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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE FOLK HERITAGE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES BOARD MEMBERS AND ADVISORS FOR UPCOMING 2017 SEASON OF SHINDIG ON THE GREEN AND THE MOUNTAIN DANCE AND FOLK FESTIVAL

The Folk Heritage Committee would like to announce new members Sandra Hunter, Rebecca Pressley, and Bill Wolcott who join current members Jeff Atkins, Glenn Bannerman, Loretta Freeman, Bob Gregory, Bill Hansen, MaryJane Hunter, Judy Miller, Carol Peterson, Ronald Rhodes, Linda Smathers, Jerry Sutton, and Eric Zachary. Our Advisors to the Board remain Jackie Allison, Craig Bannerman, Leesa Brandon, Richard Hurley, Jerry Israel, Bruce Peterson, Carol Rifkin, Kathy Roberts, Elly Wells and Kent Withington.


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.


 

 

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: info@folkheritage.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.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ASHEVILLE’S FOLK HERITAGE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES MARK KUYKENDALL,

BOBBY HICKS AND THE ASHEVILLE BLUEGRASS WILL PERFORM ON THE

COMMITTEE’S FLOAT IN THIS SATURDAY’S ASHEVILLE HOLIDAY PARADE

Asheville, NC – The Folk Heritage Committee is delighted to announce it will have Mark

Kuykendall, Bobby Hicks and the Asheville Bluegrass performing on a float in the Asheville

Holiday Parade in Asheville, North Carolina on Saturday, November 19th, 2016. The

performance will help to kick off a celebration of the upcoming 90th season of the Mountain

Dance and Folk Festival to be held in the summer of 2017. The MDFF event features long-

standing as well as the newest generation of traditional and mountain string bands, ballad

singers, and big circle mountain dancers and cloggers, resulting in fun-filled and authentic

evenings enjoyed by kith and kin of all ages.

The 51st Season of Shindig on the Green, a free event in the heart of downtown Asheville,

with a stage show and informal jam sessions, takes place on Saturday evenings every summer.

Shindig returns again to the heart of downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park’s Roger McGuire

Green in 2017. The stage show takes place on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford stage, named for the

founder of the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. Locals and visitors alike gather “along about

sundown,” or at seven o’clock for those who wear a watch, for Shindig on the Green. Since the

outdoor event’s inception in 1967, hundreds of thousands of individuals from across the region

and throughout the world have shared and enjoyed the rich traditional music and dance heritage

of the Southern Appalachian Mountains in this outdoor setting.


The 90th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk and Festival, a ticketed event in Asheville with a

different show each night, takes place at 7:00 p.m. nightly, Thursday through Saturday, August 3,

4 & 5, 2017. The sister event to Shindig on the Green, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival

was founded by Bascom Lamar Lunsford in 1928. The nation’s longest running folk festival, the

Mountain Dance and Folk Festival showcases the best of the region’s mountain musicians and

dancers during its three evenings of indoor performances.

The non-profit, all-volunteer Folk Heritage Committee’s mission is to preserve and present the

musical heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains to audiences from throughout the

region and world, for entertainment and education, by producing the annual Shindig on the

Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival events.

For more info about the 51st Season of Shindig on the Green or the 90th Annual Mountain Dance

and Folk Festival, visit www.folkheritage.org or call Brian Carter: 828-335-1263.

 


 

 

To commemorate the closing of the 50th season of Shindig on the Green, the Folk Heritage

Committee announces the recipients of two performer awards. The Parsec Financial award for

the musician who has made the most significant contribution to preserving our Southern

Appalachian music will be given to Bryan Sutton. The Skyland Auto Group award for the most

traditional dance team will be given to the Cole Mountain Cloggers. The awards will be

presented at Shindig on the Green Saturday, September 3, 2016. Bryan Sutton will be unable to

attend and his mother, Mrs. Carol Sutton, will accept the award in his absence.

