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Asheville’s 86th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival

ASHEVILLE NC – The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, the country’s longest running folk festival, now in its 86th year of highlighting mountain culture, returns to the Diana Wortham Theatre this summer. The Festival runs for three full evenings, Thursday, August 1 through Saturday, August 3 at the Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville. Tickets are on sale now.

Held 7:00p.m. nightly, the festival formally showcases an amazing repertoire of mountain performers – old-timers as well as the newest generation of bluegrass and mountain string bands, ballad singers, big circle mountain dancers and cloggers – who share music and dance that echo centuries of Scottish, English, Irish, Cherokee and African heritage. The festival begins Thursday, August 1 with Hometown Appreciation Night. In keeping with the grassroots flavor of the festival, local families and individuals are encouraged to attend to help kick off the first night of the festival.

Audiences at each of the three performances will see an extensive line-up of the best musicians, ballad singers and dancers; each evening features at least four dance teams from the very young to the young at heart. The popular and long-standing house band the Stoney Creek Boys returns to perform each evening. And each night of the festival features both well-known musicians and new talent alike, representative of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and its continuing traditions.

2013 Mountain Dance and Folk Festival Performance Schedule (a/o 6/27/13):

(Note: performers and schedule are subject to change at any time)

• Thursday, August 1: Carol Rifkin and Jerry Sutton, Masters of Ceremonies; Ed Herron; Grey Eagle (Stoney Creek Boys); Betty Smith; Crooked Pine; Dance Team: Southern Appalachian Cloggers; Buncombe Turnpike; Peg Twisters; Dance Team: Folk Heritage Smooth Dancers; Dance Team: Southern Mountain Smoke; Don Pedi; Paul’s Creek Band; Brooke & George Buckner; Dance Team: Dixie Darlins; Whitewater Bluegrass Company.

• Friday, August 2: Laura Boosinger and Kevin Hamlin, Masters of Ceremonies; Ed Herron; Grey Eagle (Stoney Creek Boys); Joe Penland; Dance Team: Cole Mountain Cloggers; The New Broad River Band; Clearwater Connection; Bearwallow; Dance Team: Green Valley Cloggers; Dance Team: Mountain Tradition Cloggers; The Ross Brothers; Laura Boosinger; The Griggs; Dance Team: J Creek Cloggers; Phil & Gaye Johnson.

• Saturday, August 3: Richard Hurley and Glenn Bannerman, Masters of Ceremonies; Ed Herron; Grey Eagle (Stoney Creek Boys); Dance Team: Fines Creek Flatfooters; Trantham Family; Southern Highlanders; Dance Team: Stoney Creek Cloggers; The Cockman Family; Roger Howell; Dance Team: Bannerman Family & Friends; Dance Team: Southern Mountain Fire Cloggers; Bryce Parham & Kathryn Brickey; Appalachian Consort; Dance Team: Appalachian Mountaineers; Richard Hurley; Pinetop Revival.

Parking:  Festival patrons can park off-street, at the parking garage on Biltmore Avenue – which also provides wheelchair access to the Festival – or at the various parking garages located throughout downtown Asheville.

The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival is presented by Asheville’s Folk Heritage Committee which also produces its sister event, Shindig on the Green, a free gathering held each year at Pack Square Park on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford stage, with a stage show and informal jam sessions on Saturday evenings – June 29; July 6, 13, 20; August 10, 17, 24 and 31. Both events rely on the generosity and shared talent of the region’s finest old-time musicians and mountain dancers.

The Folk Heritage Committee’s mission is to produce Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in order to support the preservation and continuation of the traditional music, dance and storytelling heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The Folk Heritage Committee produces the 47th Annual Shindig on the Green and the 86th annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival with support from the following Corporate Sponsors: Able Rent-A-John; Acoustic Sound Production; Alan’s Jewelry & Pawn; Americare Pharmacy Consultants; Biltmore®; Brian C. Hunter, CPA, P.A.; C.F. Martin & Co.; David Holt; Diane Bauknight, State Farm Agent; Elly Wells Marketing + Project Management; Fox Dental Associates; Graybeard Graphics; Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa; Harmony Motors; Henco Reprographics; Jack of Hearts Pub & Restaurant; Jack of the Wood; Laughing Seed Café; Lenoir-Rhyne University; Luella’s Bar-B-Que; Mangum Pottery; Mast General Store; Okie Dokies Smokehouse; Pack’s Tavern; Parsec Financial; RomanticAsheville.com Vacation Guide; Sam’s Club; Skyland Auto Group; Stevenson & Carney, Attorneys at Law; Stevenson Rare Coins & Jewelry; Timothy E. Gillespie, DMD, FAGD; and Tops For Shoes. Media Sponsors are: 880 AM The Revolution; 88.7 FM WNCW; 99.9 FM Kiss Country; The Laurel of Asheville; Mountain Xpress, News Radio 570 WWNC; Smoky Mountain Living; Smoky Mountain News; and WNC magazine. Ongoing support of Shindig on the Green is provided by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Asheville, and Buncombe County.

Ticket Information: Tickets (Regular $20; Children 12 and under $10; 3 night package $54) for the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival are available from the Diana Wortham Theatre box office: (828) 257-4530 or online at www.dwtheatre.com.  For more information on the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival or Shindig on the Green, visit www.folkheritage.org or call the Folk Heritage Info Line: (828) 258-6101 x345.

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