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Sundays in July: Songcatchers Music Series


2014 Songcatchers Music Series

Sundays in July

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.Songcatchers Twins (7)

The Songcatchers Music Series, now in its 12th year, showcases acoustic music with roots in the Southern Appalachians and the musicians who nurture the tradition of passing this heritage on to others. Local musicians are often on site at 3:00 p.m. to jam before the concert, which begins with a warm-up at 4:00 p.m. After a short break the featured performer will begin. Concerts take place in the wheelchair accessible, covered outdoor amphitheater unless storms move them inside the Forest Discovery Center. Picnics, along with chairs and seat pads, are welcomed between the amphitheater’s concrete seating. Admission for this event is $6.00 for ages 16 and older, $3.00 for youth 15 and under, America the Beautiful Pass holders, and Golden Age Passport holders. Morrow Insurance Agency is this year’s sponsor. The Songcatchers Music series is an official part of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area’s Blue Ridge Music Trail.


Josh & Laura compressedJuly 6: Laura Boosinger and Josh Goforth- Two exceptional musicians and entertainers present a varied set of old-time favorites, originals, a little swing and sparking duet harmonies.

Laura Boosinger has won glowing reviews wherever she appears and is blessed with an ‘essence of the mountains’ spirit that can take you back to the good old days when folks used to huddle around the radio. Laura will be in the company of Josh Goforth, an outstanding musician, acclaimed fiddler, guitar picker and mandolin player, from Madison County, North Carolina. Josh has already garnered a Grammy nomination and has established himself as a “one to watch” musician who is heading for the premier league. Sing Out magazine called their latest CD, “Most of All,” “Simple, direct and as good as it gets.”

Transylvania County’s East Fork Gals open the show with traditional fiddle tunes and old time songs.


robinsons - CopyJuly 13: Dana and Susan Robinson – Dana and Susan Robinson are two guitar-playing, banjo-frailing, fiddle-sawing, and harmony-singing interpreters of the American experience. They bring to the stage a joyful blend of Appalachian mountain music, songs and stories of the American landscape and a deep understanding of America’s musical heritage. Dana’s instrumental “Crossing the Platte” was featured in Ken Burns new PBS documentary, “Our National Parks, America’s Best Idea.” The Robinsons call Marshall, North Carolina home.

Dana and Susan Robinson’s performance captures the imagination of their audience.

They can provoke laughter and poignant reflection as they take listeners on a journey across America and convey the mystery and wonder of the places they visit. Whether the music is quiet or driving, there is a steady and unrelenting groove to it that supports the lyric and delivers the story in an effortless and magical way. To learn more visit

Emily Reasoner and Cindy Carpenter open the show with a selection of traditional songs expressed with harmonies they have blended for over 30 years.


anna and elizabeth - CopyJuly 20: Elizabeth LaPrelle and Anna Roberts-Gevalt:  raw & reverent music & storytelling from the mountains.

Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle met in 2010 and soon began planning adventures together. These talented young women use all the creative tools they can think of: storytelling, research, fiddle, banjo, guitar, ballads, puppets, poetry, and moving scrolls called “crankies”. Anna and Elizabeth dedicate their work to honoring the lives and creativity of those who have gone before us- ancestors, pioneers, friends and teachers. They enjoy bringing light to old ballads, tunes, hymns and stories of everyday people.

Anna and Elizabeth’s interest in tradition and heritage go well beyond music. They strive to engage themselves and their audience with traditional art in all the forms it can take—from canning to woodcuts, quilting to singing, to better express the rich stories the Appalachian region has to share, and to engage younger generations in the same. Check them out at

Opening the show: TBA



July 27: Palmetto Gravel Scratchers

From Upstate South Carolina, the Palmetto Gravel Scratchers bring together a unique mix of old time traditional string band tunes, historical ballads, early country songs and the works of contemporary songwriters. Their music relives the times when great changes were taking place in the United States from the end of the Civil War through the 1920’s and beyond.

Through his research of music archives, vinyl recording and long-passed musicians, fiddler Andy Brooks authentically recreates fiddle tunes, waltzes and ballads for the group. Becky Stovall plays guitar and fiddle and enjoys singing songs from her home in the rural South. Barbara Massey’s authentic clawhammer banjo style adds a beautiful tone and rhythm to all the styles performed by the group. Don Massey completes the band with a foundation on the upright bass.

Just as in any era, music plays an integral part in reflecting the events and people of those times. The Palmetto Gravel Scratchers are dedicated to performing the “old tunes” for new audience and telling the stories of a different era. Transylvania County’s Roadapple Ramblers open the show.


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