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Smoky Mountain Festival – Part II

Smoky Mountain Festival – Part II

Our Mountain Music Heritage Women cutting up mountains of watermelon, folding chairs all over the lawn, ducks waddling here and there begging for food, the air is charged with the anticipation of shared music and heritage. The Smokey Mountain Folk Festival is about to begin. For two days the fiddle tunes and gospel songs mix, mingle, and float over Lake Junaluska like they belong there. They do.   Story by Emilie Trantham Fleenor For Part I of this story please read here…. Church music was often unaccompanied as well.   Shape note music, a way of notating music using shapes to […]

Pickin’ in the Park – Traditional Mountain Music and Square Dancing in Canton NC

Pickin’ in the Park – Traditional Mountain Music and Square Dancing in Canton NC

Music is deeply embedded in Haywood County‚Äôs heritage.¬† I was introduced to traditional Appalachian music when I met the Trantham Family.¬† This family band includes three generations of prominent old-time musicians.¬† Although their son Adam is away serving this great country,¬† Doug, Emily and Sarah will perform at the Waynesville Street Dance, August 6th. An event that still celebrates traditional mountain music with bluegrass or old-time bands is ‘Pickin in the Park’ .¬† The event is held every Friday night from June until Labor Day at 7:00 p.m. and is FREE to the public.¬† Bring a lawn chair and enjoy […]