Bryan learned traditional mountain music from his grandfather, Grover Sutton, and his father,

Jerry Sutton, and the many musicians with whom he interacted at Shindig on the Green from a

very early age. He is the recipient of a 2006 Grammy and nine IBMA Guitar Player of the Year

awards with 2015 being the most recent. Bryan demonstrates a technically demanding

instrumental style and has become for young musicians of today the same kind of model and

hero that Tony Rice, Doc Watson and Clarence White were for him. During the past 20 years,

his path has taken him from buzzed-about young sideman to first-call Nashville session musician

to guitarist with Ricky Skaggs, Doc Watson and Hot Rize to a prominent solo recording artist

and leader of his own band. He has recorded traditional standards, written many songs

reflecting his North Carolina roots and produced several artists. As a leader in online music

instruction, he records lessons, critiques student videos and engages individually with students

around the world.

The Cole Mountain Cloggers are a youth dance team dedicated to preserving the Appalachian

heritage of traditional Smooth Mountain Dance and Southern Appalachian Freestyle Clogging.

Based in Mars Hill, NC, they have 22 members ranging in age from 10 to 18 from five western

North Carolina counties (Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, Mitchell, and Yancey). The Cole

Mountain Cloggers are nine-time state champions and have performed throughout the Southeast

at many venues such as the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, Bascom Lamar Lunsford

Festival, Shindig on the Green, Smoky Mountain Folk Festival, Bluff Mountain Festival,

Fiddler’s Grove, NC State Fair Folk Festival, NC Mountain State Fair, Disney World, Bilore

Estate, Grove Park Inn, Charlotte Motor Speedway. “Keeping A Mountain Tradition Thriving” is

their motto. Two of their members are related to Bascom Lamar Lunsford and they are proud to

continue the dance initially performed by Sam Queen and the Soco Gap Dance Team at the 1928

Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. These talented young dancers put great energy, enthusiasm

and showmanship into their performances and realize the importance of keeping our mountain

tradition thriving.

The awards were named for two longtime corporate sponsors who have generously assisted the

Folk Heritage Committee year after year in their mission to produce the Mountain Dance and

Folk Festival and Shindig on the Green in an effort to support the preservation and continuation

of the traditional music, dance and storytelling heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
89th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. The nation’s longest running folk festival.
The 89th annual edition of this three-day event showcases the best of the region’s traditional and
old-time musicians, ballad singers, mountain dance groups and cloggers. Thursday through
Saturday, August 4, 5 & 6, 2016, with a different show each night. 7:00 p.m. nightly at Diana
Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville, NC. Tentative line-up at http://folkheritage.org/
mdffperformerslist.h. Tickets on sale now at the Diana Wortham Theatre box office. Regular
$22; Children 12 and under $12; Groups of 10 or more $17; Three- night package: Adults
$55.50, Children (12 & under) $24. (828) 257-4530 or www.dwtheatre.com. Info:
www.folkheritage.org.
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ASHEVILLE’S FOLK HERITAGE COMMITTEE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE
FOLLOWING CORPORATE SPONSORS OF THE 2016 SHINDIG ON THE GREEN &
MOUNTAIN DANCE AND FOLK FESTIVAL:
Able Rent-A-Jon & Waste Services; Alan’s Jewelry & Pawn; Asheville Music School; Brian C.
Hunter, CPA, P.A.; Brixx Wood Fired Pizza; CWS - Consolidated Waste Services; Foot Rx
Running; Fox Dental Associates; Greybeard Realty; Jim Barkley Toyota; Juicy Lucy’s Burger
Bar and Grill; Luella’s Bar-B-Que; Mast General Store; Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty;
Pack’s Tavern; Paramount Kia Asheville; Parsec Financial; PNC Bank; Richard Hurley Music;
Skyland Auto Group; Timothy E. Gillespie, DMD, FAGD; Togar Rugs; Town Hardware &
General Store; Wild Wing Cafe; and William Hansen.

