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Annual Music in the Mountains Folk Festival

Since 1985, the Music in the Mountains Folk Festival has showcased local and regional traditional music. With your support in the way of donations and the purchase of limited-edition t-shirts, we can continue to honor performers and promoters like Sheila K. Adams and past honorees Don Pedi, Wayne Ledford, Rhonda Gouge, Bob Lominac, Bobby McMillon, Bruce Greene, Bob “Happy Feet” Aldridge, and Bill and Judy Carson.

The 2023 Music In the Mountains Festival is coming right up!

Mark your calendars for September 16th, at Homeplace Beer Company & Hog Hollow Pizza for an afternoon of workshops, traditional craft vendors and an evening filled with Appalachian music.

The 2023 festival honorees are Joyce Johnson and Denise Cook in appreciation for their dedication to the Music In the Mountains Festival since its earliest days. We’re grateful to them for bringing local, traditional mountain music to the forefront of the event and helping to create a wonderful way to celebrate and promote this important part of our regional cultural heritage.

We’ll kick off this year’s event with afternoon workshops from 2:30-3:30. These intimate workshops, taught by Appalachian legends, will give the participants an introduction to Ballad Singing, Flatfooting or Mountain Dulcimer. The workshop fee is $30/person. Space is limited so be sure to register online to reserve your spot.

From 4-8 you are invited to shop with local artists in our traditional craft market.

On the stage from 5-8 you will be treated to some fantastic tunes. With our MC Phil Jamison behind the mic, the line-up includes emerging musicians Newfound Gap, Ballad Singer Donna Ray Norton, Old Time musicians Roger Howell & Jerry Sutton, and Carolina Bluegrass Style.

 Suggested donation for attending is $15.

You can help support the Music In the Mountains Folk Festival by purchasing one of our commemorative t-shirts, tank tops or hoodies through the Bonfire fundraising site which you can access through the link below.

If you would like to be an event sponsor or make a donation directly to the event, please contact Alena Applerose, Toe River Arts Community Outreach Coordinator at alena@toeriverarts.org or by phone 828-765-0520.

2022 Honoree: Sheila K. Adams

2021 Honoree: Don Pedi