High Cove Music Festival Saturday July 26

Open mic and potluck at 5, then featured performers at 7 pm. Featuring Laura Blackley, Rhonda Gouge and Roan Mountain Range, and Passerine. Rain or shine at Firefly Lodge. $10 suggested donation. 

Open Mic (sign-up starting 4:30p) and Potluck (5:00 – 6:45)

Laura Blackley is a musician, writer, farmer, radio host, and renaissance woman living in the beautiful mountains of Western NC. She hosts and produces two shows for WNCW–Local Color, which spotlights music from throughout WNCW’s listening area, and Southern Sirens, celebrating the formidable contributions made by southern women, past and present, to the world of music. In addition to her soulful and “folkie” solo performances, she has performed with close harmony trio, the Swayback Sisters.

Rhonda Gouge & Roan Mountain Range
Rhonda Gouge is a Blue Ridge National Heritage Area artist who was born in McDowell County and now lives in Mitchell County. She has played the guitar since she was a little girl, recorded with Blue Ridge Heritage Award winner, Red Wilson, and has performed extensively throughout the region. Not only is she an extraordinary performer of old-time and bluegrass music, she has been pursuing an M.A. in Appalachian Studies and she is a multi-instrumentalist in great demand as a music teacher for students interested in guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, or bass.

Passerine is a four piece acoustic folk band currently living most of the time in Sarasota, FL. Their harmony-driven music is difficult to pigeon hole except as “Americana,” offering a mix of traditional folk and bluegrass tunes with a repertoire of original songs. This will be the third time their summer tour has brought them to High Cove. Passerine has been featured at most of the major festivals in Florida, released their second CD in 2013, and has toured extensively across the southeast over the past 3 years.

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