In Transit Blog: Music in the Virginia Mountains

Written By Unknown on Sabtu, 27 September 2014 | 17.35

Photo Dancing at the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival.Credit Ferrum College â€" Blue Ridge Institute & Museum

The 41st Blue Ridge Folklife Festival, set for Oct. 25 in western Virginia, will showcase musicians dedicated to preserving the art and authenticity of regional folk music.

The event will be on the campus of Ferrum College in Ferrum, Va., with more than 20 bands playing throughout the day. The lineup includes sacred music, string-band music (with authentic period instruments like the mandolin, banjo, plucked dulcimer, guitar and fiddle) and blues singers.

Visitors can sample regional food and take to the dance floor. The festival also will have workshops, including "Old-Time Harp Players" featuring harmonica masters.

The founder of the festival, Roddy Moore, said that the centuries-old musical traditions in the Blue Ridge Mountains were the major reason he started the event.

The festival brings together folk musicians once a year, but the traditions are evergreen, Mr. Moore said, noting that the younger generation has become interested in preserving the customs, often holding impromptu jams on porches and other hangouts. "They are now performing in the styles that have longer, deeper roots in communities," he said.

Tickets to the festival are $10 for adults and $5 for children and senior citizens.

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