Mountain Dance and Folk Festival

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Country and Region United StatesNorth Carolina
Type of Festival Dance, Music
Location of Festival Asheville, North Carolina USA
Festival Contact Information

Mountain Dance and Folk Festival
Folk Heritage Committee
P. O. Box 1010
Asheville NC 28802 USA
Phone: (01) 828-258-6101, Ext. 1789
Tickets: (01) 828-257-4530, or

Festival Description

The longest running folk festival in the United States — The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival has been running since 1926. The event provides a gathering place for people to share and understand the beauty and dignity of the Southern Appalachian music and dance traditions that have been handed down through generations in western North Carolina. The finest of the Appalachian ballad singers, string bands and square dance teams for education and entertainment keep these traditions alive. The songs and dances shared at this event echo centuries of Scottish, English, Irish, Cherokee and African heritage found in the valleys and coves between the Great Smokies and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival has grown to be one of the oldest gatherings of its kind in the nation. The festival provides a platform for the talented of the high country lying between the Great Smoky and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Festival Dates August 1 - 3, 2013
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Festival Events:

Lineup 2013:
  • 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


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Practical Info:

  • Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place in downtown Asheville

    How to get there:
  • By Car
    Asheville is accessible from the following highways: I-26, I-40 and I-240; and U.S. 19/23, 25, 25A, 70, and 74. Travelers who are heading eastbound on I-40 should follow I-81 Northbound to I-26 Eastbound in Johnson City, TN back to I-40 in the Asheville area. Travelers heading west on I-40 should follow I-26 Westbound to I-81 Southbound in Johnson City, TN to reconnect to I-40 in Knoxville.

  • By Plane
    The Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) is currently served by Continental Airlines, Delta Connection-ASA, Northwest Airlines and US Airways.


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