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First international Song Farmers festival being held at Museum of Appalachia

NORRIS,TN - A new music festival and conference called “The Gathering” is set for September 26 and 27, 2015 at the historic Museum of Appalachia in Norris, TN. The event will feature Song Farmers. This first international WoodSongs Gathering celebration of front porch music will be held on eleven beautiful acres at the Museum’s cabin village of over 40 log structures and porches. Concerts, artist showcases, workshops, lectures, films, a children's stage, great food and a lot of community sharing is planned.

The WoodSongs Front Porch Association (WFPA) is a membership supported, international community of artists, writers, performers, painters and front porch pickers, referred to as "Song Farmers," who want to re-energize rural music in schools, homes, and hometowns. The WFPA is sponsoring the festival and conference, called “The Gathering”. The proceeds of membership support the music festival, full of front porch workshops, concerts and artist showcase stages, benefit several music projects complete with lesson plans that are free to schools, colleges and home school families.

All WFPA members get free tickets to attend both days of The Gathering.

“We couldn’t be more excited to partner with the Museum of Appalachia,” says folksinger Michael Johnathon. “They have a long, historic legacy of preserving America’s front porch heritage and this will be a perfect setting for musicians, artists and other Song Farmers who want to enhance their music and their communities.”

The Museum of Appalachia was established to preserve Appalachia heritage and instill in the community — regionally, nationally, and internationally — a greater knowledge of, and appreciation for the Appalachian heritage. The museum is located 16 miles north of Knoxville, one mile east of I-75, Exit 122. Campgrounds and hotel lodging are nearby. For additional information, call 865-494-7680 or visit the website,
The public is invited and encouraged to bring their families, instruments, songs and stories. Information about WFPA annual membership, The Gathering, the WFPA Classroom effort and how to bring front porch music into your community can be found at

Published July 20, 2015

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