We’re delighted to announce a new series of Music and Dance events at John C. Campbell Folk School this summer. These programs are an integral part of the Folk School experience, and we hope that you and your family will join us for concerts, variety shows, and dances in a safe, outdoor environment. All are welcome at our outdoor events, vaccinations not required. 

The Saturday Night Community Dance is back! Two are scheduled this summer and we’ll schedule more. Many moons have passed, and we’re ready to get back to foot-stomping and handholding. Come join us as we step back into a favorite Folk School pastime. If it is your first-time trying contra dance, come early for simple walkthroughs and instruction on the easier dances. This century-old New England dance tradition, practiced in the Keith House Community Room for decades will temporarily take place in our open-air covered dance pavilion, Open House by the Folk School Garden.   

The Folk School will continue “Community Tuesdays,” evenings of activities in Open House. Starting at 7 p.m., Community Tuesdays will feature live music and dance opportunities with varied program details announced weekly. The focus will be on traditional music and dance, but watching, jamming, playing games, gathering, crafting, and other pastimes are welcomed and encouraged. A schedule and preliminary list of performers are included below. For weekly updates, follow us on social media.  

Our ten Summer Concerts, featuring some of the finest regional and national acts performing eclectic roots music, will have something for everyone. We’ll have standard seating, 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. Many are on Friday evenings, but some are on Thursdays. 

We are also rebooting free monthly opportunities for shape note singing and hosting an all-day sing on Saturday, July 9.

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 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.

Friday June 3, 2022 
Concert at Festival Barn 
7:00p.m. – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult 
Mick Kinney & The Griddle Lickers 
Mick Kinney is a folklorist, composer, lyricist, and multi-instrumentalist. Joined by his sons, The Griddle Lickers play an eclectic blend of ragtime, Georgia fiddle tunes, swing, Cajun, Irish, novelty songs, and some traditional style originals. 
evankinney.com 

Tuesday June 7, 2022 
Community Tuesdays at Open House 
7:00p.m. – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult 
The Peachtree Fuzzies 
Charlie Beck fronts 28906’s ripest string band. Get your ears perked for a bushel of feel-good songs and juicy old-time dance tunes. 
charliebeck.net 

Monday June 13, 2022 
Shape Note Singing School at Open House 
7:009:00p.m. – Free 
Shape Note Singing School with Stefani Priskos 
Come sing, learn the shapes, contemplate the poetry, and relish the power of voices raised together in song. This event welcomes first-timer and experienced shape note singers to sing from the tune book The Sacred Harp. Simple shapes can be a gateway to singing in harmony and reading music from a page. Experience the beauty of singing 4 parts unaccompanied with the guidance and encouragement of our host Stefani.  
youtu.be/djPs8f194Ag 

Tuesday June 14, 2022 
Community Tuesdays at Open House 
7:00p.m. – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult 
Get Up Rounder! w/ caller TBD 
Gabe Strand, Emolyn Liden, and Lindsey Liden are a dance band to be reckoned with. You may be planning to finish up that knitting project, but your feet might not abide.  
strandwoodworking.com 

Friday June 17, 2022 
Concert at Festival Barn 
7:00p.m. – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult 
Rob Tiger & Lon Eldridge 
Rob Tiger, local Hayesville songwriter sings stories with a purpose. He’ll be joined on stage by Chattanooga Lon Eldridge, who couples masterful fingerstyle guitar with clever, brilliant vocals.  
loneldridge.com reverbnation.com/robtiger 

Tuesday June 21, 2022
Introduction to Partner Dance: Waltz, Two-Step, Swing & More 
in Open House
4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.  – Free
with Becky Hill, Olive’s Porch Artist in Residence. All Levels & All Ages Welcome. Bring a picnic & stay for the community dance at 7:00.

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Tuesday June 21, 2022
Community Tuesdays at Open House
 
7:00p.m. – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult 
Emolyn Liden & Giddyup Buttercup w/ caller TBD 
Emolyn Liden, Little Middle instructor, will lead our band for the night. Expect some fun and accessible dance games.  
therovingknitter.com 

Wednesday, June 22, 2022
North American Percussive Dance Sampler

in Open House
4:45 – 5:45 p.m. – Free
with Becky Hill, Olive’s Porch Artist in Residence. Clogging, Tap Flatfooting, Quebecois Stepdance, Waltz Clog & More! Some dance experience is helpful.
rebeccahill.org

Friday June 24, 2022 
Concert at Festival Barn 
7:00p.m. – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult 
Emolyn Liden Family Band 
We’re excited to have the Liden-Owen family band back together for legendary old-time hits. The stories and family dynamic will have you rolling in your folding chair and clapping until your hands are rare.  
therovingknitter.com 

