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Music Events
May 6, 2016


Free Admission, Donations Appreciated.
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Carolina Express

Carolina Express was formed by brothers Jonah and Grayson Riddle. Jonah is 16, and Grayson is 11. Growing up in the mountains of western North Carolina, Jonah has been playing the banjo for 4 and ½ years. From the first time he picked up the instrument, he fell in love.

Jonah’s brother, Grayson, plays guitar and does vocals. He has been playing guitar for almost 2 years. From the time he was only 5 years old, he would pick the guitar at church services. Their father, Benjie Riddle, joins them on the upright bass.

Jonah and Grayson have had the privilege of picking on stage with many great artists: Doyle Lawson, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Balsam Range, Ralph Stanley II, Nu Blue, Ricky Skaggs, J.D. Crowe, and Kody Norris. They have performed at many concerts and venues across the country, including: The Ryman Auditorium Courtyard, the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh, Woodsongs, the Lyric Theatre in Kentucky, Houstonfest, the Orchard at Altapass, the North Carolina State Bluegrass Festival, Bluegrass First Class in Asheville, North Carolina, the Earl Scruggs Center, the Pickin’ Porch, the Museum of Appalachia, the Carter Fold and the World-Renown WDVX Blue Plate Special in Knoxville, TN.


May 13, 2016


7:00-8:00 pm
Admission free, Donations appreciated.
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Brasstown Ringers Concert

Spring is bursting forth all around us in the mountains, and Brasstown Ringers has gathered some of the season's energy and vitality to create a musical Springtime Season Concert.


May 27, 2016


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

Raven Welch Band

Dahlonega, GA singer and mandolin player, Raven Welch, will be joined by fellow, accomplished bluegrass musicians for tunes & vocals known to bring crowds to their feet.

This is also our first concert of the season in the Festival Barn!


June 3, 2016


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

Pressley Sisters

The Pressley Sisters were born and raised in Brasstown, North Carolina. They are an authentic Appalachian duet that focus on tight harmony and lyrical meaning. Admiring traditional folk musicians, the Louvin Brothers, and classic country singers from the 40s and 50s, they hope to bring transcendent genuine music to the world.

Corie Pressley plays the guitar and mandolin while singing harmony with her sister, Katie, who plays the fiddle while singing lead.


June 17, 2016


7:00 p.m.
Free Admission, Donations Appreciated.
Location:  Festival Barn

Cornbread Ted & the Butterbeans

Cornbread Ted & the Butterbeans play a variety of old-timey music Including Ragtime, Country Blues, Appalachian Fiddle Tunes, & Early String Band Songs. The Band is based out of Young Harris Georgia in the Beautiful Mountains of North Georgia. They perform regularly in and Around the North Georgia and Western North Carolina Region.

"Cornbread Ted" (who moonlights as a professor in the art department at Young Harris College) plays clawhammer banjo, guitar, harmonica, fiddle & kazoo. His partners in musical mayhem, also from North Georgia are "Greasy Weezie" on bass fiddle, "Moon Pie" on resonator guitar, mandolin and melodeon
and "Possum" on percussion on "suit case" drum kit, bones and cowbell.

Be prepared for some rollickin' good music and some really bad jokes.


June 24, 2016


7:00 p.m.
Free admission.
Donations appreciated.
Location:  Festival Barn

Steve Hickman & John Devine

Steve Hickman and John Devine are well-known performers from King George, Virginia and Berkely Springs, West Virginia respectively who have served as staff musicians for a number of Folk School music and dance programs over the years. Steve Hickman has toured with numerous bands singing and playing fiddle and harmonica for more than twenty years. He is especially well-known for his mastery of the art of hambone or body percussion. John Devine specializes in contemporary folk songs as well as standards from the 1930s and 1940s. Together, Hickman and Devine play a wide variety of country, folk, bluegrass, Irish, swing and traditional old time music.

July 1, 2016


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

Chuck Nation Band

The Chuck Nation Band is a bluegrass/acoustic music band based in North Georgia that has performed over 400 shows since 2010, completed their second tour of Ireland in 2014 covering sixteen cities, and will debut in New York City at Carnegie Hall in May 2015.

Whether it's old favorites, modern songs, or original material, The Chuck Nation Band delivers professional grade, lively music that engages and entertains an audience from the moment they take the stage until the rousing applause at the end of the show.

Their most recent CD, On A High High Mountain, was released August 2013 and includes former Bill Monroe Bluegrass Boy Curtis Blackwell and former Dolly Parton band leader Gary Biscuit Davis. One of Chuck's YouTube videos, with national banjo champion Charles Wood, has already reached almost 50,000 hits! Close harmony vocals and superb instrumental playing help create their distinctive sound.



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