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Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival

May 27, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm


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.

Keep in mind that our parking lots fill up quickly. We will run 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.

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.

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May 27, 2019
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Carl Sandburg Home
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Carl Sandburg Home
NHS 81 Carl Sandburg Lane
Flat Rock, NC 28731 United States
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