Blue Ridge Folklife Festival Music2019-10-17T18:20:57+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.

New for 2019!

The Gospel Stage will be located inside of Vaughn Chapel

Please see  a Ferrum College campus map or this year’s festival program for more details!

2019 Blue Ridge Folklife Festival Music Schedule

TimeChapel StageFarm StageString Band Stage
AnnouncersEmily Blankenship-Tucker &
Rex Stephenson
David Cannaday &
Gregg Kimball
Dale Morris &
Kevin Donleavy
10:00 - 10:30Fresh WindJim CostaThe Guard
10:30 - 11:00George ReynoldsNew Ballard's Branch Bog Trotters
11:00 - 11:30Larnell Starkey &
The Spiritual Seven
"Keep my Skillet Good and Greasy"
Workshop: Songs about Food -
Jim Costa, George Reynolds, & Trish Fore
Sponsored by:
Jerry Steinburg and the Dixie Bluegrass Boys
11:30 - 12:00Slate Mountain Ramblers
12:00 - 12:30Bishop M.L. Hardy and The Sons of ThunderJeffery ScottHighlander String Band
12:30 - 1:00New North Carolina RamblersJerry Steinburg and the Dixie Bluegrass Boys
1:00 - 1:30Joy BellsRound Peak BoysSlate Mountain Ramblers
1:30 - 2:00North Carolina Ballad Traditions : Bobby McMillon, Denise Norton O'Sullivan, & Sara BucknerThe Guard
2:00 - 2:30Disciples in SongHighlander String Band
2:30 - 3:00New North Carolina RamblersLarry Sigmon & Martha Spencer
3:00 - 3:30Mt. Olivet Apostolic Church Mass ChoirRound Peak Boys
3:30 - 4:00Jeffery ScottNew Ballard's Branch Bog Trotters
4:00 - 4:30Twin Creeks StringbandGap Civil
4:30 - 5:00


“Keep my Skillet Good and Greasy”

Songs about Food

Featuring : Jim Costa, George Reynolds, & Trish Fore

Sponsored by :

Bands & Musicians 

Gospel Stage

  • Fresh Wind Gospel Choir—Amazing African-American choir from Ferrum College
  • Larnell Starkey & the Spiritual Seven—Joyous Praise-the-Lord African-American Gospel
  • Bishop M.L. Hardy & The Sons of Thunder — Powerhouse of Spirituals
  • Joy Bells  — Female A Capella Harmonies
  • Disciples in Song—African American Praise Gospel Electrified
  • Mt. Olivet Apostolic Church Mass Choir—Joyful Black Ensemble Singing

Farm Stage

  • Jim Costa — Old Time Songs, Tales, & Outright Lies
  • George Reynolds — Old Time Songs & Tunes
  • Jeffrey Scott—Crisp Blues Picking and Singing in Virginia’s Piedmont style
  • New North Carolina Ramblers—Tunes and Songs in the Style of 1920s Greats Charlie Poole and Posey Rorrer
  • Round Peak Boys — Old Time Tunes with the Round Peak Sound
  • Bobby McMillon—Family Ballads From the Carolina Blue Ridge
  • Dennis Norton O’Sullivan—Mountain Ballad Traditions
  • Sara Buckner — Mountain Ballad Traditions
  • Twin Creeks Stringband–Foot Driving Old-Time Dance Band

String Band Stage

  • The Guard — Traditional Bluegrass Tunes
  • New Ballard’s Branch Bog Trotters — Fine Old Time Sound from Galax
  • Slate Mountain Ramblers — Good Old Time Patrick County Band
  • Jerry Steinburg and the Dixie Bluegrass Boys – Hot Driving Bluegrass
  • Highlander String Band — The Galax Dance Band Sound
  • Larry Sigmon & Martha Spencer—An Unforgettable Mountain Dance Music Sound From a High-Energy Duo
  • Gap Civil — Old Time Dance Band from the VA/NC Mountains