RiddleFest 2017

RiddleFest 2017, featuring David Holt and Josh Goforth, will be the tenth anniversary of this annual concert event staged by the Traditional Voices Group to honor Yancey County native Lesley Riddle. Riddle, an African-American musician, greatly influenced early country music through his association with A.P. Carter, the principal of the Carter Family. In the late 1920s, Carter and Riddle traveled the southern mountains in search of traditional music that could be adapted for a popular American audience. An afternon seminar that explores the traditional musician as historian will be hosted by David Holt and Roy Andrade from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm. If you cannot attend the seminar, you can enjoy it via Live Stream on your computer or mobile device by using this link:

Four-time Grammy Award winner David Holt is well-known to local, regional and national audiences as a musician, storyteller, historian, television host and entertainer, dedicated to performing and preserving traditional American music and stories. Holt plays ten acoustic instruments and has released numerous award winning recordings of traditional mountain music and southern folktales.

Josh Goforth was musically inclined from birth—he was already playing piano in church at the age of four—but when he saw ballad singer Sheila Kay Adams perform at his middle school, he started thinking about the musical heritage of his native Madison County. He studied music with family and community musicians as a child and then attended East Tennessee State University to study music education, and to perform with ETSU's famous Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Program.

Andrade is an East Tennessee State University professor and musician best known for his work with the string band Reeltime Travelers. In his post-touring life, he was been instrumental in growing the old-time music side of Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Studies at ETSU, where he teaches banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin and directs old-time string bands.

Proceeds from RiddleFest benefit TVG’s project to collect oral history and local stories from mountain folk. For more information on RiddleFest contact TVG at (828) 682-9654.

Event Details

Location Burnsville Town Center
Burnsville, NC
Cost Ticketed/Admission Charged
Music Styles Early Country Music
Event Type Concert / Performance
  • ✔ Can Accommodate Groups
  • ✔ Family Friendly
  • ✔ Food Service
  • ✔ Handicapped Accessible

Contact Info

Phone TVG-(828) 682-9654; (828) 682-7209

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