Sandburg Folk Fest

32nd Annual Folk Music Festival
Memorial Day - May 28, 2018

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 - Resonant Rogues perform Appalachian old time music mixed with a little swing and jazz.

12:00 pm - Pat Corn and Buddy Davis perform folk music from the American Songbag.

1:00 pm - Jon Shain performs finger picking Piedmont folk blues.

2:00 pm - David Holt with Josh Goforth perform old time mountain music.

4:00 pm - David Holt and Josh Goforth will sign CDs in the Bookstore

11:00 am - 3:00 pm- Steve Smith plays hammered dulcimer in the amphitheater.

All Day - Meet new park Superintendent Pauline Angelakis.

The festival will be held near the barn area for 2018. There will be a tent with seating for 200 and additional seating available around the tent for you to bring your own chair. The seating outside the tent will be mostly in the sun, so be prepared. 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: May 8, 2018

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