We’re delighted to announce a new series of Music and Dance events! These programs are an integral part of the Folk School experience, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome springtime with their return.

We hope that you and your family will join us for concerts, variety shows, and short dances in a safe, outdoor environment. All are welcome at our outdoor events if they feel comfortable participating. Masks are recommended.

In the spirit of stretching our legs before we do-si-do, we’re excited to introduce a new temporary format for Tuesday nights. The Folk School will host “Community Tuesdays,” an evening of activities in Open House – the pavilion structure near the Folk School Garden.  Starting at 7 p.m., Community Tuesdays will feature live music and dance components, and program details will be announced weekly. The focus will be on jamming, playing games, gathering, performing, and taking part in dances that don’t require embracing strangers for long periods of time. A schedule and a preliminary list of performers are included below. For weekly updates, follow us on social media.

Our Friday Night Concerts, featuring some of the finest regional and national acts performing roots music, will return to the Festival Barn starting Friday, April 8, 2022, at 7 p.m. We’ll have standard seating just like before, along with a family-focused social area of picnic tables in the back. You’re welcome to bring your dinner, card games, sewing project, or set up on the grass and let your kids play.

A donation of $5-10 per adult is suggested for most events, but all are welcome regardless of contribution. The Folk School is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and any funds raised support traditional arts and help with equitable pay for our performers. Want to get involved? We’re always looking for volunteers to help with our events and programs. Give us a call at 1-800-FOLK-SCH (1-800-365-5724) to learn more.

All events run from 7 – 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Lineup and schedule are subject to change. We hope to see you soon!

Calendar of Events

Tuesday April 5, 2022
Community Tuesdays Kickoff Party at Open House
7:00pm – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult
Open The House Band featuring Rick Taylor and Charmaine Slaven
Rick Taylor, frequent and famed instructor at the Folk School joins Music & Dance Programs Coordinator Charmaine for an evening of tunes, songs, dances, and distractions.

Friday April 8, 2022
Friday Night Concert Series Launch at Festival Barn
7:00pm – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult
The RBG Trio – Rick Taylor, Bruce Threlkeld, and Geoff Hohwald play bluegrass
Our music instructors for the week are joined by Bruce Threlkeld for an evening of classic songs, rip-picking, and sweet harmony.

Tuesday April 12, 2022
Community Tuesdays at Open House
7:00pm – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult
Learn Swing Dance Basics from Bridget Esterhuizen with live jazz from Djoukil Swingtet
Bridget is a teacher, actor, and movement coach.  Get yourself grounded in some simple steps while these hot tunes practically move your feet for you. Djoukil will make you jump and smile ‘til it hurts. Don’t be surprised if you arrive home sockless.

Friday April 15, 2022
Friday Night Concert at Festival Barn
7:00pm – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult
Stringer’s Ridge, Celtic folk string band music (Chattanooga, TN)
Band leader, Tom Morely, recently taught Irish Fiddle at the Folk School. We are excited to welcome him back with his full band to fiddle around Festival Barn. He has studied with and performed alongside legendary fiddlers including Manus McGuire, Maurice Lennon, Liz Carroll, Kevin Burke, Frankie Gavin, and Gerry O’Connor. He is accompanied by Fran Morely on Irish bodhrán and guitarist Bryant Haynes.

Tuesday April 19, 2022
Community Tuesdays at Open House
7:00pm – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult
Sweet Milk & Peaches, traditional music and dance duo (Gays Mills, WI)
Jesse Downs and Liz Voz have an accordion case full of tricks up their sleeves for you. Hailing from the Driftless area of SW Wisconsin, we are excited to snag them as they pass through. Monster musicians who seem to remember every word of a song the first time they hear it. Jesse is also a square dance caller, and it won’t surprise us if we get a taste of something Danish
out the duo.


Friday April 22, 2022
Friday Night Concert at Festival Barn
7:00pm – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult
Wyatt Espalin Band, singer songwriter (Hiawassee, GA)
Wyatt Espalin plays often and everywhere! He puts on a great show. His songs are well written and passionately sung. Original music with some fiddle flavor and a veritable pantheon of accompanists. Come sing along to the soon-to-be familiar refrains and engage with
these performers.


