The Lunsford Festival is an all-day festival celebrating regional music and dance traditions held annually on the campus of Mars Hill College. Mars Hill is just 20 minutes north of Asheville. The event is the second oldest folk festival in Western North Carolina and was named in honor of cofounder Bascom Lamar Lunsford. Lunsford was a musician and folklorist who dedicated his life to collecting and promoting the music of the Southern Appalachians. Through his work he became known as the “Minstrel of the Appalachians.” The festival, which is now in its 45th year, brings out the region’s finest musicians and dancers. Numerous music and dance performances, jam circles, and a ballad and story swap will occur throughout the day. The traditional evening concert will take place inside Moore Auditorium and will feature performances by ballad singers, dancers, and string bands.
Daytime performers include:
Cole Mountain Cloggers, Lonesome Mountain Ears, The Butterpats, The Cockman Brothers, George and Brooke Buckner, Kathryn Parham Brickey and Friends, Peg Twisters, Fox and Winegar, Whitewater Bluegrass Company, Rhiannon Ramsey, Clarissa Roberts, and Friends. The daytime stage is located on the Upper Quad of Mars Hill College Campus. Daytime music is free to the public and runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Evening performers include:
Midnight Plowboys, Betty Smith, The Buddy Davis Family, Phil and Gaye Johnson, Green Valley Cloggers,
Stoney Creek Boys, Joe Penland, Roger Howel, The Trantham Family, Appalachian Harmony,
Richard Hurley. The evening stage is located in Moore Auditorium on the Mars Hill College Campus.
Doors open at 6:30, Music Starts at 7:00 p.m.
For more info contact Hannah Furgiuele, Lunsford Festival Director.
Telephone: (828) 689-1571