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.

Workshops & Showcases

  • “A Buffet of Banjo Styles”—Featuring Kinney Rorrer, Adam Hurt, Kevin Fore, Stuart Werner, and Doug Moore.  (Supported by the Virginia Tourism Corporation.)
  • “The Music of the Legendary Carter Family Lives On”Featuring Dale Jett & Hello Stranger and Bill Clifton.
  • “Songs I Learned at Home: Family Ballad Traditions”—Featuring Eddie Bond and Bobby McMillon.
  • “African American Gospel in the Blue Ridge”—Featuring Larnell Starkey & the Spiritual Seven, Disciples in Song, Joy Bells, and Mt. Olivet Apostolic Church Choir.  (Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.)

Bands & Musicians

  • Gerald Anderson Band—Sweet Old-Time Songs and Tunes From Southwest Virginia
  • Eddie Bond—Ballad Traditions From Western Virginia Roots
  • Bill Clifton—Songs From Deep in the Carter Family Tradition
  • Disciples in Song—African American Praise Gospel Electrified
  • Five Mile Mountain Road—Hold-on-to-Your Hats Old-Time Music
  • Kevin Fore—Exploring the Kyle Creed, Low Gap Banjo Style
  • Wayne Henderson & Friends—Hot Picking and Fine Old-Time Songs
  • Adam Hurt—Banjo Mastery in the Clawhammer Style
  • Dale Jett & Hello Stranger—Holding to That Carter Family Sound
  • Joy Bells—Sweet African American Female A Cappella Harmonies
  • Jim Lloyd—Old Tunes on the Banjo and Guitar
  • Bobby McMillon—Family Ballads From the Carolina Blue Ridge
  • Darren & Bailey Moore—Songs and Tunes From the Carter Family Tradition
  • Moose Family—Gospel Harmonies To Move Your Feet and Chill Your Spine
  • Mt. Olivet Apostolic Church Choir—Joyful Black Ensemble Singing
  • New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters—Old-time Songs and Dance Numbers
  • Doug Rorrer and Taylor Rorrer—The Next Generation of Rorrer Family Musicians
  • Kinney Rorrer—Exploring the Banjo Mastery of Charlie Poole
  • Rorrer Brothers & Son—Tunes and Songs in the Style of 1920s Greats Charlie Poole and Posey Rorrer
  • Jeffrey Scott—Crisp Blues Picking and Singing in Virginia’s Piedmont style
  • Larry Sigmon & Martha Spencer—An Unforgettable Mountain Dance Music Sound From a High-Energy Duo
  • New Smokey Valley Boys—Hard-Driving Old-Time Music From the Carolina Blue Ridge
  • Larnell Starkey & the Spiritual Seven—Joyous Praise-the-Lord African-American Gospel
  • True Life Travelers–Rich Bluegrass Gospel
  • Stuart Werner—Exploring Three-Finger, Scruggs-Style Banjo Picking
  • Jeanette & Johnny Williams—The Bluegrass Sound in Many Flavors

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