It will be a June 14th afternoon of mountain music, clogging, storytelling, mural art and a cake walk at the Folkmoot Friendship Center – and you won’t want to miss this display of Western Carolina mountain heritage!
Catch the Spirit of Appalachia has brought together some well-known Western Carolina entertainers to celebrate the mountain folk heritage as a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization.
The cost at the door is $10 for adults, $3 for children under 9 and the cake walk is $1 for each walk. You can also donate here to Catch the Spirit of Appalachia.
“In this, our 26th year,” said Doreyl Ammons Cain, cofounder of the arts and heritage organization, “we wanted to have some fun by sharing some of the entertainment we experienced as children; like the old mountain music we used to hear on the front porch; shape note, hymn, and the ole time call and response singing in church; the clogging we did in school; and cakewalks to raise money for good causes. Of course, we would have some storytelling with spontaneous art as my sister, Amy, and I have done for these many years!”
Performers will include The Ammons Sisters (storytellers), Mike Nichols (shaped note), Betty Brown (ballads), Junior Appalachian Musicians of Jackson County, the J. Creek Cloggers and Bill Cole and Blackberry Jam Band.
Featured Young musicians and singers are: Brady Powell and Grace Morris-banjo and guitar; Carley Arrowood on fiddle; Ross Brothers on banjo and guitar; Rylan, Haven, Brandt Schanbacher—known as the Garnet Ridge Ramblers; Rhiannon Ramsey and the Relics, with Rhiannon Ramsey on fiddle, Craig Bannerman on bass, Troy Harrison on banjo, and Bryan Hunter on rhythm guitar; Jonah and Grayson Riddle on banjo and guitar; and Lillian Chase on fiddle.
This Catch the Spirit of Appalachia fundraiser is to facilitate and forever remember the entertainers behind Asheville’s Shindig on the Green with the completion of the “Golden Threads” Mural. Shindig on the Green, now in its 49th year, takes place in the heart of downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park’s Roger McGuire Green. The stage shows take place on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford stage, named for the founder of the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, the nation’s longest running folk festival.