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7th Annual "Music of the Mountains" Begins April 8 in the National Park

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Roan Mountain Hilltoppers. (Image courtesy of Great Smoky Mountains National Park)

GATLINBURG -- Great Smoky Mountains National Park's 7th annual "Music of the Mountains" celebration is set for April 8th through the 10th. Over the years, this event has grown to span an entire weekend with performances of traditional music in neighboring communities, including an entire day of free music at the Sugarlands Visitor Center on April 9th.

The three-day event begins with a concert of Celtic music on Friday at 7:00 p.m. at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend, Tenn. General admission is $5. The "Music of the Mountains" program continues on Saturday with a series of free performances of old-time mountain music during the day at the Park's Sugarlands Visitor Center. This year the event will end on Sunday with an afternoon at the Smoky Mountain Visitor Center in Cosby, Tenn., where traditional Appalachian religious music will be celebrated. General admission is $4.

At Sugarlands Visitor Center, six programs are planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. These are all free of charge and open to the public. This year there will be a special program by Dr. Ted Olson who will not only share his repertoire of old-time music, but he will also talk about the partnership to preserve recordings made in the Park in 1939, recently published on CD by Great Smoky Mountains Association as Old Time Smoky Mountain Music.

"The Park has offered the 'Music of the Mountains' festival since 2005 to share with our visitors the rich musical traditions of the Southern Appalachians," said Supervisory Park Ranger Kent Cave. "This year we are very excited about including a Cocke County component which will focus on traditional mountain hymns, shaped note singing, and the religious music of old-time string bands. It is a fitting way to conclude the music festival," said Cave.

The schedule of events are:
April 8 - Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, Townsend
Admission: $5

7 pm – Celtic Music by "The Good Times Ceilidh Band". Arrive early to enjoy Art on the Porch with members of the Townsend Artisan's Guild.

April 9 - Sugarlands Visitor Center, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Admission is free

10 am- Mountain Strings
11 am – Boogertown Gap Band
12 pm – Tony Thomas
1 pm – The Roan Mountain Hilltoppers
2 pm – Ted Olson
3 pm – The Roan Mountain Hilltoppers
4 pm – Brien Fain

April 10 - Smoky Mountain Visitor Center, Cosby
Admission: $4

2pm-4pm - Heritage, harps and hymns – traditional offerings from Cocke County

Published March 30, 2011

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