SATURDAY June 25, 2022 
CONTRA DANCE at Open House 
7:0010:00p.m. – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult 
Bob Dalsemer & The Dog Branch Cats 
These folks have made us move with their old-time groove for decades. This is our first dance back and we expect a great energy to permeate the gardens and Open House. Bring a mask and you won’t have to worry about bad breath or BO. 
bobdalsemer.com 

Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Introduction to Partner Dance: Waltz, Two-Step, Swing & More 
in Open House
4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.  – Free
with Becky Hill, Olive’s Porch Artist in Residence. All Levels & All Ages Welcome. Bring a picnic & stay for the community dance at 7:00.
rebeccahill.org

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Tuesday June 28, 2022 
Community Tuesdays at Open House 
7:00p.m. – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult 
Community Square Dance with Becky Hill and special guest Ben Nelson & Friends
Becky is our Artist in Residence at Olive’s Porch this summer. She is a prolific foot percussionist and will be taking the helm as our fun captain this evening.  
rebeccahill.org 

Wednesday, June 29, 2022
North American Percussive Dance Sampler

in Open House
4:45 – 5:45 p.m. – Free
with Becky Hill, Olive’s Porch Artist in Residence. Clogging, Tap Flatfooting, Quebecois Stepdance, Waltz Clog & More! Some dance experience is helpful.
rebeccahill.org

Friday July 1, 2022 
Concert at Festival Barn 
7:00p.m. – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult 
Blue Eyed Girl 
The exciting coalescence of three young women whose roots sink deep into traditional music and dance.  Their sweet Appalachian harmonies, old-time rhythmic flair, and high-energy dance numbers draw from the music passed down to them from their families. The music is in their blood and the songs come straight from their hearts. 
blueeyedgirlnc.wordpress.com 

Tuesday July 5, 2022 
Community Tuesdays at Open House 
7:00p.m. – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult 
TBD  

SATURDAY July 9, 2022 
Shape Note All-Day Singing at Open House 
10:00a.m. – 3:00p.m. – Free 
All-Day Shape Note Singing w/ Bill & Nancy Hogan, Will Peebles, & Nicholas Gattis 
“Sing the shapes” from the Sacred Harp and the Christian Harmony books, singing traditions that date back 200 years and are still practiced in parts of the South. Youtu.be/YaLnG7vfVOc 

Tuesday July 12, 2022 
Community Tuesdays at Open House 
7:00p.m. – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult 
Dance Musicians Week Band w/ caller Annie Fain 
Dance Musicians Week began in 1994 with David Kaynor and has been an annual tradition ever since. Up to 30 students come to learn how to play for dancers throughout the week. We’ll have the well-seasoned music of our instructors, Betsy Branch, Sue Songer, Peter Seigel, and Andy Davis.  
petersiegel.com 

THURSDAY July 14, 2022 
Jam & Contra Dance at THE CROWN RESTAURANT PAVILION 
7:00p.m. Open Jam, 8:00p.m. Dance 
Donations can be made to the David Kaynor Memorial Dance Musicians Week Scholarship 
Student Ensembles & Open Band w/ caller Andy Davis 
When dining is done, we’ll flip the tables under the plywood decked solar pavilion and have us a dance! 
dancingmasters.com 

Friday July 15, 2022 
Concert at Festival Barn 
7:00p.m. – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult 
Dance Musician’s Week Staff Band Concert 
These four instructors have a century of music experience between them, and we are pleased to have them perform in the concert stage setting. 
fiddlefrau.com 

SATURDAY July 16, 2022 
CONTRA DANCE at Open House 
7:0010:00p.m. – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult 
Dance Musician’s Week Staff Band w/ caller Andy Davis 
Betsy Branch, Sue Songer, Peter Seigel, and Andy Davis. 
theportlandcollection.com 

Tuesday July 19, 2022 
Community Tuesdays at Open House 
7:00p.m. – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult 
Channing Showalter & Annie Schermer w/ caller 
Fiddlers joined by a cast of local rabble rousers.  
westofroan.com 

Friday July 22, 2022 

*CANCELLED*
Concert at Festival Barn 
7:00p.m. – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult 

Monday July 25, 2022 
Shape Note Singing School at Open House 
7:009:00p.m. – Free 
Shape Note Singing School with Stefani Priskos 
Come sing, learn the shapes, contemplate the poetry, and relish the power of voices raised together in song. This event welcomes first-timer and experienced shape note singers to sing from the tune book The Sacred Harp. Simple shapes can be a gateway to singing in harmony and reading music from a page. Experience the beauty of singing 4 parts unaccompanied with the guidance and encouragement of our host Stefani.  
youtu.be/djPs8f194Ag 

