John C. Campbell Folk School will be welcoming Appalachian Master Artist Marlow Gates at select locations in and around the Murphy area. Marlow is a second-generation broom maker known for his traditional and artful hand-made brooms.  Marlow will spend February 17-21 demonstrating his broom-making for students and visitors. Some of his demonstrations include a visit to students at The Oaks Academy in Marble, residents of Murphy Rehabilitation and Nursing, and more.

Marlow grows his own broomcorn and uses all-natural materials gathered around his home in Big Sandy Mush, NC. He demonstrates at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, has been a Folk School instructor since the 1990s, and is an active teacher.

These upcoming events are free and open to the public:

Monday, February 17 

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – First United Methodist Church, Murphy, NC.

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Keith House Community Room, John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC.

Wednesday, February 19

 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Union County Historical Society, Blairsville, GA.


For those who can’t see Marlow in person, you can watch a live Facebook interview with Tim Radford of WKRK. This interview will be broadcasted from the Folk School at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18. This will be a closed event, but you can tune in on WKRK’s Facebook page or a link via the Folk School Facebook page after the interview.

Marlow will be at the Folk School as part of the Appalachian Master Artist Series. This series is a grant-funded initiative that aims to promote traditional Appalachian craft, music, and dance. The Folk School will host four master artists for a week of demonstrations and performances. Each week provides free activities and opportunities for students and the local community to learn and share with visiting artists.

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About John C. Campbell Folk School

The Folk School transforms lives, bringing people together in a nurturing environment for experiences in learning and community life that spark self-discovery. Located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina, the Folk School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing.