The oldest continuously running folk festival in the United States began in 1928 when the Asheville Chamber of Commerce asked musician and folk historian Bascom Lamar Lunsford to arrange a folk song and dance program for the city's Rhododendron Festival. The presentation was so popular that Lunsford presented the event on its own in 1930, calling it the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. The festival soon became a model for folk festivals around the country and inspired the beginnings of the National Folk Festival in 1935 and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival's sister event, Shindig on the Green, in 1967.
Set inside the 800-seat Mission Health/A-B Tech Conference Center, each evening highlights the repertoire of mountain performers – old timers and the newest generation of bluegrass and mountain string bands, ballad singers, big circle mountain dancers and cloggers – who share music and dance of the Southern Appalachian Mountains that echo centuries of Scottish, English, Irish, Cherokee, and African heritage. Tickets available at: www.mdff.eventbrite.com.
Mission Health/A-B Tech Conference Center
Adults $22.00; Students $15.00; Children 12 and under $12.00; Groups of 10+ $15.00; 3-Night Package Adults $60.00.
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Tickets can be purchased at the on line link, at Shindig on the Green July 1, 8, 15 or 22, 2017 or at the door.
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