Folk Heritage Committee
P.O. Box 1010 • Asheville, North Carolina 28802
Phone: 828.258.6101 ext. 345 • Email:info@folkheritage.org

www.folkheritage.org
The 89th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk and Festival, a ticketed event at Diana Wortham
Theatre in downtown Asheville with a different show each night, takes place at 7:00 p.m. nightly,
Thursday through Saturday, August 4, 5 & 6, 2016. The sister event to Shindig on the Green, the
Mountain Dance and Folk Festival was founded by Bascom Lamar Lunsford in 1928. The
nation’s longest running folk festival, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival showcases the best
of the region’s mountain musicians and dancers during its three evenings of indoor
performances.
The non-profit, all-volunteer Folk Heritage Committee’s mission is to preserve and present
the musical heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains to audiences from throughout the
region and world, for entertainment and education, by producing the annual Shindig on the
Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival events.
For more info about the 50th Season of Shindig on the Green or the 89th Annual Mountain
Dance and Folk Festival, visit www.folkheritage.org or call Brian Carter: 828-335-1263.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Who: Shindig on the Green

What: 5th Annual Run for Shindig on the Green 5K Race & Fun Walk

When: Saturday, June 25, 2016 • 8:30 a.m.

Where: Carrier Park, Asheville, NC

Registration: www.active.com

Cost: 5K Run • $30.00 (register online until June 23rd)

For Calendar Listings:

5th Annual “Run For Shindig on the Green” 5K Race & Fun Walk. A special fundraising

benefit for Shindig on the Green, Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Carrier Park in Asheville, NC. 5K

Race begins at 8:30 a.m. and the one-mile Fun Walk begins at 8:35 a.m. Register online at

www.active.com until Thursday, June 23. 5K $30; Fun Walk $10. Day-of-race registration is

7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.; 5K $30 day-of-race. For more information visit www.folkheritage.org or

call Brian Carter at 828-335-1263.

5TH ANNUAL “RUN FOR SHINDIG ON THE GREEN” 5K RACE AND FUN WALK: A

SPECIAL FUNDRAISING BENEFIT FOR SHINDIG — SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2016 AT 8:30

A.M. AT CARRIER PARK IN ASHEVILLE

Day-of-race registration 7:00-8:15 a.m.

1 Mile Fun Walk/Run • $10.00

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(Asheville, NC) – The Folk Heritage Committee, which produces Shindig on the Green, is

excited to announce the fourth annual Run For Shindig on the Green, a fun and healthy way to

help support Shindig, featuring a 5K Race and one mile Fun Walk. The event takes place

Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Carrier Park in Asheville with the 5K Race beginning at 8:30 a.m. and

the Fun Walk beginning at 8:35 a.m. The Run for Shindig on the Green 5K kicks off the 50th

season of Shindig and is a key element in securing necessary funding for the free and beloved

Shindig on the Green summer Saturday evenings in Asheville.

Two overall winners will be recognized at this year's first Shindig on the Green, on the evening

of July 2nd, and all race participants are encouraged to attend. The overall male and female

winners of the 5K will each receive a beautiful mug featuring the Folk Heritage Committee logo

and handcrafted by Mangum Pottery in Weaverville, NC. There will be additional medals and

ribbons awarded to the winners of age divisions of the 5K Race. Race management timing and

finish line services are performed by Right On Time Productions; race results will be available

five minutes after the last runner finishes.

Over 30,000 people attend Shindig on the Green for free throughout the summer. While the

crowds of locals and visitors at Shindig have grown over the years for the free evenings, so have

the costs. The non-profit Folk Heritage Committee must raise funds to cover the costs at

Shindig on the Green for goods and services such as sound equipment and technicians. All

proceeds from the June 25th 5K and Fun Walk will help to cover the “free” Shindig’s very real

operating costs, which average several thousand dollars per 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. Shindig takes place in the heart of downtown

Asheville at Pack Square Park’s Roger McGuire Green, on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage.

Dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the region’s rich cultural heritage, Shindig on

the Green’s 50th summer season is scheduled for July 2, 9, 16, 23; August 13, 20, 27; and

September 3. For more information, visit www.folkheritage.org or call Brian Carter at

828-335-1263.

