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David Holt Honored With Bascom Lamar Lunsford Award

Grammy-winning entertainer David Holt is the recipient of this year’s Bascom Lamar Lunsford Award. The award has been given yearly since 1980 to “an individual who has made significant contributions... [READ MORE]


Lunsford Festival Canceled

Organizers of the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Mountain Music Festival say they have canceled this year’s event because of health concerns. The decision comes as COVID-19 numbers remain high and the... [READ MORE]


Statewide Exhibit of Women’s Suffrage Centennial Kicks Off at Mars Hill University

The Liston B. Ramsey Center for Appalachian Studies at Mars Hill University will host an exhibit of documents pertaining to women’s suffrage from the State Archives. The exhibit, on November... [READ MORE]


Lunsford Festival Gears Up for 52nd Year at Mars Hill University

The 52nd edition of Western North Carolina’s second-oldest folk music festival returns to the Mars Hill University campus the first weekend of October. The Bascom Lamar Lunsford “Minstrel of Appalachia”... [READ MORE]


Hunter to Receive Lunsford Award

A highlight of the annual Bascom Lamar Lunsford “Minstrel of Appalachia” Festival is the presentation of its namesake award. This year’s recipient of the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Award is Brian... [READ MORE]


Lunsford Festival Returns for 51st Year at MHU

Western North Carolina’s second-oldest folk music festival returns to the Mars Hill University campus for its 51st year. The Bascom Lamar Lunsford “Minstrel of Appalachia” Festival takes place Saturday, October... [READ MORE]


Zoe & Cloyd Headline Winter’s Tune Concert (with guests Lillian Chase and Rhiannon Ramsey)

The Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, which also presents the annual Bascom Lamar Lunsford “Minstrel of Appalachia” Festival (one of the oldest folk music festivals in the country),... [READ MORE]