City of Murphy North Carolina – Cherokee County NC

A Dulcimer Celebration Concert

If you enjoy dulcimer music, you won’t want to miss the Dulcimer Celebration Concert at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Murphy, North Carolina on July 27, 2012 at 7 PM. The entertainers for the evening are Anne Lough, Neal Walters, and Heidi and John Cerrigione.

Anne Lough is an instructor at the school and is in high demand at dulcimer events nationwide.

Neal Walters has been performing for more than 30 years. In addition to his dulcimer playing, he also sings and plays many other instruments.

Heidi and John Cerrigione play multiple instruments and perform in shows across the country with the band Doofus with Neal & Coleen Walters and in Jerimoth Hill with Atwater-Donnelly.

This event can be seen in the Festival Barn at the school and it is free however, donations are always welcome. For more information, call 828-837-2775.

John C. Campbell Folk School
1 Folk School Rd.
Murphy, North Carolina

2nd Annual Art, Music, and Garden Festival

The 2nd Annual Art, Music, and Garden Festival will be held on June 2, 2012 from 9 AM to 4 PM on the River Walk Trail starting at the L&N Depot in Murphy, North Carolina. Many artists and crafters will be demonstrating their arts as well as selling their works of art. Gardeners will be on hand offering gardening tips and selling plants. There will be live music playing on two different stages as well as activities for the children. Below is a list of musical artists who will be performing throughout the day.

9:00- 9:45 – The Bear Notes
9:45- 10:30 – Dave Peters and Kevin Hitchcock
10:30- 11:15 – Andrews Jazz Band
11:15- 11:45 – Brasstown Morris Dancers
12:00- 12:45 – Playing on the Planet (fna) Steel String Session
12:45- 1:15 – Mountain Thyme Drummers
1:15- 1:45 – Brasstown Morris Dancers
2:00- 2:45 – Scott Stambaugh
2:45- 3:15 – Rob Tiger
3:15- 4:00 – The Harmed Brothers

This festival is being brought to you by the Cherokee County Arts Council and admission is FREE. Come on out for an enjoyable afternoon.

Concerts in February 2012

Banjo playerConcerts will be plentiful in the month of February at the John C. Campbell Folk School near Murphy, North Carolina. If you enjoy folk and bluegrass music, you may want to make room on your calendar to take in these concerts.

On February 3, 2012, you can listen to the close harmonies and upbeat dance tunes of Bob and Amy Buckingham. Bob began playing guitar and banjo on the 60’s and through the years has expanded is skills to the fiddle and mandolin. He has played with many old-time and bluegrass bands. Amy sings and plays guitar, banjo, and fiddle. Come on out and have a toe tappin’ time!

February 6, 2012 brings a special Monday night concert with Lee Knight. Lee comes from the Adirondack Mountains of New York where he became interested in folk music when he was in high school. Over the years he has studied folk music in the Adirondacks, the Southern Appalachians, Canada, Russia, Central Asia, Scotland, Columbia, and Peru. He will entertain you with his dulcimer, banjo, and guitar.

Norman Kennedy will bring some traditions of Scotland to the school on February 10, 2012. Norman was born in Scotland and learned songs, stories and crafts from his friends and family there. He soon became an excellent handweaver and came to the United States in the 60’s to co-found a shop and organization intended to support traditional crafts. Throughout the years he has used these skills as master weaver in Colonial Williamsburg and also started a school in weaving. He now travels around the country performing songs, telling stories, and instructing people in traditional weaving techniques.

On February 24, 2012, the Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble will perform. This ensemble was created in 1999 to give students who have a background in bluegrass music a chance to hone their skills by performing in a working band. Generally, each student that is picked will stay with the band until they graduate.

All shows will begin at 7 PM in the Community Room at Keith House. Keith House is located in the U-shaped driveway off Brasstown Road directly across from Harshaw Road. The Community Room is to the left of the foyer as you enter the front door.

Admission is free for all concerts but any donations will be appreciated. For more information, call 828-837-2775.

John C. Campbell Folk School
1 Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC

2011 Folk School Fall Festival

Folk ArtThe John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina is hosting the 2011 Folk School Fall Festival  on October 1 and 2, 2011 from 10 AM to 5 PM. It is sure to be a weekend of fun with musical entertainment, crafts, food, and kids’ activities.

Over 200 juried and non juried crafts people will be there with lots of handmade art for sale such as woodworks, pottery, jewelry, weaving, ironworks and so much more. Crafters will be giving demonstrations on many different techniques. Visit the Mountain Life Area to see exhibitions such as blacksmithing, cornmeal grinding, and fly tying.

Kids can enjoy wagon rides, face painting, pony rides as well as visiting the Humane Society pet adoption booth.

Bluegrass, Celtic, Folk, and Gospel music will be played on stage throughout the festival as well as dancers performing various dances.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 12 – 17, Free under 12. For more information on this event, call 800-FOLK-SCH (365-5724).

John C. Campbell Folk School
One Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC

Heritage Walk and Festival

Join in the fun at the 11th annual Heritage Walk and Festival in Murphy, North Carolina on September 3, 2011 from 10 AM to 4 PM. Learn about the wonderful history of Murphy by taking in the walking tours that will happen throughout the day. Participate in the silent auction, check out the model railroad exhibit, listen to some Bluegrass and Celtic music, enjoy some tasty food and many arts and crafts and so much more! Admission is free. What a day it is going to be!