Registration: Registration is open! Register for the “Run for Shindig on the Green” 5K Race

and Fun Walk/Run online at www.active.com. Online registration closes Thursday June 23rd.

Day-of-race registration is 7:00-8:15 a.m.

Carrier Park: The June 25th 5K and Fun Run fundraiser takes place at Carrier Park at the

intersection of Amboy Road and Michigan Avenue in West Asheville.

From I-240 East: Take Exit 1C.

From I-240 West: Take Exit 1B. Take a left at the light and your next left after that, back onto

I-240 East. Stay on the ramp to take Exit 1C onto Amboy road. Carrier Park will be on the right

after about .25 miles.

Parking: Parking is limited to 280 spaces at Carrier Park so please carpool if possible.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For Calendar Listings:

50th Season of Shindig on the Green. A joyously spontaneous celebration of traditional and old-
time string bands, bluegrass, ballad singers, big circle mountain dancers and cloggers on summer

Saturday evenings in downtown Asheville, NC. Stage show and informal jam sessions. Pack

Square Park on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford stage. Bring your instruments, lawn chairs or

blankets, family and friends. July 2, 9, 16, 23; August 13, 20, 27, and September 3, 2016. Free.

Info: www.folkheritage.org or (828)258-6101 x345.

89th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. The nation’s longest running folk festival.

The 89th annual edition of this three-day event showcases the best of the region’s traditional and

old-time musicians, ballad singers, mountain dance groups and cloggers. Thursday through

Saturday, August 4, 5 & 6, 2016, with a different show each night. 7:00 p.m. nightly at Diana

Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville, NC. Tickets on sale now at the Diana Wortham

Theatre box office. Regular $22; Children 12 and under $12; Groups of 10 or more $17; Three-
night package: Adults $55.50, Children (12 & under) $24. (828) 257-4530 or

www.dwtheatre.com. Info: www.folkheritage.org.

••••••••••••

ASHEVILLE’S FOLK HERITAGE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES DATES FOR LONG-
STANDING MOUNTAIN SUMMER EVENTS: SHINDIG ON THE GREEN AND

MOUNTAIN DANCE AND FOLK FESTIVAL - SUMMER 2016

Asheville, NC – The Folk Heritage Committee announces its summer 2016 dates for two

celebrated mountain traditions in Asheville, North Carolina: the 50th season of Shindig on the

Green and the 89th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. Each event features long-standing

as well as the newest generation of traditional and mountain string bands, ballad singers, and big

circle mountain dancers and cloggers, resulting in fun-filled and authentic evenings enjoyed by

kith and kin of all ages.

The 50th Season of Shindig on the Green, a free event in the heart of downtown Asheville, with

a stage show and informal jam sessions, takes place on Saturday evenings. Kicking off on July

2nd this year, Shindig on the Green will be held on July 2, 9, 16, 23; August 13, 20, 27, and

September 3, 2016. Shindig returns again to the heart of downtown Asheville at Pack Square

Park’s Roger McGuire Green. The stage show takes place on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford stage,

named for the founder of the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. Locals and visitors alike gather

“along about sundown,” or at seven o’clock for those who wear a watch, for Shindig on the

Green. Since the outdoor event’s inception in 1967, hundreds of thousands of individuals from

across the region and throughout the world have shared and enjoyed the rich traditional music

and dance heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains in this outdoor setting.

The 89th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk and Festival, a ticketed event at Diana Wortham

Theatre in downtown Asheville with a different show each night, takes place at 7:00 p.m. nightly,

Thursday through Saturday, August 4, 5 & 6, 2016. The sister event to Shindig on the Green, the

Mountain Dance and Folk Festival was founded by Bascom Lamar Lunsford in 1928. The

nation’s longest running folk festival, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival showcases the best

of the region’s mountain musicians and dancers during its three evenings of indoor

performances.

