The lineup below is for 2016.  The 2017 lineup will be announced in the summer.

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.  Here’s the 2016 lineup:


  • “The Legendary Gospel Singing Master L. V. Jones:  His Songs and Influence”Featuring Jerry Moose and Gregg Kimball (Chapel Stage: 12:30)
  • “Traditional Guitar Styles of the Virginia Piedmont and Blue Ridge”—Featuring Scott Fore, Wayne Henderson, Darren Moore, Doug Rorrer, Jeffrey Scott, and Taylor Rorrer (Farm Stage: 10:30)
  • “Keeping It in the Family: Family Musical Traditions”—Featuring the Sheets Family Band and the Slate Mountain Ramblers (Farm Stage: 2:30)

Bands & Musicians

  • Rev. Robert Akers & the Full Gospel Holiness Band—The Holy Spirit Rockin’ to a Vintage R&R Beat (Chapel Stage: 12:00 and 3:00)
  • Gerald Anderson Band—Sweet Old-Time Songs and Tunes From Southwest Virginia (11:30 and 2:00)
  • Cabin Creek Boys—Fine Old-Time String Band Music From the Wilds of Carroll County (Bowl Stage: 4:00)
  • Dry Hill Draggers (Performance and Dance)—Franklin County’s Favorite Old-Time Dance Band (Farm Stage: 4:00)
  • Scott Fore—A National Flatpicking Guitar Champion and Multi-Stylist (Farm Stage: 10:30 and 3:30)
  • Friday Night Old-Time Band—Toe-Tapping String Band Dance Tunes (Bowl Stage: 10:00 and 12:00)
  • Wayne Henderson—Old-Time Guitar Fingerpicking (Farm Stage: 10:30)
  • Wayne Henderson & Friends—Hot Picking and Fine Old-Time Songs (Bowl Stage: 1:00 and 3:00)
  • McMillan Ministries Workshop Choir—Voices in Praise From Deep in the Virginia Blue Ridge  (Chapel Stage: 1:30 and 4:00)
  • Darren Moore—Guitar Picking in the Maybelle Carter Style (Farm Stage: 10:30)
  • Darren & Bailey Moore—Songs and Tunes From the Carter Family Tradition (Bowl Stage: 4:30)
  • Moose Family—Gospel Harmonies To Move Your Feet and Chill Your Spine (Chapel Stage: 2:00)
  • Robertson Family—The Gospel in a Country Bluegrass Sauce (Chapel Stage: 1:00 and 3:30)
  • Rorrer Brothers & Son—Tunes and Songs in the Style of 1920s Greats Charlie Poole and Posey Rorrer (Bowl Stage: 12:30 and 3:00)
  • Doug Rorrer and Taylor Rorrer—Old-Time Guitar Styles (Farm Stage: 10:30)
  • Jeffrey Scott—Crisp Blues Picking and Singing in Virginia’s Piedmont style (Farm Stage: 10:30, 12:00 and 2:00)
  • Sheets Family Band—An Old-Time Family String Band (Farm Stage: 12:30 and 2:30)
  • Larry Sigmon & Martha Spencer—An Unforgettable Mountain Dance Music Sound From a High-Energy Duo (Farm Stage: 1:00)
  • Slate Mountain Ramblers—An Old-Time Family String Band  (Farm Stage: 10:00 and 2:30)
  • Larnell Starkey & the Spiritual Seven—Joyous Praise-the-Lord African-American Gospel (Chapel Stage: 11:00)
  • Trinity Chorus—Inspirational Southern Virginia African-American Gospel (Chapel Stage: 10:30 and 2:30)
  • True Life Travelers–Rich Bluegrass Gospel (10:00 and 4:30)
  • Wildfire Band—Bluegrass From Moonshine Country (Bowl Stage: 10:30 and 2:30)
  • Wolfe Brothers—A Grayson-Carroll String Band Institution (Bowl Stage: 10:30 and 1:30)

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