A Publication from your Nashville Old-Time String Band
Association and Stratford Community Education.
4TH SUNDAY JAM
are now being scheduled by
Darlyne Kent. Please call her and
schedule your home for a month.
Thanks to Don and Mary Ann
Masters for allowing us to come and share their home for a jam. Very nice.
We need volunteer’s for
the October, November, and December Jam?
Smithsonian Folklife Festival Features the Music of
Official State and National
Championship Fiddlers Jamboree and Crafts Festival
www.dekalbtn.com/jamboree or www.smithvilletn.com
Uncle Dave Macon Days
Championship Old-Time Fiddlers Contest
Appalachian String Band Music Festival
July 30-August 3
on the Green July-Labor Day
If you happen to be
driving through Asheville, NC on the weekend this is a fun activity to take
in. It starts around 7 pm on Saturday
nights. They have a sign-up
performance and dances and lots of jams around the park area. If you’re going to be in the area, call
Leesa Sutton for further info.
Week Swannanoa Gathering, Swannanoa, NC
This is a weeklong
camp with room and board and tuition.
It is located at Warren Wilson College. This is a very good camp with lots of jamming, dancing, and
great instructors. You need to be
able to play by ear if you sign-up.
Some classes are already full if you are just now interested in it.
County Fiddler’s Convention
Suwannee Banjo Camp-Oct 24-26
Folk Culture Center State Park
Contact Jon Kay if
more info is needed at Jon.Kay@dep.state.fl.us
Instructors: Mac Benford, Brad Leftwich, Bob Carlin,
Mary Cox with Alan Jobbour as fiddler and John Rossback as guitarist.
John C. Campbell Folk School
Contact them for a
complete class catalog of all their camps.
They have week long and weekend classes offered year-round.
Do you have any photos of group events? Do you know of any events other group
members might be interested in? Do
you have an article to share with the group?
Do you have interesting Old-Time internet links to share with the
group? Do you have any
suggestions? Please forward to
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival program Appalachia: Heritage
and Harmony is the culminating event for the Year of Appalachia, designated
by Congress to run through July. Held on the National Mall from Wednesday,
June 25 through Sunday, June 29 and from Wednesday, July 2 through Sunday,
July 6, the Smithsonian program will focus on musical traditions of the
region, including bluegrass, old-time music, African-American traditions,
blues, gospel, ballads and occupational songs. Admission is free.
Folklife Festival program also celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Bristol
Sessions, recordings made of the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers in the
Tennessee-Virginia border town of Bristol in the summer in 1927. Those
commercial recordings brought old-time ballads and string and mountain music
to broad audiences across the United States and marked the beginnings of the
country music industry.
region around Bristol-encompassing portions of Virginia, Kentucky, North
Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and West Virginia-has been a historic center of
cultural creativity, says program curator Jeff Place. The roots of this music
lie in the inclination of folks to turn experience into story, song and
music. Dolly Parton, Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs, Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson
and Loretta Lynn, among many others, come from this region.
will range from such master practitioners as 85-year-old, National Heritage
Award-winner and old-time fiddler Ralph Blizard, to up-and-coming performers
such as 18-year-old, West Virginia fiddler Jake Krack. Last year Krack, who
began fiddling when he was 6, took first place in the under-60 category in a
fiddler competition in Charleston, W. Va.-the youngest person ever to win that
musical performers will include the VW Boys, a bluegrass band from Tennessee;
Nat Reese, a guitarist and former coal miner, who plays the traditional blues
and swing music he learned as a boy in West Virginia; Sheila Kay Adams, a
seventh-generation singer from North Carolina; the OQuinns, a Virginia
bluegrass band made up of father Fred and sons Keith and Kyle; the
Celtibillies, whose repertoire includes a wide range of traditional Celtic
and Appalachian old-time music and song; and the Buckingham Lining-Bar Gang,
an African American group known for its railroad work songs. Visitors will be
able to join these musicians and others at the Festivals pickin area.
Appalachia program will also feature the foodways, dance forms, storytelling
and work lore that inspire and sustain the region. Regional cooks will
demonstrate a variety of apple-butter making and canning techniques, as well
as such traditional dishes as fried chicken, greens, biscuits and gravy,
stack cakes and fried pies. Cooks will also demonstrate haute cuisine dishes
derived from traditional Appalachian foods.
being named the Biggest Liar five times at the annual West Virginia Liars
Contest, storyteller Bil Lepp was promoted to emcee, so other folks could
have a chance at the title. Lepp will entertain Festival visitors with his
tall tales. Native American storyteller Lloyd Arneach learned his first
legends from two storytelling uncles on the Cherokee reservation in North
Carolina. Arneach will share those and other stories he has collected.
Orville Hicks will bring to life the old stories about Jack, a youngest son
seeking his fortune.
Heritage and Harmony is produced in collaboration with the Birthplace of
Country Music Alliance and the Center for Appalachian Studies at East
Tennessee State University and with generous contributions from the Recording
Industries Music Performance Trust Funds, King Pharmaceuticals, the Norfolk
Southern Foundation, Tennessee Tourism, and West Virginia Division of
Tourism, and with support from the Appalachian Regional Commission.
1967, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival has celebrated traditional cultures
from across the United States and around the world. In addition to
Appalachia, the 2003 Festival will feature programs on Mali and Scotland. The
Festival is produced by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural
Heritage and co-sponsored by the National Park Service. To learn more about
the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, visit www.folklife.si.edu.