Blue Ridge Folklife Festival Music

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Blue Ridge Folklife Festival Music2018-10-15T19:34:51+00:00


Three music stages pack 21 hours of music into the BRFF day.  From gospel to blues, with a world of string band and old-style bluegrass picking in between, the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival highlights “real roots” musicians who have been playing the music of the Southern Highlands most if not all of their lives.

See the Event Schedule page for performance times and locations.

Workshops & Showcases

  • “Songs I Learned at Home: Family Ballad Traditions”—Featuring Bobby McMillon and Denise Norton O’Sullivan.
  • “African-American Gospel in the Blue Ridge”—a stage devoted to the spiritual music of the African-American community in the Blue Ridge region. Featuring Larnell Starkey & the Spiritual Seven, Disciples in Song, the Family Five, Mt. Olivet Apostolic Church Choir, the Faithful Travelers, and Fresh Wind Gospel Choir.  (Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.)

Bands & Musicians

  • Gerald Anderson Band—Sweet Old-Time Songs and Tunes From Southwest Virginia
  • Barr Family—Galax Sound in Old-Time and Bluegrass
  • Disciples in Song—African American Praise Gospel Electrified
  • Faithful Travelers—High Energy Gospel
  • Family Five—Rich Gospel
  • Trish Fore and the Dixie Wildcats—Wild Banjo Pickin’ Librarian and Her Band of Dedicated Book Readers
  • Fresh Wind Gospel Choir—Amazing African-American choir from Ferrum College
  • Wayne Henderson & Friends—Hot Picking and Fine Old-Time Songs
  • Bobby McMillon—Family Ballads From the Carolina Blue Ridge
  • Darren & Bailey Moore—Songs and Tunes From the Carter Family Tradition
  • Mt. Olivet Apostolic Church Choir—Joyful Black Ensemble Singing
  • Dennis Norton O’Sullivan—Mountain Ballad Traditions
  • Jeffrey Scott—Crisp Blues Picking and Singing in Virginia’s Piedmont style
  • Jerry Steinberg and His Dixie Bluegrass Boys—Very Traditional Bluegrass Tunes
  • Larry Sigmon & Martha Spencer—An Unforgettable Mountain Dance Music Sound From a High-Energy Duo
  • Larnell Starkey & the Spiritual Seven—Joyous Praise-the-Lord African-American Gospel
  • New North Carolina Ramblers—Tunes and Songs in the Style of 1920s Greats Charlie Poole and Posey Rorrer
  • Orchard Grass—Old-Time Dance Band
  • Twin Creeks String Band–Foot Driving Old-Time Dance Band
  • Wolfe Brothers–Grayson County and Carroll County String Band Institution