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Folk Heritage Committee

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Folk Heritage Committee
P.O. Box 1010
Asheville, NC 28802

(828) 258-6101 Phone

www.folkheritage.org

Photography courtesy of:
Anthony C. "Tony" Martin
Professional Photography, Martin Image Studio


Shindig on the Green, a free event at Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Martin Luther King Drive in downtown Asheville with a stage show and informal jam sessions, takes place on Saturday evenings: July 4, 11, 18; August 8, 15, 22, 29 and September 5th. Locals and visitors alike gather “along about sundown” – or at 7:00pm – for those who wear a watch.

The 82nd Annual Mountain Dance and Folk and Festival, a ticketed event at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place in the center of downtown Asheville, takes place at 7:00p.m. nightly, Thursday through Saturday, July 30 through August 1, 2009. The sister event to Shindig on the Green, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival was founded by Bascom Lamar Lunsford in 1928.

The Folk Heritage Committee produces Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival to support the preservation and continuation of the traditional music, dance and storytelling heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

Close to 5,000 people attend Shindig on the Green evening for free throughout the summer, bringing instruments, families, friends, lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the formal stage performances and informal jam sessions around the park. In addition to throngs of locals, visitors routinely travel from out of state, across the country, and even around the world to make their way to downtown Asheville for Shindig on the Green.

Shindig on the Green has been voted “#1 Local Outdoor Concert” three years in a row – 2006 through 2008 by readers of Asheville’s Mountain Xpress in its annual “Best of WNC” edition.

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The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, the country’s longest running folk 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, July 30 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 of the 2009 Festival. And each night of the Festival features both well-known musicians and new talent alike, often spanning several generations on stage at once, with each participant representative of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and its continuing traditions.

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