Blue Ridge Folklife Festival Music2022-10-21T15:41:40+00:00

Music

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.

Bands & Musicians

Farm Stage

(Across Route 40 at the Blue Ridge Farm Museum)

Announcers: Emily Blankenship-Tucker, Gregg Kimball

  • Colby Helms & The Virginia Creepers – Unique Blend of Country & Original Tunes (Farm Stage: 10:00)
  • Jeffrey Scott – Piedmont-Style Blues Picker & Singer (Farm Stage: 10:30)
  • Orville Hicks – Legendary North Carolina Storyteller (Farm Stage: 11:00)
  • The Blue Ridge Girls – Dynamic Trio with a twist on Traditional Music (Farm Stage: 11:30)
  • New North Carolina Ramblers – Charlie Poole-Style Songs & Tunes (Farm Stage: 12:00)
  • Colby Helms & The Virginia Creepers – Unique Blend of Country & Original Tunes (Farm Stage: 12:30)
  • The Carter Family Style – Darren Moore with Wayne and Margaret Martin (Farm Stage: 1:00)
  • Jeffrey Scott – Piedmont-Style Blues Picker & Singer (Farm Stage: 1:30)
  • Orville Hicks – Legendary North Carolina Storyteller (Farm Stage: 2:00)
  • The Carter Family Style – Darren Moore with Wayne and Margaret Martin (Farm Stage: 2:30)
  • The Blue Ridge Girls – Dynamic Trio with a twist on Traditional Music (Farm Stage: 3:00)
  • New North Carolina Ramblers—Charlie Poole-Style Songs & Tunes (Farm Stage: 3:30)
  • Twin Creeks Stringband—Old-Time Dance Band (Farm Stage: 4:00-5:00)

String Band Stage

(Above Adams Lake)

Announcers: Dale Morris, Kevin Donleavy

  • The Guard – Traditional Bluegrass Tunes (String Band Stage: 10:00)
  • Wolfe Brothers – A Stingband Institution (String Band Stage: 10:30)
  • Wayne Henderson & Friends – Old-Time Songs & Hot Pickin’ (String Band Stage: 11:00)
  • Cabin Creek Boys – Old-Time Hillbilly Music (String Band Stage: 11:30)
  • Trish Fore & The Wildcats – Wild, Banjo-Pickin’ Librarian & Her Band of Book Readers (String Band Stage: 12:00)
  • The Guard – Traditional Bluegrass Tunes (String Band Stage: 12:30)
  • Trish Fore & The Wildcats – Wild, Banjo-Pickin’ Librarian & Her Band of Book Readers (String Band Stage: 1:00)
  • Cabin Creek Boys – Old-Time Hillbilly Music (String Band Stage: 1:30)
  • Wayne Henderson & Friends – Old-Time Songs & Hot Pickin’ (String Band Stage: 2:00)
  • Larry Sigmon & Martha Spencer – An Unforgettable Mountain Dance Music Sound From a High Energy Duo (String Band Stage: 2:30-3:30)
  • Wolfe Brothers – A Stingband Institution (String Band Stage: 3:30)
  • Gap Civil – Old-Time Dance Band from the VA/NC Blue Ridge Mountains (String Band Stage: 4:00-5:00)

Chapel Stage

(Inside of Vaughn Chapel)

Announcer: John Mitchel, David Cannaday

  • Tom Cook & Company – Uplifting Spirituals (Chapel Stage: 10:00-11:00)
  • Vicky Wilson and Divine Host – Inspirational, Soulful Tunes (Chapel Stage: 11:00-12:00)
  • Larnell Starkey & The Spiritual Seven – Full Throttle Gospel (Chapel Stage: 12:00-1:00)
  • Perkins and Envision – Powerful NC Quartet (Chapel Stage: 1:00-2:00)
  • EnVue – Energetic Trio of Spirituals (Chapel Stage: 2:00-3:00)
  • Bishop ML Hardy & The Family – Powerhouse of Gospel (Chapel Stage: 3:00-4:00)

Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) Stage

Announcer: Jim Lloyd

  • JAM Band (JAM Stage: 10:00-10:30)
  • Newfound Gap (JAM Stage: 10:45-11:30)
  • Asa Nelson (JAM Stage: 11:45-12:30)
  • Fiddlin Red and the Bluegrass Harvesters (JAM Stage: 12:45-1:30)
  • Hazy Mountain String Band (JAM Stage: 1:45-2:30)
  • Special Guests (JAM Stage: 2:30-2:45)
  • Trakas, Moore & Jenkins (JAM Stage: 3:00-4:00)