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Music Events
April 17, 2015


7:00 p.m.
Free Admission.
Donations welcome!
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Mountain Fling

Mountain Fling is a four-piece band based in Southwest Virginia that plays traditional old-time material but delves into the recent past for variety. They sing and play autoharp, guitar, banjo, hammered dulcimer, harmonica and bass. John Hollandsworth from Christiansburg, Virginia has played autoharp since childhood and has won many awards for his playing including "Best All-Around Performer" at the famous Galax Fiddlers' Convention. His wife Kathie sings and plays hammered dulcimer and bass. Jim Lloyd of Rural Retreat, Virginia plays guitar and banjo. Raised in the coal fields of Virginia and West Virginia, Jim sponsors a weekly jam session in his barber shop. Ed Ogle of Roanoke plays harmonica and guitar. His award-winning harmonica playing features both slow, lyrical melodies and fast dance tunes.

April 24, 2015


7:00 p.m.
Free Admission.
Donations welcome!
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Fletcher Bright & The Dismembered Tennesseans

The Dismembered Tennesseans have appeared on stage with many of the top country music stars and performed in concert with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra and the Chattanooga Boys Choir, and more recently the Chattanooga Ballet. They have appeared on a segment of ABC-TV's Peter Jennings Nightly News and were featured on the NBC Sunday Today Show. Their audiences have been composed of such celebrities as Chuck Yeager, Sam Nunn, Gerald Ford, Jack Kemp, and three Tennessee governors. Easily one of the most popular bands in hometown Chattanooga, they have made their mark singing country music for people who don't particularly like country music.


April 30, 2015


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

Brasstown Ringers Concert

Special THURSDAY Night 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 Potpourri” Concert.

When Brasstown Ringers asked fans last year what they would like to hear in a Spring Concert, they replied, “everything – classical, blues, show tunes, jazz, - just surprise us”. The group likes a challenge - so, the ringers answered the call with classical numbers such as “Rondo Passacaglia”, traditional spirituals such as “By and By”; favorite musical show tunes such as “Do-Re-Mi” from the “Sound of Music” and an African jazz piece called “Sherekea Usafari!” (“Celebrate the Journey!”).

The group is especially excited to play Fred Gramann's “Prelude on Herzliebster Jesu” just after attending a workshop under the composer's direction in February. This piece interweaves three separate anthems of music into one breath-taking score. Mr. Gramann is currently working as the Director of Music at the American Church in Paris, France. He composes handbell pieces not only for his groups, but also for other well-know directors. “Prelude” is an intense and charged musical journey of Christ's Passion story.

For 2015, a group of veteran players make up the Brasstown Ringers. They come from areas in Western North Carolina and Northern Georgia. All of the players participate in other musical endeavors, and some play as quartet, duet, and solo handbell ringers. Pat Meinecke remains Brasstown Ringers' director. The group's ringers include Bruce Brunner, Maggie Crider, Shelia Gregory, Liza Lawrence, Henry Meinecke, George James, Lorie Meservey, Laura Mowe, Dianne Schickedantz, Mark Schickedantz, Linda Sterrett, Travis Vaughn, and Glenda Wattenbarger. This year flutist Anne Merkel will join the group on “Awake My Heart”.

May 8, 2015


7:00 pm
Free Admission: Donations Welcome!
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Blue Eyed Girl

Blue Eyed Girl is a dynamic group of three young women whose roots are deep in traditional music and dance. Their high-energy dance numbers, sweet Appalachian vocal arrangements, and old-time rhythmic flair draw from the music passed down to them from their families.

Pearl Mueller grew up in Black Mountain, NC, soaking up traditional Appalachian music and dance from her two fiddling parents. She picked up a tiny violin at age 5, and since then has fiddled her way through hundreds of foot-stomping contra dances and folk concerts.

Laurel Willoughby grew up right along side Pearl in Black Mountain, NC with musical parents as well. Laurel and Pearl started singing old-style harmonies together at a very young age which has resulted in a wonderfully seasoned sound now that they are grown. She plays stand-up bass and is known for her versions of old favorites like “Your Cheatin’ Heart.”

