Friday, August 14, 2009

Smoky Mountain Folk Festival at Lake Junaluska

Appalachian music is the traditional music of the region of Appalachia in the Eastern United States. It is derived from various European and African influences, including English ballads, Irish and Scottish traditional music (especially fiddle music), religious hymns and African-American blues. First recorded in the 1920's, Appalachian musicians were a key influence on the early development of Old-time music, country music, and bluegrass, and were an important part of the American folk music revival of the 1960's. Instruments typically used to perform Appalachian music include banjo, fiddle, fretted dulcimer and guitar.

Early recorded Appalachian musicians include Fiddlin' John Carson, Henry Whitter, Bascom Lamar Lunsford, the Carter Family, Clarence Ashley and Dock Boggs, all of whom were initially recorded in the 1920's. Several Appalachian musicians obtained renown during the folk revival of the 1950's and 1960's, including Jean Ritchie, Roscoe Holcomb, Ola Belle Reed and Doc Watson. Country and bluegrass artists such as Loretta Lynn, Roy Acuff, Dolly Parton, Early Scruggs, Chet Atkins and Don Reno were heavily influenced by traditional Appalachian music. Artists such as Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia and Bruce Springsteen have performed Appalachian songs or rewritten versions of Appalachian songs.

Come join the celebration of traditional Southern Appalachian Music and Dance! We welcome you to this year's 38th Smoky Mountain Folk Festival September 4th & 5th at the Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska in Haywood County, North Carolina. The Smoky Mountain Folk Festival continues to be a favorite destination for Labor Day travelers in search of a good time. There's plenty of music, dance and fun for the entire family - not to mention free watermelon, all taking place in a picturesque setting.

Lake Junaluska is located just ten minutes from Brookside Mountain Mist Inn. We have two free tickets to the Smoky Mountain Folk Festival for the first couple to mention this blog when reserving a room for the Labor Day weekend. Call us, toll free, at 1-877-452-6880.

Carolyn Gendreau & Dina Giunta
Brookside Mountain Mist Inn

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