“Sacred harp singing is an old style of teaching to sing with no prior knowledge. I will be doing one of those classes every day,” Margaret Wright said.
Through the years the local festival has grown, bringing in some of the best dulcimer and old time music artists from around the country to serve as headliners for the concerts and to lead workshops.
Headliners for the three days of concerts this year include: Tull Glazener, Sue Carpenter, Margaret Wright, Wayne Henderson, Dana Hamilton, Lloyd and April Wright, David Lindsey, Mark A. Cruz, Don Pedi, The Rosin Sisters, Beverly Smith, The Dove Brothers, Mac Traynham, Alice Gerrard, Betty Scott, Ann Kirrane and Gerry Handley, Linda Thomas, Dan DeLancey, Tricia Spencer and Howard Rains.
New folks on the block for the festival include Glazener, Kirrane, Hanley and Cruz.
“Wayne Henderson is an internationally known guitarist and luthier (instrument builder) from Virginia. Dan DeLancey is a well-known guitar flat top picker. Linda Thomas plays the hammer dulcimer. Dana Hamilton from Arlington is a two-time national hammer dulcimer champion,” Margaret Wright said talking about some of the performers participating in the festival. “David Lindsey from Oklahoma is a well-known dulcimer builder who has performed all around the country for 25 or 30 years. Dulcimer player Don Pedi from North Carolina plays old time civil tunes up to speed with old time fiddlers. Alice Gerrard is a legendary female performer in bluegrass and traditional old time music who has recordings with Smithsonian Folkways. Her playing buddy is Beverly Smith, a fabulous guitarist who also plays the mandolin.”
Concertinas (free-reed musical instrument similar to accordions and the harmonica) also are included in the festival, having their own headliner, instructor and performer. Kirrane and Hanley are two of the concertina performers.
“The concertinas have their own festival built into our festival,” Margaret Wright said.