folk music

SouthWind String Band

SouthWind is Suzie and Gary Solomon from Bakersville, NC. Suzie has been playing music most of her life; Gary joined her when they were married 18 years ago. Together they play stringed folk instruments—guitar, banjo, fiddle, lap dulcimer, autoharp, mandolin, bass, piano—and occasionally accordion and harmonica. They have a wide repertoire and can play for

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Ferguson & Northup

Ferguson and Northup is an acoustic duo from Western North Carolina. With rich harmonies and strong instrumentals, they provide a program of folk, traditional, and original tunes. They started playing together about five years ago and formed the duo in the spring of 2023. Andy is an accomplished vocalist, as well as guitar and mandolin

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William Ritter

William plays banjo, fiddle, guitar, and other “string-ed things.” He is particularly interested in old mountain folkways, foodways, humor—eager to swap lies, half-truths, tales, and seeds. William serves as music director for the Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention. William is the founder and owner of Song-to-Seed, which offers programs featuring Appalachian Heirloom Seeds, heirloom songs, and

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Pigeon River Messengers

The Pigeon River Messengers out of the Blue Ridge Mountains of WNC, play an eclectic blend of traditional folk, bluegrass, and Americana music. Their musical journey began when Lori and Zach met, fell in love, and began writing their own songs and performing them. Zach, who is originally from Knoxville and later moved to Nashville, is heavily

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Ruglifters

The Ruglifters play Southern Old Time music, the traditional songs and fiddle tunes of the Appalachian Mountains. Leo Shannon (fiddle), John Herrmann (banjo), and Meredith McIntosh (guitar) have been playing together for 10 years. John and Meredith have played together in many bands over the past 30 years. Meredith is from Asheville and John lives

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William Ritter

William plays banjo, fiddle, guitar, and other “string-ed things.” He is particularly interested in old mountain folkways, foodways, humor—eager to swap lies, half-truths, tales, and seeds. William serves as music director for the Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention. William is the founder and owner of Song-to-Seed, which offers programs featuring Appalachian Heirloom Seeds, heirloom songs, and

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