The Heritage Walk Tours will depart from the Old L&N Depot on Railroad Street at the Hiwassee Street River Bridge. These tours are approximately 1 hour of walking through the historic sites.

10:30 AM – Pyramid and Fort Butler Site Tour. This tour ends back at the depot.
12 Noon – Harshaw Chapel and Cemetery Tour. This tour ends at the museum.
1:30 PM – Historic Town Center and Courthouse Tour. This tour also ends at the museum.
3 PM – Murphy River Walk and the Great Leech Place Tour. This tour ends at the depot.

The silent auction will begin at 10 AM at the old L&N Depot. Bids close at 2 PM and get your winnings by 4 PM. The proceeds will benefit the Heritage partners and help with the festival and other projects.

Many musical groups will be playing throughout the day for your pleasure. They will be located in two different areas. Mountain Song Stage I will be located at the depot. Mountain Song Stage II will be located at Cline’s Corner Station at Valley River Avenue and Hickory Street.

The bands playing at Mountain Song Stage I are:
10 AM – The Steve Jordan Band
11 AM – The Mountain Rascals
12 Noon and 3 PM – David A. Brose, Sukashi Rice, David Anderson, and Austin Brose
1 PM – Mountain Jam
2 PM – Steel String Session

The bands playing at Mountain Song Stage II are:
11 AM – Bear Notes
12 Noon – The Mountain Rascals
1 PM – Steel String Session
2 PM – Scott Stambaugh

Stop by the caboose next to the depot to see the model railroad exhibit. You can see other exhibitors inside the depot. “As Legend has it” ghost tours will be sponsored by the Paranormal Society of Murphy. Get a free hay ride and see some antique tractors at the Antique Tractor show. There will be so many things going on throughout the day, you’ll want to start out early and plan to spend the entire day taking in all the events!

John C. Campbell August Events

John C. Campbell Folk School near Murphy, North Carolina has dances, concerts, and other events throughout the year. August 2011 brings Les Gustafson-Zook and The Dismembered Tennesseans in concert. The next Contra dance scheduled brings Andrea Nettleton and Free Association to town.

Les Gustafson-Zook will be in concert on August 12, 2011. This auto harp champion plays a variety of traditional folk songs and hymns and along with the auto harp he plays banjo, jawharp, mountain dulcimer, and spoons.

The Dismembered Tennesseans will be in concert on August 19, 2011.  They are a bluegrass band who started out as teenagers having a good time and that good time has lasted more than 65 years. They have performed with many top bluegrass musicians as well as with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, Chattanooga Boys Choir, and the Chattanooga Ballet. They have performed all over the country in festivals, charity events and much more.

The concerts will be held in the Festival Barn. Shows start at 7 PM. The events are Free but donations are welcome.

The next Contra dance will be on August 20, 2011 from 8 PM to 11 PM at the Community Room in the Keith House and features Andrea Nettleton and Free Association. Andrea Nettleton is a new caller who has performed in Atlanta, Chattanooga and River Falls. Free Association is a band out of Atlanta. Beginners, singles and couples are all welcome. The easier dances start the evening so beginners should try to be there promptly at 8. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for ages 12 – 18, $3 for under 12.

For more information on these events, call 828-837-2775 or 800-365-5724.

The John C. Campbell Folk School is located at:
1 Folk School Rd.
Brasstown, NC

2011 4th of July Celebration

2011 4th of July Fireworks Make plans to visit Konehete Park in downtown Murphy, North Carolina on the 4th of July, 2011 for an old fashioned Independence Day celebration! The fun begins at 8 AM with kid’s games, crafts, music, and so much more. The day ends with a fantastic fireworks display at dark.

This event is brought to you by the town of Murphy, the Murphy Recreation Department, and the Business Women of Cherokee County. For more information, call 828-361-4936.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July.

Murphy Spring Festival

Visit downtown Murphy, North Carolina on June 4, 2011 for their Spring Festival. It will be a day filled with a lot of fun for the whole family. There will be crafts, food, a kids’ corner, music, an antique car show and more. The event starts at 9 AM and ends at 4 PM.

Call 828-837-6821 or 828-837-2242 for more information and details on this event.

Betty Smith in Concert

The John C. Campbell Folk School welcomes Betty Smith in concert on May 6, 2011 at 7:30 PM. You can see her at the Community Room at the Keith House in Brasstown, North Carolina.

Betty Smith is a wonderful musical talent in traditional folk music. She is a  teacher and a performer  with a large collection of Appalachian, Southern and British ballads, folk music and hymns. She has been sharing her skills for over 30 years and has won numerous awards. She sings and plays guitar, autoharp, mountain dulcimer and psaltery.

The concert is free but donations are always welcome. For more information, call 1-800-365-5724 or 828-837-2775.

The John C. Campbell Folk School is located at:
One Folk School Rd.
Brasstown, NC

The Community Room is located just to the left of the foyer as you enter the front door of Keith House. Keith House is located in the U-shaped driveway off Brasstown Road, directly across from Harshaw Road.

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