True Music and Dance
10:00 Geri Littlejohn
Sit back, breathe deep and enjoy the spontaneous combustion, soul surging melodies and enchanting songs from the heart. A Native American style flute maker Geri plays flutes she has crafted from branches and local woods.
11:00 J. Fry’s Earth Ensemble – Didgeridoo & Udo
John will take your spirit on an adventure back to a time when your soul and the Earth were in perfect rhythm. With the intricate beat of natural skinned drums and anciet instruments beckoning your soul, you will be enchanted by the Native flute, Djembe, Didgeridoo, Gopichan and Udu. John and his guests will transport you to far off tribal lands with the beautiful sound of the natural instruments that sing through those horizons.
12:00 Geri Littlejohn
“The Native American flute has the ability to ground and center those who hear its beautiful tones and connect them in a deep way to the natural world. The flute unites the hearts of those who listen.”
12:30 Fiddle and Banjo contest
Open to all ages and skill levels. Contest entry is free with paid admission. A first place cash prize of $50 will be awarded in each of the following categories: Fiddle, Traditional (Old Time Fiddle Tune) Fiddle, Non-Traditional (Bluegrass, Celtic, or any other genre) Banjo, Traditional (Old Time Banjo Tune) Banjo, Non-Traditional (Bluegrass, Celtic, or any other genre.)
1:45 Laurie Fisher
Multi-talented Laurie Fisher has been entertaining dancers and inspiring musicians for the past 17 years. She can fiddle, play piano, call dances, teach and enthuse with the best of them. The very thriving Asheville contra dance scene has been passionately influenced by her bands and music over the past 25 years. She is regionally well known as the fiddler for The String Beings, an Asheville Contradance band.
2:45 J. Michael King & David “Ace” McCurry Together at Last
J. MICHAEL KING started playing the blues in 1966. He has absorbed many influences and mastered many styles, chiefly blues and R&B, and has played guitar backing such artists as Chuck Jackson, Bobby Lewis, Billy Joe Royal, Roy Head, Chicago Bob, Phil Guy, Spencer Bohran, and Eddie Kirkland. He has opened shows for many artists, including his favorites: Mose Allison and Dr. John. Michael’s electric blues band, The Blues Club, won the MTV Battle of the Bands. He was one of the founding members of Greenville SCs’ Jellyroll Antennae Blues Trio. Presently, he is indulging himself in the study and playing of the local SC music known as the Piedmont Blues.
Ace started playing harmonica in high school, accompanying guitar players at parties and small gigs. He joined “Sweet Release” a college band in Santa Cruz, played an opening gig for Tower of Power and sealed his fate as an accomplished side-man musician dishing out tasteful rhythm licks and screaming deep lyrical solos. On his musical journey, Ace has played with Jefferson Starship guitarist Slick Aguilar, original Asbury Jukes sax player “Cos” Consoli and Nashville singer songwriter Sam Cooper. Forty years after setting foot on the harp path, he covers a spectrum of straight-ahead jazz to electric amplified harp to traditional acoustic early blues and jazz roots music.
3:45 to 4:30 – Maya Sings & Bruce Burgess
Maya Burgess is a 16 year old singer songwriter from Danbury, NC. She has won Carolina Music Awards, Best Youth Rock Artist 2012, Shakori Hills Grassroots Band Contest 2012, Winston Salem Shuffle 2013, and NC 4H District Talent Competition. She plays a wide variety of styles, but is drawn to the blues because, “Blues music speaks to the soul and everyone can relate to it”. Joining her is her dad, Bruce Burgess, a unique banjo stylist and songwriter who has toured with bluesman Big Ron Hunter and shared the stage with other musical legends throughout the region. Together they bring you an inspiring family combination, blending roots, soul, rock, and blues into their own original sound.
4:45 to 5:00 – Improvisational Drum Jam
Dance (On the lawn by the Oak tree)
4:00 Contra Dance with Charlotte Crittenden, music by Laurie Fisher and Joe Hallock
An avid dancer for many years, Charlotte began calling contra dances in 2008. Since then she has been calling throughout the southeast region but still loves dancing and calling in her home communtiy of Brasstown, NC. Charlotte encourages dancers of all levels and best loves watching new folks realize how fun and easy contra dancing can be.
Laurie Fisher has been entertaining dancers and inspiring musicians for the past 17 years. She can fiddle, play piano, call dances, teach and enthuse with the best of them. The very thriving Asheville contra dance scene has been passionately influenced by her bands and music over the past 25 years. She is regionally well known as the fiddler for The String Beings, an Asheville Contradance band.
Joe Hallock was born and raised in Northern New England, but he has made his home in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. Joe is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, band leader, dance organizer, promoter, and provider of solar-powered-sound.