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2016 Music of the Mountains

Posted by | 09.08.2016

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host its 12th annual “Music of the Mountains” celebration Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9-10. The event tells the story of music in the Southern Appalachians through its diverse history by letting visitors experience a variety of music that was played in the region or represents old-time music’s roots. Performances throughout the event tell the story of how mountain music grew out of traditional Celtic and religious roots to become something that would be played on front porches all over the Smokies.

“The music in these mountains tells such a wonderful story,” said Park Ranger Brad Free.  “This event provides the opportunity to find the type of traditional music that you love and learn how the stories that the music tells connect it to this place and its people.” 

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The two-day event begins with a concert of Celtic music by Four Leaf Peat on Friday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend, TN. General admission is $5.

The event continues on Saturday, Sept. 10, with a series of free performances supported by Public Radio Station WDVX (89.9 FM) in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial. Musicians will play on Park Headquarters lawn from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with music from Pappy Fisher, the John Myer’s Band, Red Shoes and Rosin, and more.  WDVX will broadcast portions of the program live from Park Headquarters starting at 11 a.m. 

The late afternoon performances by John Lilly, The Brother Boys, Dale Jett and Hello Stranger, and Amythyst Kiah from 2:30-5 p.m. will feature music from the recently released album

Click HERE to learn more about the album's evolution.

“On Top of Old Smoky: New Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music,” which was one of several National Park Service Centennial recognition projects produced by Great Smoky Mountains Association in honor of the 100 year anniversary. The traditional American music on the CD features artists of today recreating songs performed by Smoky Mountain residents at the time of the development of the national park.

The event will be held rain or shine, but performances may be moved to the adjacent Sugarlands Visitor Center theatre in case of inclement weather. Participants are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs for sitting on the lawn. Event parking and restrooms are provided at Sugarlands Visitor Center. Handicap parking is available at both Park Headquarters and Sugarlands Visitor Center.

Schedule of Events

Friday, September 9

Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend, TN   

Admission: $ 5

7 p.m. – Celtic Music by Four Leaf Peat

Amythyst Kiah

Saturday, September 10

Park Headquarters Lawn adjacent to Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg, TN

Admission is Free 

10 a.m. - Pappy Fisher

11 a.m. - Red Shoes and Rosin

Noon - The Bearded

1 p.m. - John Myer

3 p.m. - John Lilly

3:30 p.m. - The Brother Boys (Ed Snodderly and Eugene Wolf)

4 p.m. - Dale Jett and Hello Stranger

4:30 p.m. - Amythyst Kiah

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