Ted Cooley leads a pre-pandemic Morningsong in the Folk School Community Room.

Join us every Friday morning on Facebook Live for Virtual Morningsong. It’s a great way to start the day! To watch live, all you have to do is visit our Facebook Page at 7:45 a.m. until 8:15 a.m. on Fridays.

Upcoming Schedule

May 29:  Leah Dolgoy
June 5:   Bob and Amy Buckingham
June 12: Jennifer Rose Escobar
June 19: Steve Hickman & DeLaura Padovan
June 26: Jack Smoot

Virtual Morningsong Recordings

If you miss a Morningsong, or want to re-watch, view the recordings of each individual artist by following the links below.

Bob Dalsemer

Friday May 22, 2020

If you love the Folk School this Morningsong is a must see. Bob will share the fascinating story of how the school was founded. Bob Dalsemer has been calling square, contra, and English country dances for more than 40 years. He has called throughout the U.S. and in a number of foreign countries. In 2011, Bob received the Country Dance and Song Society’s Lifetime Contribution Award. He served as the Folk School’s Music and Dance Coordinator for 22 years until his retirement in 2013 and is a true friend of the Folk School.

Watch the recording.

Jim Lloyd

Friday May 15, 2020

Jim is a singer, old-time banjo player, public radio host, music teacher, bluegrass rhythm guitarist, storyteller, banjo museum curator, and a barber of Rural Retreat, Virginia. He puts his mountain guitar expertise front and center on his CD, Play Guitar in 7 Days. From the jazz standard, “St. James Infirmary,” to traditional tunes like “Darlin’ Cory,” humor with “Uncle Hiram’s Homemade Beer,” gospel “Must Come in at the Door,” and even the 1960s pop hit “Little Red Riding Hood.”

Watch the recording.

Emolyn Liden, Martha Owen & David Liden

Friday May 8, 2020

David, Martha and family have been part of the Folk School for decades. Everyone plays music, dances, and loves handmade work.  Martha is the Folk School’s Resident Artist (Spinning, Knitting, Crochet, Felt Making, Dyeing, and Surface Design), and a frequent instructor, as well as a banjo player, storyteller, and Morris Dance team member. Her family on her mother’s side came from Murphy, 6 miles down the road from Brasstown. David is a former Folk School Development Director and Board Chair but now is an active musician playing for dancing and frequent programs. Emolyn, the youngest musician in the Liden/Owen family, grew up at the Folk School and now enjoys teaching knitting and clogging. She also does programming for kids of all ages for Little/Middle Folk School and Intergenerational Week. Currently, she is facilitating online Zoom programming for children of south Louisiana, where she currently lives and works. Emolyn was visiting in Brasstown when the world shut down and we were lucky to have her still here for Morningsong.

Watch the recording.


Frank & Allie Lee

Friday May 1, 2020

Frank and Allie Lee are a vocal-driven old-time duo. With nylon-string fretless banjo, guitar, slide guitar, and steel-string banjo, fiddle, harmonica, and harmony vocals, they give a wide variety of heirloom songs and tunes new life. They sing lead and harmony in the duo and their band The Freight Hoppers. Treat A Stranger Right is their new album.

Watch the recording.

Jim Pankey

Friday April 24, 2020

Jim has taught many classes at the Folk School over the years and there’s not many instruments that he doesn’t play – or at least dabble with. Jim started out playing at home, with family, then with friends in high school, and although he may have started out as most hometown musicians do, he continued to pursue music as an art and a career. The love that he has for his music has afforded him many opportunities; Jim has played stages ranging from the Black Box in Belfast to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

Watch the recording.


The Pressley Girls

Friday April 17, 2020

The Pressley Girls were born and raised in Brasstown, North Carolina. They are an authentic Appalachian duet that focuses on tight harmony and lyrical meaning. The Pressley Girls perform a wide range of music including Folk, Bluegrass, Gospel, and Country. Corie Pressley plays the guitar and mandolin while singing harmony with her sister, Katie, who plays the fiddle while singing lead.

Watch the recording.

About Morningsong

Morningsong, a Danish custom of singing, folklore, and camaraderie, is how we start class days at the Folk School. Before breakfast, from 7:45 to 8:15, folks congregate in the Community Room to listen to music, stories, and jokes. All are encouraged to sing along. During a typical week, every Morningsong is hosted by a different musician or group.

Here are a few words from Martha Owen about Morningsong…

Morningsong is a time when all the people of the week, both student and the community, get together and have an experience together outside of the class. It is something shared by all who choose to get up in the morning!  At the John C. Campbell Folk School this generally includes singing. It is a time for jokes and stories and history and sometimes even magic!  
All the Liden young people went to a folk school in Denmark that specialized in leadership training, outdoor education, and sports. There, Morningsong was before lunch and included singing, but also announcements and watching international news.  Just like at our Folk School in Brasstown, the whole student body and the teachers stopped and sat together in the same room, and sang, and listened together.  


John C. Campbell Folk School
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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.