Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival Returns on May 27

Jamie Laval playing the violin at the Carl Sandburg Folk Fest.
Carl Sandburg Home

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site will host the 33rd annual Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2019. This free festival offers live music performances from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The folk festival honors Carl Sandburg and his preservation of American musical heritage, as found in his collection, “The American Songbag.” The festival’s performers are skilled in sharing traditional stories in distinctive ways. All performances take place in the amphitheater, unless otherwise specified, and signs will direct festival goers.

Parking

Keep in mind that the parking lots fill up quickly. There will be a courtesy shuttle from satellite parking lots at the Flat Rock Playhouse (located across the street) and from the Flat Rock Village Offices (110 Village Center Drive) to the park entrance, throughout the day. It is a short walk from the park entrance to the amphitheater. There will be also be a shuttle operating inside the park to take visitors from the entrance to the amphitheater, Sandburg Home and barn area.

Amphitheater

At 11:00 am, Lillian Chase and Friends perform old time music on fiddle and guitar. Lillian is a talented 15-year-old Appalachian fiddler and ballad singer. Her fiddling draws both from old-time styles and bluegrass. She has won awards at prestigious music contests in the region, including at the Mount Airy Bluegrass and Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention.

At 12:00 pm, Drayton and the Dreamboats perform a mix of swing tunes, Latin numbers, and vocal ballads from the golden age of radio. With clever arrangements and rock solid musicianship, the band breathes new life into some of the twentieth century’s greatest tunes. Their unique approach transcends nostalgia and offers listeners something both vintage and new.

At 1:00 pm, Leeda ‘Lyric’ Jones plays soul music. Lyric started out busking on the streets of Asheville and touched many hearts. Since taking to the streets, Lyric has shared the stage with legends such as George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Gladys Knight, Booker T. Jones, Little Big Town, Dionne Warwick, Count M’Butu, and Warren Haynes.

At 2:00 pm, Jamie Laval and vocalist Megan McConnell take the audience on a musical journey through Celtic lands, reimagining Gaelic love songs, and ancient mythic tales with violin and voice. Laval is recognized internationally as one of the premier performers of Celtic violin music. He has performed for Her Majesty the Queen, appeared on Dave Matthews’ platinum “Some Devil” album, and presented a TED Talk on the value of arts and music in our communities. Vocalist Megan McConnell is lauded for the ethereal, lyric beauty of her singing, her broad stylistic range, and her perky, theatrical performance sense.

Goat Barn Area

From 11:00 am to 2:00 pm near the barn, Steve and Jean Smith will be performing mountain and hammered dulcimer music. Steve and Jean have performed in at least nineteen states and two other countries, as well as on radio and on television. They have taught dulcimer workshops at festivals across the region and are award-winning musicians.

For all festival and parking information visit www.nps.gov/carl/planyourvisit/folkfest.htm.

Carl Sandburg began playing the guitar in the early 1900’s to enhance his lectures and performed during the era of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie. He was the mentor for Burl Ives. Sandburg played the guitar, banjo, and harmonica; and collected a series of folk songs, which he published in his book The American Songbag. The festival began in 1987 and is supported by National Park Service, Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara, and Eastern National; the non-profit partner that operates the park bookstore, and a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council; administered by the Arts Council of Henderson County.

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is a unit of the National Park Service. The park is located three miles south of Hendersonville off U.S. 225 on Little River Road, and is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Weekdays are less busy than weekends. For parking options, please visit www.nps.gov/carl/planyourvisit/parking.htm. For further information please telephone 828-693-4178 or visit the website at www.nps.gov/carl.

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