The non-profit, all-volunteer Folk Heritage Committee’s mission is to preserve and present the

musical heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains to audiences from throughout the

region and world, for entertainment and education, by producing the annual Shindig on the

Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival events.

For more info about the 50th Season of Shindig on the Green or the 89th Annual Mountain Dance

and Folk Festival, visit www.folkheritage.org or call Brian Carter: 828-335-1263.

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For Calendar Listings:

BBQ & Bluegrass, a fundraising concert for Shindig on the Green. Saturday, April 23, 2016, at

5:00 p.m. in the Rainbow Community Center Auditorium located at 60 State St., W. Asheville,

NC. The concert features Roger Howell & Friends, The Midnight Plowboys and Rhiannon &

The Relics. Cost is $20 per person and includes a meal from Okie Dokies Smokehouse. Reserve

tickets by e-mailing info@folkheritage.org or by calling the Folk Heritage Info Line:

828-258-6101 x345. For more information visit www.folkheritage.org.

SHINDIG ON THE GREEN PRESENTS “BBQ & BLUEGRASS” ANNUAL FUNDRAISING

CONCERT WITH ROGER HOWELL & FRIENDS, THE MIDNIGHT PLOWBOYS AND

RHIANNON & THE RELICS, SATURDAY, APRIL 23RD AT 5:00 P.M. AT RAINBOW

COMMUNITY CENTER AUDITORIUM

(Asheville, NC) – One of the area’s most beloved and authentic cultural traditions, Shindig on

the Green presents the “BBQ & Bluegrass” annual fundraising concert, an evening of traditional

bluegrass, Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. in the Rainbow Community Center

Auditorium. The Folk Heritage Committee’s annual fundraiser features Roger Howell & Friends,

The Midnight Plowboys and Rhiannon & The Relics. The fundraising concert is a key element in

securing necessary funding for the free and beloved Shindig on the Green summer Saturday

evenings in Asheville.

Roger Howell & Friends: A Master Fiddler from Mars Hill, Roger Howell has been performing

and teaching to the delight of crowds for decades. Having won numerous awards from festivals

and fairs all over the country for his outstanding music, Roger shares his flavor of traditional

music at this all too important fundraiser. Roger continues to work on recording his “Memory

Collection” of fiddle tunes, now totaling 532, for Mars Hill University’s Southern Appalachian

Archives.

The Midnight Plowboys: A roots music string band from Asheville, NC, playing bluegrass and

fiddle tunes while blending in cajun, honky-tonk, waltzes, Texas swing and early rock and roll.

The band features Brian Hunter, guitar and vocals; Laura Boosinger, banjo and vocals; Emma

McDowell Best, fiddle and vocals; Mike Hunter, mandolin and vocals; Robert Reeves, bass and

vocals.

Rhiannon & The Relics: Rhiannon Ramsey is an accomplished fiddle player heading up this talented

group of seasoned musicians that make up her Relics. Oh by the way,

she's 12. However short on years, she's long on talent and together with Craig Bannerman (bass

and vocals), Troy Harrison (banjo, guitar, mandolin, vocals), Brian Hunter (guitar, vocals), and

Mike Hunter (mandolin, vocals), they bring a powerful set of bluegrass to all who bear witness.


Almost 40,000 people attend Shindig on the Green for free throughout the summer. While the

crowds of locals and visitors at Shindig have grown over the years for the free evenings, so have

the costs. The all-volunteer, nonprofit Folk Heritage Committee must raise funds to cover the

sharply rising costs at Shindig on the Green for goods and services such as sound equipment and

technicians, publicity, event fees and merchandise. The April concert has a $6000 monetary goal,

with all of those funds needed to help cover the “free” Shindig’s very real operating costs, which

average several thousand dollars per 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. Shindig takes place in the heart of downtown Asheville at Pack Square

Park’s Roger McGuire Green, on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage. Dedicated to the

celebration and preservation of the region’s rich cultural heritage, Shindig on the Green’s 50th

summer season in 2016 is scheduled for July 2, 9, 16, 23, August 13, 20, and 27; and September

3rd.