Tuesday July 26, 2022 
Community Tuesdays at Open House 
7:00p.m. – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult 
The Peachtree Fuzzies w/ caller 
Charlie Beck fronts the county’s rottenest string band. Get your ears perked for a bushel of feel-good songs and sloshed bluegrass bangers. 
charliebeck.net 

THURSDAY July 28, 2022 
Concert at *Open House 
7:00p.m. – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult 
Sara Grey 
Singing old ballads and songs from America and the British Isles. Sara grew up in New Hampshire but has lived in Scotland and England for 46 years. As a youngster in North Carolina, she first heard a lot of mountain music and her love for the old-time banjo music and songs developed from this experience. 
saragrey.net 

Tuesday August 2, 2022 
Community Tuesdays at Open House 
7:00p.m. – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult 
a Beverly Smith Band w/ caller Annie Fain 
One of the most respected players in old time music today, Beverly Smith is in demand as a singer, songwriter, fiddler and dance caller, as well as a banjo, mandolin and guitar player. Annie Fain will call us some figures as we back up Beverly with a local cast.  
beverlydalesmith.com 

Friday August 5, 2022 
Concert at Festival Barn 
7:00p.m. – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult 
Steve James 
Steve is a great instrumentalist and a prolific composer. He is one of the few contemporary songwriters to manage working within older traditions while producing lyrics that sound fresh and smart. His live shows have a crackling energy that is light years away from the museum-style presentation of many acoustic blues revivalists.  
stevejames.com 

Tuesday August 9, 2022 
Community Tuesdays at Open House 
7:00p.m. – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult 
Betse Ellis & Clarke Wyatt w/ caller Becky Hill
Badass fiddler and Ozark fireball Betse Ellis brings an edgy fire to every note she bows, strums, sings or shouts. Part old-time celebrant and part contemporary songwriter, Betse is committed to purveying the breadth of possibilities within the folk format. She blends traditional source material with her own original works and presents a diverse sound that refuses to be labeled. Citing influences from John Hartford to Joe Strummer, she traverses musical realms and pushes the boundaries of how folk music can be understood and imagined in the modern age. 
fiddlebetse.com 

THURSDAY August 11, 2022 
Concert at Festival Barn 
7:00p.m. – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult 
Becky Hill, Betse Ellis, Clarke Wyatt & more 
Their music is familiar… and totally different, a fiddle and banjo duo with a sense of adventure. Old time music and song celebrated alongside inventive new compositions: a passion for the depth of tradition and a look to new creative paths. Betse & Clark will be collaborating with foot percussionist Becky Hill and other special guests.  
betseandclarke.com 

Tuesday August 16, 2022 
Community Tuesdays at Open House 
7:00p.m. – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult 
a Lindsey Liden Band w/ Charlotte Crittenden
Charlotte is a much sought-after caller. We are excited to have snagged her for a summer date. Come dance to the tunes of Lindsey Liden and posse.  
mulheroncraft.com 

Friday August 19, 2022 
Concert at Festival Barn 
7:00p.m. – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult 
Sheila Kay Adams & Susan Pepper 
Few people embody such a depth of family and regional tradition, or represent it to the rest of the world with so much authority and affection, as Madison County’s Sheila Kay Adams. Adams is the seventh-generation bearer of her family’s two-hundred-year-old ballad-singing tradition, and is the mother and teacher of the eighth generation. Her own teachers were her great-aunt Dellie Norton, cousin Cas Wallin, and other kinfolks in the Wallin, Chandler, Norton, Ramsey, and Ray families of Sodom, North Carolina, who have so long been admired by ballad singers and collectors. In 1998, folklorist Dan Patterson wrote in the North Carolina Folklore Journal that “These families have made Sodom famous, out of all proportion to its size.” The tiny community is a giant in fostering the folk traditions of North Carolina. 
susanpepper.com 

Monday August 22, 2022 
Shape Note Singing School at Open House 
7:009:00p.m. – Free 
Shape Note Singing School with Stefani Priskos
Come sing, learn the shapes, contemplate the poetry, and relish the power of voices raised together in song. This event welcomes first-timer and experienced shape note singers to sing from the tune book The Sacred Harp. Simple shapes can be a gateway to singing in harmony and reading music from a page. Experience the beauty of singing 4 parts unaccompanied with the guidance and encouragement of our host Stefani.  
youtu.be/djPs8f194Ag  

Tuesday August 23, 2022 
Community Tuesdays at Open House 
7:00p.m. – $5-10 donation suggested, per adult 
Andrew Finn Magill 
Andrew has some serious world music chops. We’ll do our usual old time sets, a couple Scottish Ceilidh dances, and if the stars align, we’ll dig into Brazilian numbers.  
andrewfinnmagill.com 

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.