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Sandburg Folk Music Festival


Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site hosts the annual Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival on Monday Memorial Day, May 28, 2012. This free festival offers live music performances from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The folk festival honors Carl Sandburg and his preservation of traditional folk music as found in his collection The American Songbag. The festival's performers each skillfully demonstrate the tradition of performing live music to tell stories while capturing the heritage of America through song.

The music begins at 10:00 a.m., with Richard Sackett playing traditional tunes on the guitar. At 11:00 a.m., Dana and Susan Robinson play original folk music on guitar, banjo, and mandolin. Dana and Susan have an intimate musical expression that pours out through their voices and instruments. At 12:00 p.m., Buddy Davis and Pat Corn are on stage playing acoustic guitars. Pat is a finger-style guitarist with smooth vocals; he has appeared with many top name artists including the Buddy Rich Orchestra. Buddy Davis has played with many great musicians such as Doc Watson and David Holt. They will be playing tunes from The American Songbag. At 1:00 p.m., Jon Shain graces the stage with traditional acoustic and blues tunes. Jon brings a finger-picked folk sound that sparkles. He's well versed in Piedmont country blues but equally adept at soft-spoken story songs.

At 2:00 p.m., Kat Williams performs jazz and blues. She is an electrifying and unforgettable performer, and was featured on the NBC hit show America's Got Talent and also on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She is an authentic, from the heart performer, with a big and bold singing voice in the style of Ella Fitzgerald. Steve and Jean Smith will be performing hammered dulcimer music at the historic barn area from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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 and he was the mentor for Burl Ives. He played the guitar, banjo and harmonica and collected a series of folk songs, which he published in his book The American Songbag. This event is supported by the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara, Eastern National and the National Park Service. Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service, is located three miles south of Hendersonville off U.S. 225 on Little River Road. The park is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., daily, except Christmas Day. For further information, please telephone 828-693-4178, or visit our website at: www.nps.gov/carl.

(Image provided by Flickr user TheSeafarer.)

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