The Rainbow Community Center Auditorium: The April 23rd fundraiser takes place in the

Rainbow Community Center Auditorium, 60 State St. in W. Asheville, NC.

Tickets: $20 per person. To reserve tickets, e-mail info@folkheritage.org or call the Folk

Heritage Info Line and leave a message: 828-258-6101 x345. Anyone who cannot attend and

wants to make a tax-deductible contribution can mail a check payable to the Folk Heritage

Committee to PO Box 1010, Asheville, NC 28802. For more information, visit

www.folkheritage.org.


JULY 1ST
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: THE 88TH ANNUAL MOUNTAIN DANCE AND FOLK FESTIVAL RETURNS TO DIANA WORTHAM THEATRE IN DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE AUGUST 6, 7 & 8

Asheville, NC – The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, the country’s longest running folk festival, now in its 88th year of highlighting mountain culture, returns this summer for three full evenings: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 6, 7 and 8 at the Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville. Tickets are on sale now.

With introductions beginning at 6:50 p.m. and the show beginning at 7:00 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, big circle mountain dancers and cloggers – who share music and dance that echo centuries of Scottish, English, Irish, Cherokee and African heritage. The festival begins Thursday, August 6 with Hometown Appreciation Night. In keeping with the grassroots flavor of the festival, local families and individuals are encouraged to attend to help kick off the first night of the festival.
Also as a special offer for the first night of the festival, anyone who purchases a 2015 Shindig t-shirt at the Shindig on the Green during July will receive a special offer of two $5 coupons, each of which may be applied toward the purchase of a $22 Adult ticket for the Thursday, August 6th Mountain Dance and Folk Festival.

Audiences at each of the three performances will see an extensive line-up of the best musicians, ballad singers 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.

Click Here for the 2015 Mountain Dance and Folk Festival Performance Schedule

Parking: Festival patrons can park off-street, at the parking garage on Bilore Avenue - which also provides wheelchair access to the Festival - or at the various parking garages located throughout downtown Asheville. Click for parking options

The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival is presented by Asheville’s Folk Heritage Committee which also produces its sister event, the 49th Annual Shindig on the Green, a free gathering held each year at Pack Square Park on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford stage, with a stage show and informal jam sessions on Saturday evenings – June 27; July 11, 18, 25; August 15, 22, 29; and September 5. 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.

Ticket Information: Tickets (Regular $22; Children 12 and under $12; Groups of 10 or more $17 per person; 3-night package $54 for adults and $24 for children) for the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival are available from the Diana Wortham Theatre box office: (828) 257-4530 or online at www.dwtheatre.com.

Raffle: The much-sought-after annual raffle items for the 2015 Shindig season are: a historic dulcimer handcrafted by celebrated Western North Carolina woodworker, James David Sams, mounted in a beautiful display frame by Blackbird Frame & Art and accompanied by an antique turkey quill used by renowned balladeer and dulcimer player, Virgil Sturgill – both dulcimer and quill may be removed for playing – valued at $1,500; and a 66” x 86” handmade twin-size quilt, featuring Sheepfold blocks set on point in a variety of red and cream fabrics and finished with heirloom-quality machine quilting, created by local quilting collaborative, Mountain Jam Circle – valued at $850. Raffle tickets are available at each Mountain Dance and Folk Festival evening and all eight Shindig on the Green evenings, and the winning tickets are pulled during the final Shindig on the Green on Saturday, September 5.

