workshops

Instructional Workshops

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Flatfooting Dance Workshop, Friday, Time TBA

Information coming soon. Located in the Dance Tent.


The Art of Old-Time Fiddle with Wayne Martin, Saturday, Time TBD

Wayne Martin has spent decades visiting with elder musicians, studying archival recordings, and mastering the art of old-time fiddle. In this workshop, Wayne will help participants understand the “old ways” and demonstrate his approach to old-time fiddling. The workshop will include brief overviews of the fundamental principles of bowing, phrasing, and interpreting old-time fiddle tunes. Located at the Coffee Barn.
 

Appalachian Ballads with Cary Fridley, Saturday, Time TBD

Cary Fridley is an Appalachian singer, bassist, and innovative educator. Having honed her skills and performed in western North Carolina for over 25 years, she is a published songwriter, recording artist, and bandleader whose style is rooted in tradition and conveys the spirit of the mountains. She is currently a member of the Adjunct Fine Arts Faculty at AB-Tech in Asheville, NC, and teaches old-time music at three western North Carolina JAM programs, plus Traditional Classes for Adults at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts.

 


Storytelling Blues with Big Ron Hunter, Saturday, Time TBD

Big Ron Hunter describes his guitar style as “red bank squirrel scratching blues.”

He was born and raised in a log cabin on a sharecropping farm in the countryside near Winston-Salem, North Carolina. As a kid he wanted to be a cowboy. He often donned a cowboy hat and practiced country-western songs while riding a make-believe horse. Later in life Hunter found a deep connection with the stories he can tell through the blues, and has gained recognition for his unique style.

He has performed his version of Piedmont Blues all over the world including France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austalia, and Guatemala, as well as performing at both the Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in the U.S. He is the 2019 recipient of the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society’s prestigious “Keeping the Blues Alive” award. Located at the Coffee Barn


On deck: Old-Time Banjo with Jake Owen, Guitar with David Hughes, and More TBA!

 


Clogging with The Green Grass Cloggers, Saturday 10:45am

Inspired by traditional mountain-style clogging teams, but more influenced by older flatfoot and buck dancers, North Carolina’s premier clogging group, The Green Grass Cloggers, has been kicking up their collective heels for OVER fifty years now! Together they have developed an original, eclectic style. Unlike the traditional “big-set” mountain square dance figures, they use choreography based on four-couple western square dance figures in short energetic routines. Stop by and learn some basic clogging steps, as well as more advanced moves from these intergenerational dance pioneers. Located in the Dance Tent.


Children’s Clogging, Saturday 10am

Information coming soon. Located in the Dance Tent.

 

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