Merlefest was started 26 years ago as a way of honoring the memory of Merle Watson after his untimely death. This year Merlefest is planning a special tribute to his father, Doc Watson, who passed away in 2012 at the age of 89. As host of the annual “traditional plus” music festival, the musical icon has always been the soul and embodiment of the event, and while his spirit will always be at the heart of Merlefest, he will truly be missed.
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I am delighted to see that the Appalachian storytelling tradition will be returning to Merlefest in 2013. Local tall tale spinner Orville Hicks will perform Saturday April 27th. I highly recommend you avail yourself of this opportunity to enjoy a delightful aspect of Mountain cultural heritage. If you find after catching his performance that you need more of the same, the Todd General Store presents weekly storytelling events throughout the year.
There is going to be some fantastic music in Jefferson, North Carolina this weekend at the 39th Annual Ashe County Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Convention. There is a rich history of music in these mountains, and this festival celebrates it. Hope to see you at our Blue Ridge Mountain Pet Friendly Cabins with fiddles in hand and/or music in your heart.
It is not too early to start planning your trip to the Ola Belle Reed Festival. Three days of bluegrass music are coming to Lansing NC, a short drive from our Blue Ridge Cabins. Some fine music will be heard in Lansing on August 14, 15 and 16, 2009.
The festival mission statement is as follows: “Ola Belle Campbell Reed (1915-2002), legendary country singer, was a strong force for good who touched countless lives. The Ola Belle Reed Homecoming Festival is an opportunity to celebrate the life and music of this remarkable woman in the locale where her life’s journey began, the small community of Lansing, along the New River in the mountains of North Carolina.”
Spend your days listening to music at the Ola Belle Reed Festival and your nights gazing at stars from our Blue Ridge Pet Friendly Lodging. It will be a memorable vacation.
This year’s lineup features the following performers:
Holy Ghost Tent Revival
Whitetop Mountain Band
Elkville String Band
Deborah Jean and Randy Sheets
Grayson Highlands Band
Ola Belle Reed Family