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Bascom Lamar Lunsford “Minstrel of Appalachia” Festival

October 05 @ 10:00 am - 7:30 pm

An all-day festival celebrating regional music and dance traditions. The event is the second oldest folk festival in Western North Carolina and was named in honor of co-founder Bascom Lamar Lunsford, a musician and folklorist who dedicated his life to collecting and promoting the music of the Southern Appalachians. Through his work he became known as the “Minstrel of the Appalachians.” The festival, which is now in its 52nd year, brings out the region’s finest musicians and dancers. Numerous performances, open jams, workshops, a ballad swap, and a community dance will occur throughout the day and early evening. Join us in honoring the rich cultural traditions of the Southern Appalachians!

10:00-5:00: Concert on the Upper Quad
11.00: Presentation of the Lunsford Award
12.00-1.00: Fiddle, Banjo, Guitar, Dulcimer, Shaped-Note Workshops (pre-registration required)
1.15-2.00: Open Jam
1:30-3:30: Ballad Swap, Location TBA
5:30-7:30: Community Dance, Chambers Gym

Stay tuned for more details! Admission to everything except for the workshops is free AND the festival takes place at the same time as the downtown Mars Hill Heritage Festival, making for lots of fun!  For parking and shuttle information, please visit: https://www.mhu.edu/lunsfordfestival AND https://madisonheritage.com/

The Ramsey Center is a proud site on the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina.


October 05
10:00 am - 7:30 pm
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Ramsey Center
(828) 689-1115


Upper Quad / Lunsford Commons
College St
Mars Hill, NC 28754 United States
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