Sandburg Folk Fest

31st Annual Folk Music Festival
Memorial Day - May 29, 2017

On Memorial Day folk musicians from across the region will converge at Connemara for a day of toe-tapping fun and music. Just as Carl Sandburg's family enjoyed sitting on the porch while he played a guitar and sang for them, you can experience the gentle strums of folk music at Connemara.
11:00 am - Don and John Humphries play folk music from Carl Sandburg's American Songbag.

12:00 pm - Gypsy Swingers play up-tempo European swing jazz.

1:00 pm - Nitrograss performs old-time and bluegrass music on banjo, mandolin, bass and guitar.

2:00 pm - Peggy Ratusz and Daddy LongLegs perform swing, jazz and slow-burning blues.

11:00 am - 3:00 pm- Steve Smith plays hammered dulcimer in the historic barn area.

Seating is available at the amphitheater or bring your own chair and rest under the hemlocks while you enjoy a day of folk fun. This event is free and open to the public. Snacks will be available for sale in the bookstore and tours of the Sandburg home will be available throughout the day for a small fee.
folk fest audience
Audience enjoys the music at Folk Fest!
Carl Sandburg began playing the guitar in the early 1900's to enhance his lectures and performed during the era of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie and he was the mentor for Burl Ives. He played the guitar, banjo and harmonica and collected a series of folk songs, which he published in his book The American Songbag. The festival began in 1987, and is supported by the National Park Service, Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara, Eastern National and a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council; administered by the Arts Council of Henderson County.

Last updated: April 27, 2017

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