The mix of multicultural musical roots that West Virginia’s early settlers brought together creates our distinct Appalachian sound, with influences like folk, bluegrass, Celtic, African, blues, gospel and more. Join in on the jams at our unique venues, festivals, events and even informal pickin’ circles where you’ll more than likely be asked to dance or strum along. Aside from authentic mountain music, you’ll be surprised at the variety of genres you’ll hear our musicians playing across the state to eager audiences.

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