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Swannanoa Gathering concerts return to WWC

Old-Time music in the summertime | photo courtesy WWC

Warren Wilson College serves as the home for the “Swannanoa Gathering”, a series of week-long workshops in the folk arts, which draw students from as far away as Japan, Australia, France and Hong Kong to take classes in everything from fiddle to clogging to storytelling.

Two concerts are scheduled this summer at the College’s Kittredge Theatre.

Old-Time Week Concert I, Monday, July 22 is the first of two concerts featuring old-time musicians, many of whom are familiar faces around Western N.C.

The first concert features top old-time band the New Southern Ramblers; fiddler Bruce Molsky; Week Coordinator Erynn Marshall with Carl Jones; singer and storyteller Sheila Kay Adams; banjoist Ben Nelson; singer Kay Justice; the irrepressible Canote Brothers; banjo player & clogger Evie Ladin; fiddle/banjo player Paul Brown; and dulcimer master Don Pedi.

Old-Time Week Concert II, on Wednesday, July 24 will feature the Hogwire Stringband; banjo picker Rachel Eddy; fiddler Tatiana Hargreaves; singers Kari Sickenberger & Vollie McKenzie, Doug & Darcy Orr, autoharpist John Hollandsworth; dancers Ellie Grace and Thomas Maupin, accompanied by his grandson Daniel Rockwell; banjoist Travis Stuart and singer Ron Pen.

All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $25 per concert. During Old-Time Week, ticket price includes dances following concerts. Children under 12 are $12.

Limited tickets are available in Asheville at Malaprops Bookstore, in Black Mountain at Acoustic Corner, at the Warren Wilson College Store and at the door. The WWC Store is the only vendor accepting credit cards; the rest are check or cash only.

For concert information, call 828-771-3761 or visit the Gathering’s website at