Sponsors: The Folk Heritage Committee produces Shindig on the Green’s 49th Summer Season and the 88th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival with support from the following Corporate Sponsors: Able Rent-A-John; Acoustic Corner; Acoustic Sound Production; Alan's Jewelry & Pawn; Americare Pharmacy Consultants; Asheville Citizen-Times; Bilore®; Brian C. Hunter, CPA, P.A.; City Bakery; CWS – Consolidated Waste Services; Deutsch & Gottschalk, PA; Elly Wells Marketing + Project Management; Fox Dental Associates; Graybeard Graphics; Greybeard Realty; Henco Reprographics; Lenoir-Rhyne University; Luella’s Bar-B-Que; Mast General Store; Mission Health; Mountain Jam Circle; Okie Dokies Smokehouse; Pack’s Tavern; Parsec Financial; RomanticAsheville.com Vacation Guide; Shay Brown Events; Skyland Auto Group; State Farm Insurance – Diane Bauknight; Telco Community Credit Union; Togar Rugs; Town Hardware & General Store; and Yesterday Spaces. Media Sponsors are: 880 AM The Revolution; 88.7 FM WNCW; 99.9 FM Kiss Country; The Laurel of Asheville; Mountain Xpress; News Radio 570 WWNC; Rapid River Magazine; Smoky Mountain Living; Smoky Mountain News; and WNC magazine. Ongoing support of Shindig on the Green is provided by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Asheville, and Buncombe County. Click here for list of sponsor links


JUNE 1ST
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 4TH ANNUAL “RUN FOR SHINDIG ON THE GREEN” 5K RACE AND FUN WALK: A SPECIAL FUNDRAISING BENEFIT FOR SHINDIG — SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 2015 AT 8:30 A.M. AT CARRIER PARK IN ASHEVILLE

Asheville, NC – The Folk Heritage Committee, which produces Shindig on the Green, is excited to announce the fourth annual Run For Shindig on the Green, a fun and healthy way to help support Shindig, featuring a 5K Race and one mile Fun Walk. The event takes place Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Carrier Park in Asheville with the 5K Race beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the Fun Walk beginning at 8:35 a.m. The Run for Shindig on the Green 5K kicks off the 49th season of Shindig and is a key element in securing necessary funding for the free and beloved Shindig on the Green summer Saturday evenings in Asheville.

Two overall winners will be recognized at this year's first Shindig on the Green, on the evening of June 27th, and all race participants are encouraged to attend. The overall male and female winners of the 5K will each receive a beautiful mug featuring the Folk Heritage Committee logo and handcrafted by Mangum Pottery in Weaverville, NC. There will be additional medals and ribbons awarded to the winners of age divisions of the 5K Race. Race management timing and finish line services are performed by Right On Time Productions; race results will be available five minutes after the last runner finishes.

Over 30,000 people attend Shindig on the Green for free throughout the summer. While the crowds of locals and visitors at Shindig have grown over the years for the free evenings, so have the costs. The non-profit Folk Heritage Committee must raise funds to cover the costs at Shindig on the Green for goods and services such as sound equipment and technicians. All proceeds from the June 27th 5K and Fun Walk will help to cover the “free” Shindig’s very real operating costs, which average several thousand dollars per 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. Shindig takes place in the heart of downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park’s Roger McGuire Green, on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage. Dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the region’s rich cultural heritage, Shindig on the Green’s 49th summer season is scheduled for June 27; July 11, 18, 25; August 15, 22, 29; and September 5. For more information, visit www.folkheritage.org or call the Folk Heritage Info Line: 828-258-6101 x345.

Registration: Registration is open! Register for the “Run for Shindig on the Green” 5K Race and Fun Walk/Run online at www.active.com. Online registration closes Thursday June 25th. T-Shirts will be available for pre-registered participants only. There will be no T-shirts available for race-day registrants. Day-of-race registration is 7:30-8:15 a.m.

Carrier Park: The June 27th 5K and Fun Run fundraiser takes place at Carrier Park at the intersection of Amboy Road and Michigan Avenue in West Asheville.
From I-240 East: Take Exit 1C.
From I-240 West: Take Exit 1B. Take a left at the light and your next left after that, back onto I-240 East. Stay on the ramp to take Exit 1C onto Amboy road. Carrier Park will be on the right after about .25 miles.

Parking: Parking is limited to 280 spaces at Carrier Park so please carpool if possible.

