33rd annual Music in the Mountains Folk Festival is Sept. 22
The annual Music in the Mountains Folk Festival is coming to the Burnsville Town Center from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22.
The annual festival, sponsored by Toe River Arts and now in its 33rd year, includes storytellers, ballad singers, dancers, bluegrass and traditional music on instruments ranging from bass to dulcimer to guitar.
This year Toe River Arts honors Betty Smith. Smith was born in Rowan County, grew up in Guilford, and now resides in Madison County and is recognized as one of its best-known musicians. She learned her skill on the fiddle, guitar, autoharp, psaltery (similar to the dulcimer) and mountain dulcimer by practicing and playing by ear since she was in grade school. Also a highly respected ballad singer, she has performed widely at festivals and more recently has taken on the role as an award-winning author and performer.
This year's lineup is a definite winner. Master of ceremony and station manager at WECR in Avery County, Phillip Greene, will do introductions. Also performing are well-known Marina and Doug Trivette, who will join with ballad singer and storyteller Bobby McMillon; bass player and member of the band Amantha Mill, Judge Rebecca Eggers-Gryder; and banjo and storyteller, Brett Riggs with his musical partner and guitarist, Pan. And not missing an opportunity to kick up the heels or toes on the wood stage, Madison and McKenzie Casteel and Collin and Mollie Eten will accompany in dance throughout the night.
The evening begins with the mountain sounds of the Toe River Arts Traditional Arts Program for Students instructors, or TAPS, with Sam Maren and a couple of its "star" students.
Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for students and seniors 65 and over. Buy your tickets through Friday, Sept. 21, and save $2. Tickets will be available at either Toe River Arts Gallery in Burnsville, 102 W. Main St., or Spruce Pine at 269 Oak Ave., by the end of August. Children 5 and under are admitted free.
Call the Toe River Arts offices at 828-682-7215 or visit www.toeriverarts.org for more information.