Sunday Soiree Will Feature Tuscola Band Students

The Sunday Soiree is a brand new Folkmoot Festival event sponsored by the Smoky Mountain News and scheduled for Sunday, July 23rd at 7:00 p.m. This event will be held in the green space adjacent to the Folkmoot Friendship Center, 112 Virginia Ave, and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for everyone under the age of 5. The evening will feature American Grammy-award winning, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo ( and Empire Strikes Brass ( These bands offer a wide spectrum of musical genres, are multi-instrumental and musically sophisticated.

Tuscola High School band students, directed by Tim Wise, Dillon Ingle, and Adam Stewart, will be joining 23 Skidoo and Empire Strikes Brass during this evening of music. The Soiree will open with a Jazz Band of about fifteen students and Drumline consisting of 3 Snares, 2 Tenors, and 5 Basses. The Jazz Band will start the evening with a mixture of 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and modern Jazz. The Drumline is scheduled to play a set with Empire Strikes Brass.

“These students are hardworking, top-notch individuals who practice diligently, meeting during their time off from school for rehearsals, as they prepare to give the audience a great show,” said Dillon Ingle, Associate Director of Bands at Tuscola.

A portion of proceeds from this event will benefit Haywood County School band students who wish to attend Western Carolina University and play in the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band.

Attendees can also grab a bite to eat from one or both of the delicious food vendors that will be joining us for the Sunday Soiree. Appalachian Smoke serves pulled pork, smoked chicken, ribs, and more. ( Fat Belly’s offers burgers, specialty sandwiches, and shrimp and chicken dinners. (

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Folkmoot 2017: The Red River Welsh Folk Dancers

Dawnswyr Gwerin Yr Afon Goch (The Red River Welsh Folk Dancers) is recognized world-wide for their unique performances of Irish and Welsh style dances. The school was established in Winnipeg in the fall of 1947 with no more than a dozen pupils, due to the small population of Irish in the community. Samuel and Sarah McConnell, immigrants from Northern Ireland, are the founders of the dance school.


Sam McConnell choreographed numerous CBC TV shows and local theatre productions. Many of the students from McConnell School of Dance have experienced successful careers in dance. The group has been part of CIOFF for over 40 years and perform over 60 shows each year both locally, nationally, and internationally. The dancers have performed at festivals in Peru, Costa Rica, Bulgaria, Ireland, and Walt Disney World in Florida.


Dawnswyr Gwerin Yr Afon Goch (The Red River Welsh Folk Dancers)have a unique, high caliber, performance-style dancing of both traditional and modern forms of Irish dance. Costumes for females include a full skirted dress often featuring lace and detailed patterns from the medieval period.

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