Tuesday April 26, 2022
Community Tuesdays at Open House
7:00pm – $5-10  donation suggested, per adult
Morris Maypole Workshop: Community learn-a-tune, practice a dance, make a pretty
Host Martha Owen will be joined by members of the Brasstown Morris Dance teams and bands. Choose your own adventure or dabble in it all. We’ll be learning a processional tune to be played Saturday for the Mayday parade (bring any instrument), practice a simple circle dance to be done after the maypole dance (Apr 30), and we’ll make floral crown wreathes and ribbon streamer wands.
Winster Precessional

Saturday April 30, 2022
12:00pm – Free
May Day Parade hosted by the Brasstown Morris Dancers
Join Folk School students, staff, and community for our annual English tradition of the May Day Parade and Maypole Dance. If you want to join in the short parade, meet at Festival Barn. The procession begins at 11:45am and will skip-daddle on down to the field outside the craft shop for the Maypole dance. After the Maypole ribbons are tied, a circle dance and the Morris dance teams will perform in the parking lot.

Tuesday May 3, 2022
Community Tuesdays at Open House
7:00pm – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult
Resonant Rogues perform a short set, quick dance tutorial, then open up the floor
The Resonant Rogues’ dark Appalachian folk paints a picture of their lives in the mountains of WNC and on the road. Songwriting duo Sparrow (banjo, accordion) and Keith Smith (guitar) present their original music inspired by traditions of Appalachia to the Balkans and Paris by way of New Orleans. They will also close with a set of traditional dance music, so bring your shoes!

Friday May 6, 2022
SPECIAL EVENT: The Folk School at Murphy Art Walk
5:30pm – Free, at the L&N Depot (4 Railroad Street)
Performance by Bear Cub Cloggers with Junior Appalachian Musicians (program sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council)
Come catch a short and super sweet performance by the little cloggers and our high school JAM kids. This will also be a great time to come explore our new downtown Folk School space and see Richard Carter demonstrating Brasstown Carving at Olive’s Porch, 27 Peachtree Street.

Tuesday May 10, 2022
Community Tuesdays at Open House
7:00pm – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult
Momsemble String Band with Martha Owen, Charmaine Slaven, & Annie Fain Barralon (Brasstown)
Bring out your babies have a little twirl. Honor your mamas and your grandma’s too, without them what would we do?

Friday May 13, 2022
Friday Night Concert at Festival Barn
7:00pm – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult
Squirrel Butter, old-time duo (Seattle, WA)
Squirrel Butter is comprised of Charmaine Slaven on guitar, fiddle, feet, and vocals with Charlie Beck on banjo, guitar, vocals and fiddle.  Traditional and original music influenced by Appalachian, early country, jug band, and blues artists from the late 1800’s through 1950’s. Don’t ask about their band name, they might have to smear you.

Tuesday May 17, 2022
Community Tuesdays at Open House
7:00pm – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult
The BUGbillies, variety show (NC, TN, GA, Mars)
Dave Peters, former longtime local, joins the forces of the Nowbillies and Brasstown Ukulele Group (BUG) for an evening Singalong Dance Joke Jams. What to expect, nobody knows, but it will be fun. We’ll sprinkle in a dance. Probably a waltz, two-step, and a line dance.
Friday May 20, 2022
Friday Night Sing Song Concert at Festival Barn
7:00pm – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult
Untangled, The Peter Thomas Show (Santa Cruz, CA)
Join us for this fun concert show. Think, ukulele rock opera with a side of string band sauce. Options for audience participation or passive enjoyment. We hope you come on this adventure with us.

Tuesday May 24, 2022
Community Tuesdays at Open House
7:00pm – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult
Anne Lough with Bob Dalsemer and the Dog Branch Cats
Local legends, hometown heroes, graced with the dulcimer prowess of Anne Lough will be raising the open house roof.  COVID willing, dances will be called.

Tuesday May 31, 2022
Community Tuesdays at Open House
7:00pm – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult
JAM Kids Concert followed by square dance with host T-Claw calling figures
Support our local Junior Appalachian Musicians for their end of session concert followed by dancing.

John C. Campbell Folk School
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.