Traditional and neo-traditional musicians from around the world head to Clifftop every year for great music and dance competitions! This family-friendly event offers onsite camping for those who want to be right in the action. Youth programs and craft workshops take place during the event. Artists and craftspeople present their handicrafts and food trucks offer eclectic dining options. Prices for daily entrance, pre-camping and overnight camping during the festival available at wvculture.org.
Held on Labor Day weekend, Festival of the Rivers is a music festival featuring Grass-roots Appalachian music in celebration of our rivers and railroad culture. Blues, Roots, and Traditional musicians join us to showcase the influence Appalachian music has had on the world. For more information on Festival of the Rivers, visit their website at: cfm-fmh.org.
The Starry Mountain Singers will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9 in the Great Hall of Halliehurst on the Davis & Elkins College campus. The ensemble of eight vocalists performs a wide range of traditional music from around the United States and abroad. For more information, call the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College at 304-637-1209 or visit www.dewv.edu/arts-entertainment
Red Tail Ring is the musical brainchild of two old-time-minded Michiganders – Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo. The collaboration blends the loving attention of revivalist fervor with the playful creativity of starting from scratch. Whether rendering a traditional tune or one of their many original compositions, the duo infuses each song with musical imagination, haunting harmonies and instrumental artistry. “We love pushing the boundaries of what a traditional song can be,” says Beauchamp. “It informs how we write our original songs. There’s a real energy exchange between the old and the new.”
Enjoy a full day of traditional music with musicians scheduled to perform at the amphitheater with informal jamming in the park. Food will be available.
Three hours of celebration through music of railroading. The show features a headline performance by Emily Miller and Jesse Milnes, along with guests Roy Harper and Johnny Bellar, Jimmy Costa, and William Sherman Holestine and Gary Wayne Jordan.
Railroading has its own culture, long shared through folklore and expressed in song. The 2016 Sounds of Railroading Conference, presented by the Center for Railway Tourism at Davis & Elkins College, will capture that heritage as it was reflected in traditional music inspired by trains and railroaders. Four national authorities, eight renown musicians, three days of celebration.