22 or $60 for 3-night package; Children 12 and under $12; Students $15 per person. Tickets: http://mdff.eventbrite.com. Tickets are also available each night at the Mission Health/A-B Tech Conference Center. For more information on the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival or Shindig on the Green, visit www.folkheritage.org or call the Folk Heritage Info Line: (828) 258-6101 x345.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
90TH ANNUAL MOUNTAIN DANCE & FOLK FESTIVAL
TO BE HELD AT A-B TECH’S NEW A-B TECH/MISSION HEALTH CONFERENCE CENTER
The 90th Annual Mountain Dance & Folk Festival will be held for the first time at A-B Tech’s Asheville campus in the new A-B Tech/Mission Health Conference Center. The three-day event will be held August 3-5, 2017 from 7-10pm. The new location will allow for ample free parking and an unparalleled ease of access for concertgoers. The venue has room for over 500 enthusiastic patrons per night enjoying the regions best music for this the 90th season. Tickets are on sale now at www.mdff.eventbrite.com in prices ranging from $12-$22 for single night tickets and $60 for all three nights. Bascom Lamar Lunsford founded the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival as a means for people to share and understand the beauty and dignity of the Southern Appalachian music and dance traditions that have been handed down through generations in western North Carolina. He saw the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival grow to be the oldest gathering of its kind in the nation and it continues in this way, a platform for the talented of the high country lying between the Great Smoky and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Since 1928, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival has served a crucial role in raising awareness and understanding of the vitality and importance of Southern Appalachian culture throughout the region, nation and world. Bascom Lunsford’s mission was to present the finest of the Appalachian ballad singers, string bands and square dance teams for education and entertainment. The songs and dances shared at this event echo centuries of Scottish, English, Irish, Cherokee and African heritage found in the valleys and coves between the Great Smokies and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Lunsford’s was the first dubbed a folk festival, and he later consulted with many communities across the country interested in organizing similar festivals.
Folk Heritage Committee P.O. Box 1010 • Asheville, North Carolina 28802 Phone: 828.258.6101 ext. 345 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.folkheritage.org
Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival are annual summer events presented by Asheville’s Folk Heritage Committee. Both events rely on the generosity and shared talent of the region’s finest old-time musicians and mountain dancers, as well as the all-volunteer Folk Heritage Committee and corporate and individual donors.