ASHEVILLE NC – The Cradle of Forestry in America’s annual Songcatchers Music Series closes on July 27 with the Palmetto Gravel Scratchers.
Now in its 12th year, the series is held each Sunday afternoon in July, beginning at 4:00 p.m. It honors traditional mountain music, and the talented performers who preserve it, share it, and make it their own. This year’s series is sponsored by Morrow Insurance Agency, Inc.
From Upstate South Carolina, the Palmetto Gravel Scratchers bring together a unique mix of old-time traditional string band tunes, historical ballads, early country songs and the works of contemporary songwriters. Their music relives the times when great changes were taking place in the United States from the end of the Civil War through the 1920s and beyond.
Concerts take place in the Cradle’s covered outdoor amphitheater, and move indoors if the weather is stormy. The stage show begins with an old-time string band from Transylvania County at 4:00. The main group plays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Local old-time musicians play informally by the Cradle’s wildlife habitat garden at 2:30 p.m. before the concert.
Concert-goers are welcome to arrive early and enjoy indoor and outdoor exhibits, two interpretive trails, the Giving Tree gift shop, and food from Hob Nob at the Cradle of Forestry. The site, including the amphitheater, is wheelchair accessible and will be open until 6:00 p.m. on Songcatchers Sundays.
Admission for all shows is $6.00 for ages 16 and older; $3.00 for youth 15 and under and America the Beautiful and Golden Age pass holders. The Cradle of Forestry is located on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway. For more information call 828-877-3130 or go to www.cradleofforestry.org.