1pm: Terry McKinney: He grew up in Mitchell and McDowell counties surrounded by traditional mountain music, and he has been singing and playing gospel, mountain, bluegrass, or classic country music most of his life. To Terry music is his first love and the audiences love him.
3pm: Bearwallow: Morganton, NC, based Bearwallow performs a unique blend of progressive bluegrass, old-timey folk, and classic country. They constantly look to reach new heights and audiences as they continue on their musical adventure.
1pm: Smokey Joe: During Smokey Joe’s 35-year career, he has played as the house band for a live radio show, was nominated for string band of the year while playing with the Wisteria String Band and won the Charlotte Music Awards “Country Show Case” with The Smokey Joe Show in 2008.
3pm: Amantha Mill: A community-oriented folk/bluegrass act with one foot rooted firmly in our heritage and the other planted in exploring new acoustic sounds.
4th Annual TRACTOR Farm to Fork Dinner in Burnsville, North Carolina. On Sunday, August 25th from 5-9pm. This year’s featured chef is Taylor Montgomery from Mountain Air Country Club. Spirits & Hors D’Oeuvres on South Main Street from 5-6pm, dining in the Town Center from 6-9 pm. Live entertainment by The 42nd Street Jazz Band.
1pm: Sam McKinney: A talented young local singer and guitarist from Spruce Pine, whose repertoire includes a dynamic mix of traditional and contemporary music. His captivating voice and guitar styles immediately engage the audience and leave them wanting more.
3pm: Roan Mountain Moonshiners: T.V. Barnett and his band play nothing but east Tennessee style oldtime mountain music, they way it’s been played in these parts for hundreds of years.
Register soon for the Friday night Banquet and the Saturday night Keynote. Spaces fill quickly.
The 14th Annual Carolina Mountains Literary Festival is on September 5-7, 2019 in Burnsville, NC. All day on Friday and Saturday authors give free readings and discussions reflecting this year’s theme- On The Move-stories of migration, immigration and travel. There are also evening events.
The Festival begins on Thursday night at 7:00 with a performance by Red Herring Puppets. “My Grandfather’s Prayers” is a multi-media theatrical performance based on the life of Cantor Izso Glickstein (1889-1947), a fourth-generation cantor, child prodigy, and operatic tenor. Izso toured Europe with the Hungarian Opera, was Uber- Cantor at Europe’s largest synagogue, recorded for Victor and RCA records, and mentored the young Leonard Bernstein. His story is one of survival despite the adversity of the Russian pogroms, Hungary’s White Terror, and two World Wars. He settled in Boston
where his powerful voice expressed the passion and determination of a people holding on to faith and tradition. His story is enacted by his granddaughter, professional puppeteer Lisa Sturz, using scrolling scenery, shadow puppets, marionettes, digital compositing, poetic text, and visual metaphor, while exploring her own ancestry, artistry, and spirituality. This performance is recommended for adults and mature teens. You can watch a preview of this live performance on the Festival website.
Friday night features a locally sourced, catered banquet and a talk by Andrew Lawler, author of The Secret Token- Myth, Obsession and Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke. In 1587, men, women, and children crossed the Atlantic, landing on Roanoke Island along what is now the North Carolina Coast. By the time a resupply mission arrived three years later, they had utterly vanished. But it was not until the nineteenth century that the story of the settlers grew into unsolved mystery and widely popular myths. Come hear how this strange tale is relevant to today’s struggle to define what it means to be American. Registration is required $35 BYOB.
The Festival will end on Saturday night with Charles Frazier in Conversation with author, Elaine Neil Orr. They will discuss how the themes of this year’s festival, travel, migration and immigration apply to Frazier’s novels. Inman’s long and difficult journey home In Cold Mountain, the forced removal of the Cherokee in Thirteen Moons and Varina Davis’ flight during Reconstruction in Varina will be the focus. Registration is required $25.
An attendee said, “ I put ‘Registration begins July 1’ on my calendar now. One year I kept putting it off and everything was sold out.” So, register now.
Go to our website cmlitfest.org to see the full schedule, read author bios and register for required events.