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Asheville's Mountain Dance & Folk Festival sets lineup



7/11/2012 - Asheville's Mountain Dance & Folk Festival sets lineup
by Asheville Citizen Times

 ASHEVILLE -- The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, the country's longest running folk festival, has announced the performance lineup for this summer's festival.

 The festival, now in its 85th year of highlighting mountain culture, runs for three evenings, Aug. 2-4 at the Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place downtown. Shows are at 7 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now: $20, or $10 for ages 12 and younger, $54 for a three-night package, available at the Wortham box office, 257-4530, or online at

The festival showcases a repertoire of mountain performers that includes old-timers as well as the newest generation of bluegrass and mountain string bands, ballad singers, big circle mountain dancers and cloggers.

All share music and dance that echo centuries of Scottish, English, Irish, Cherokee and African heritage. The festival begins Aug. 2 with Hometown Appreciation Night, inviting local families and individuals to attend to help kick off the annual event.

Each evening features at least four dance teams, from the very young to the young at heart. Long-standing house band the Stoney Creek Boys performs each evening.

Scheduled are:

o Aug. 2: Carol Rifkin and Jerry Sutton, masters of ceremonies; Ed Herron; Grey Eagle (Stoney Creek Boys); George and Brooke Buckner; The Ross Brothers; Zack and Maggie Allen; Dance Team: J Creek Cloggers; Bryan McDowell; Peg Twisters; Don Pedi; Dance Team: Dixie Darlins; Roger Howell & Friends; Paul's Creek Band; Crooked Pine Band; Dance Team: Southern Mountain Fire Smooth Dancers; Whitewater Bluegrass Company.

o Aug. 3: Laura Boosinger and Kevin Hamlin, masters of ceremonies; Ed Herron; Grey Eagle (Stoney Creek Boys); Dance Team: Cole Mountain Cloggers; The Waymasters; Sam Adams; Dance Team: Southern Appalachian Cloggers; Paul Crouch; Bobby and Blue Ridge Tradition; Dance Team: Southern Mountain Smoke Cloggers; Clearwater Connection; The New Broad River Band; Laura Boosinger; Dance Team: Green Valley Cloggers; David Holt, in a tribute to Doc Watson.

o Aug. 4: Richard Hurley and Glenn Bannerman, masters of ceremonies; Ed Herron; Grey Eagle (Stoney Creek Boys); Dance Team: Mountain Tradition Cloggers; Betty Smith; The Cockman Family; The Hollifields; Dance Team: Appalachian Mountaineers; Bryce Parham & Kathryn Brickey; Appalachian Heroes; Dance Team: Bannerman Family; Dance Team: Stoney Creek Cloggers; Richard Hurley; Trantham Family; Dance Team: Southern Mountain Fire Cloggers; Bearwallow.

The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival is presented by Asheville's Folk Heritage Committee, which also produces Shindig on the Green, the free gathering held each Saturday in July and August in Pack Square Park (except Aug. 4). The final Shindig of 2012 is Sept. 1.

The committee's mission is to support the preservation and continuation of the traditional music, dance and storytelling heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

To learn more, visit or call 258-6101, ext. 345.

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