Smoky Mountain Folk Festival returns to Lake Junaluska

Aug 27, 2014
The Cockman Family will perform once again at this year's folk festival.

Mountain music, dancing and tradition will be on display once again on the shores of Lake Junaluska as the Smoky Mountain Folk Festival, now in its 44th year, celebrates the culture and heritage of Western North Carolina.

As in years past, spectators will be treated to performances by over 200 mountain dancers and musicians at the 2,000-seat, historic Stuart Auditorium on the grounds of Lake Junaluska. Each night will feature open tent shows on the lawn beginning at 5 p.m. with main stage performances at 6:30 p.m. The entertainment will continue well into the night with the last performance ending sometime around 11 p.m.

The festival is one of the longest running and most authentic folk festivals in the South and offers spectators the chance to experience a wide variety of the region’s finest traditional performers. Score of the region’s finest fiddlers, banjo players, strong bands, ballad singers, buck dancers and square dancers will be in attendance. Visitors will also be treated to the unique regional sounds of the dulcimer, harmonica, Native American flute, bagpipes and spoons, even a bowed carpenter’s saw.

While the festival is sure to entertain thousands, it also serves as a venue to preserve the mountains’ legacy of traditional music and inspire a new generation of artists as they swap tunes and licks, songs and stories under the open tents on the lakeshore.

“Our Appalachian heritage with its music, stories, song and dance is something we can be proud of and must share with others to keep it alive. It is a heritage that enriches all who experience it,” said Festival Director Joe Sam Queen.

Now a tradition with over 40 years of history, the festival has established itself as a family and community gathering with performers returning each year to see old friends and make new ones. Families return each year with new generations to enjoy what is one of the richest cultural events of the year.

Main show tickets cost $12 at the door, $10 in advance, with children 12 and younger admitted for free. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Haywood County Arts Council at 86 N. Main St., Waynesville or at the Bethea Welcome Center at Lake Junaluska.

For more information, call 452-1688 or visit www.smokymountainfolkfestival.com. And of course, in keeping with tradition, there is always a complimentary slice of cool watermelon available to all who attend.

 

List of performers

 

Friday, Aug. 29

Brookee and George Bunker

Folk Heritage Smooth Dancers

Stoney Creek Boys

Dixie Darlin’s

Bailey Mountain Cloggers

Phil and Gaye Johnson

Fines Creek Flatfooters

Cockman Family

Mack Snoderly and Flave Hart

Lorraine Conard and Emma Best

Spirit Fiddle

Carol Rifkin, Jeanette Queen and Sheila Kay Adams

Green Valley Cloggers

Lee Knight

Betty Smith

 

 

Saturday, Aug. 30

Fines Creek Flatfooters

Cockman Family

Mack Snoderly and Flave Hart

The NickPickers

The Southern Appalachian Cloggers

Rob and Anne Lough

Helena Hunt and Tracy Best

Stoney Creek Cloggers

Appalachian Mountaineers

Southern Mountain Fire

Whitewater Bluegrass Band

Donna Ray Norton and Melanie Rice

Honey Holler

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