Blue Ridge Old-Time Music Week

An unforgettable week in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina learning the old-time music you love with nationally-known instructors. Intimate and affordable classes are offered for all levels of skill along with daily concerts and jam sessions. Courses include: Fiddle, Banjo, Guitar, Rythm and Repetoire, Bass, Mandolin, Singing, Dulcimer, and Dancing. 

2019 Instructors:  

  • Rhythm & Repertoire: Howard Rains and Tricia SpencerBanjo/Fiddle: Paul Brown and Terri McMurray
  • Fiddle: Beginning Fiddle: Sarah Westhues Owen; Early Intermediate Fiddle: Helen White; Intermediate Fiddle: Beverly Smith, Advanced Fiddle: Eddie Bond, Fiddle Rags & Blues: Mick Kinney
  • Banjo: Early Intermediate Banjo: Robby Robertson; Intermediate Banjo: Hilary Dirlam; Advanced Banjo: Frank Lee
  • Guitar:  Early Intermediate Guitar: Susie Coleman; Intermediate Guitar: Allie Lee; Advanced Guitar: Steve Kilby; Advanced Backup Guitar: Evan Kinney
  • Bass: Intermediate/Advanced Bass: Kellie Allen
  • Dulcimer: Beginning Dulcimer: Margaret Wright; Intermediate/Advanced Dulcimer: Lloyd Wright
  • Mandolin: Intermediate/Advanced Mandolin: Pete Vigour
  • Singing: Duet Singing: Kay Justice & Sam Gleaves

2019 daily schedule, subject to change.


  • 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Dinner, Pittman Dining Hall
  • 6:00 pm Walking campus tour (meet in front of Pittman Dining Hall)
  • 7:00 pm Orientation meeting, Belk Auditorium, Wren College Union

Monday – Friday:

  • 7:00 am – 8:30 am Breakfast, Pittman Dining Hall
  • 9:00 am – 11:30 am Morning Class
  • 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Lunch, Pittman Dining Hall
  • Afternoon Workshops – Free (no advance registration required, see schedule)
  • 1:00 pm – Mini-Classes (advance registration/tuition required, see schedule)
  • 2:00 pm – Mini-Classes (advance registration/tuition required, see schedule)
  • 3:00 pm – Mini-Classes (advance registration/tuition required, see schedule)
  • 4:00 pm Potlucks (varied classes, see schedule for locations)
  • 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Dinner, Pittman Dining Hall

Visit website for complete schedule registration details.

Event Details

Location Mars Hill University
Mars Hill, NC
Cost Ticketed/Admission Charged
Tuition from $399.00 for commuter, $599.00 to $699.00 with room & board options. Visit website for details and registration.
Music Styles Ballad Singing
Shaped-Note Singing
Square Dancing
Event Type Workshop / Class / Demonstration
  • ✔ Can Accommodate Groups
  • ✔ Dancers Welcome
  • ✔ Family Friendly
  • ✔ Food Service
  • ✔ Handicapped Accessible
  • ✔ Open Jam
  • ✔ Picnic Space

Attendees have access to campus amenities, including tennis court, walking trails, etc. Meals are exceptional quality, with an all-you-can-eat hot buffet, grill, plus salad, dessert and drink bars.

Contact Info

Phone (828) 689-1167

Upcoming Dates:

  • Sun, Jun 9, 2019 at 5:00pm - Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 10:00am

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