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Music of the Mountains to fill Great Smoky Mountains National Park at annual festival

GATLINBURG -- Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be filled with "Music of the Mountains" at its 8th annual celebration of this popular music festival April 20-22, 2012.

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Boogertown Gap will be featured musicians at the 8th annual "Music of the Mountains" in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The entire weekend will feature performances of traditional music in nearby towns of Townsend and Cosby. A full day of free music will also be held at the Sugarlands Visitor Center on April 21st.

Starting off the three-day event will be a concert of Celtic music by the Good Thymes Ceilidh Band on Friday at 7:00 p.m. at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend, Tenn. General admission is $5.

Saturday will bring about a series of free performances of old-time mountain music during the day at the Park's Sugarlands Visitor Center.

Back again this year will be a Sunday afternoon program at the Smoky Mountain Visitor Center in Cosby, Tenn., where traditional Appalachian religious music will be showcased. General admission is $4.

At Sugarlands Visitor Center, six programs are planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (see schedule below). They are all free of charge and open to the public. The students of the East Tennessee State University Old Time Band will be performing at the event for the very first time this year. The group will play two sets, at 2 and 3 pm.

"The park has offered the 'Music of the Mountains' festival since 2005 to share with our visitors the region's rich musical traditions of the era before modern bluegrass and country music," said supervisory park ranger Kent Cave. "We are delighted to continue partnerships with our neighbors in Cosby and Townsend that present various types of music played here in the southern mountains," said Cave.

Schedule of Events:

April 20 - Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, Townsend, Admission: $5

7 pm – Celtic Music by "The Good Thymes Ceilidh Band;" arrive early to enjoy Art on the Porch with members of the Townsend Artisans Guild.

April 21 - Sugarlands Visitor Center, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Admission is free

10 am- Lost Mill String Band
11 am – Brien Fain
12 pm – Boogertown Gap Band
1 pm – Tony Thomas
2 pm – ETSU Old-Time Band
3 pm – ETSU Old-Time Band
4 pm – Mountain Strings

April 22 - Smoky Mountain Visitor Center, Cosby
Admission: $4

2 pm-4 pm – "Heritage, Harps and Hymns" – traditional offerings from Cocke County.

Published April 14, 2012

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