Loretta's Big Hug Super Saturdays: On Saturday, June 27th, Shindig on the Green will be the beneficiary of Loretta's Café’s Big Hug Super Saturday. Loretta’s will donate 10% of all sales on June 27th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to the Folk Heritage Committee. More information at www.lorettascafe.com/events.hl.


MAY 1ST, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ASHEVILLE’S FOLK HERITAGE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES DATES FOR LONG-STANDING MOUNTAIN SUMMER EVENTS: SHINDIG ON THE GREEN AND MOUNTAIN DANCE AND FOLK FESTIVAL - SUMMER 2015

Asheville, NC – The Folk Heritage Committee announces its summer 2015 dates for two celebrated mountain traditions in Asheville, North Carolina: the 49th season of Shindig on the Green and the 88th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. Each event features long-standing as well as the newest generation of traditional and mountain string bands, ballad singers, and big circle mountain dancers and cloggers, resulting in fun-filled and authentic evenings enjoyed by kith and kin of all ages.

The 49th Season of Shindig on the Green, a free event in the heart of downtown Asheville, with a stage show and informal jam sessions, takes place on Saturday evenings. Kicking off on June 27th this year, Shindig on the Green will be held on June 27; July 11, 18, 25; August 15, 22, 29; and September 5. Shindig returns again to the heart of downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park’s Roger McGuire Green. The stage show takes place on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford stage, named for the founder of the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. Locals and visitors alike gather “along about sundown,” or at seven o’clock for those who wear a watch, for Shindig on the Green. Since the outdoor event’s inception in 1967, hundreds of thousands of individuals from across the region and throughout the world have shared and enjoyed the rich traditional music and dance heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains in this outdoor setting.

The 88th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk and Festival, a ticketed event at Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville with a different show each night, takes place at 7:00 p.m. nightly, Thursday through Saturday, August 6, 7 & 8, 2015. The sister event to Shindig on the Green, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival was founded by Bascom Lamar Lunsford in 1928. The nation’s longest running folk festival, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival showcases the best of the region’s mountain musicians and dancers during its three evenings of indoor performances.

The non-profit, all-volunteer Folk Heritage Committee’s mission is to preserve and present the musical heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains to audiences from throughout the region and world, for entertainment and education, by producing the annual Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival events.

Loretta's Big Hug Super Saturdays: On Saturday, June 27th, Shindig on the Green will be the beneficiary of Loretta's Café’s Big Hug Super Saturday. Loretta’s will donate 10% of all sales on June 27th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to the Folk Heritage Comittee. More information at www.lorettascafe.com/events.hl.

For more info about the 49th Season of Shindig on the Green or the 88th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, visit www.folkheritage.org or call the Folk Heritage Info Line: 828-258-6101 x345.

FEBRUARY 4TH, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ASHEVILLE’S FOLK HERITAGE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES 2015
COMMITTEE MEMBERS FOR SHINDIG ON THE GREEN AND MOUNTAIN DANCE AND FOLK
FESTIVAL

(Asheville, NC) – The Folk Heritage Committee, the volunteer
behind-the-scenes force that annually spearheads Asheville’s Shindig on
the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, announces its 2015
committee members: Jeff Atkins, Glenn Bannerman, Loretta Freeman, Bob
Gregory, Kevin Hamlin, Bill Hansen, Mary Jane Hunter, Judy Miller, Carol
Peterson, Ronald Rhodes, Kathy Roberts, Linda Smathers, Jerry Sutton, and
Eric Zachary.

2015 Advisors to the committee are: Jackie Allison, Craig Bannerman, Leesa
Brandon, Richard Hurley, Jerry Israel, Bruce Peterson, Carol Rifkin,
Rodney Sutton, Elly Wells, and Kent Withington.

The volunteer not-for-profit Folk Heritage Committee’s mission is to
produce 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.

To contact the Folk Heritage Committee, email info@folkheritage.org or
call the Folk Heritage Info Line at 828.258.6101 x345. More information at
www.folkheritage.org.