Annie Fain Barralon was raised in Cherokee County, NC, where as a small child she often fell asleep under the piano at the John C. Campbell Folk School while her parents played for square dances. She is the new Music & Dance Coordinator for the Folk School and teaches banjo and book arts workshops.


May 15, 2015


7-8 pm
Free Admission: Donations Welcome
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Sam Gleaves

Sam Gleaves was raised in Wythe County in southwest Virginia, where he has sung his entire life. Sam’s performances combine traditional ballads, dance tunes, original songs and the stories that surround the music.

Under the direction of local teacher Jim Lloyd, he took up the mountain instruments, including the banjo, guitar, fiddle, autoharp and dulcimer. With his mentor ballad singer Sheila Kay Adams, he found his voice and fell in love with the mountain love songs, which he carries into his generation with pride.

Sam earned a degree in Folklore from Berea College and has performed throughout the United States and internationally in Ireland and Japan with Al White's Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble. Sam has released three recordings, Shadow of a Song (2010), A Little While in the Wilderness (2012), Carrying On: Live Performances (2013) and has appeared on numerous others with the Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble, Leigh Beamer, and Susan Stenger.


May 21, 2015


7-8 pm
Free Admission: Donations welcome!
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Aubrey Atwater


Aubrey Atwater presents a captivating program of traditional and original folk music performed on guitar, Appalachian mountain dulcimer, Irish tin whistle, mandolin, feet, and old-time banjo. She entwines a moving explanation of the music with stories from her life and musical journey. Aubrey's love of music extends beyond the sound alone. Her pursuit is to understand folk music as an expression of human history and a glimpse into the lives of "ordinary" people.


June 5, 2015


7-8 pm
Free Admission : Donations Welcome!
Location:  Festival Barn

Brasstown Morris Dancers & their Fabulous Morris Band Perform

The Brasstown Morris Dancers is comprised of three individual teams, known as "sides" who perform traditional English morris dances with an American flavor. The group includes a large and wonderful dance band with accordions, fiddles, drums, recorder, bass and guitar. All performers are members of the local community in the Brasstown area. Many work at the folk school and Murphy Medical Center.

The three groups include Rural Felicity Garland Dancers, a women's side who have been dancing continuously at the folk school since 1983 , Sticks in the Mud Border Morris a mixed side of men and women since 1996, and Dames Rocket Northwest Clog Morris a women's side founded in 2005.

The groups all wear colorful costumes which include sticks, bells, floral decorated garlands, hankies,rag coats, blue face, and wooden soled clogs. The dance style has been passed down for many centuries in England and was often performed outdoors in the streets of village centers ( near a pub) to celebrate the changing of the seasons. Brasstown Morris Dancers are always present for Fall Festival, Christmas, New Years Eve, and May Day Saturday at the folk school. They have traveled to man other locations to dance at Morris Ales and festivals in New England, the Southeast and the Midwest, and have made four trips to Great Britain to dance with real English Morris sides. Last year they danced in Kenliworth near Stratford upon Avon as the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay passed through the town.

The group promotes the folk school wherever they go. Team leaders include Folk School Resident Artists Nanette Davidson and Martha Owen and band members include Bob Dalsemer, former Music & Dance Co-ordinator, and Folk School director Jan Davidson.

June 11, 2015


7:00 pm
Free Admission.
Donations Welcome!
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Guy & Sherrie George


Guy George, from Cleveland, Ohio, is a rhythmic, melodic hammered dulcimer player with a definite jazz influence to his playing style. Guy comes from a background in jazz and performance on the saxophone, having studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston; honing his skills playing with many jazz influenced musicians in the Boston and New York area. He has settled outside Cleveland, Ohio and presently plays hammered dulcimer, tenor, alto and soprano saxophones, flute, steel drum and keyboard.

Sharrie George studied music at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, and has been involved with music and worship at churches in Ohio since 1980. She plays guitar, ukulele, mountain dulcimer, bass, banjo, and sings.

Guy and Sherrie tour throughout the United States and write and produce instructional books for hammered dulcimer, steel drum, pennywhistle, and other instruments. They also travel as instructors for these instruments and perform at various venues around the country. They have one CD they have produced together, "Dream Castle."



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