Annual Music of the Mountains Festival scheduled

by Apr 18, 2014Happenings0 comments

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will hold its 10th annual Music of the Mountains celebration Friday, April 25 through Sunday, April 27.  This event now spans 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 26.


Traditional banjo player Brien Fain plays a tune at last year's Music of the Mountains Festival.  (NPS photo)

Traditional banjo player Brien Fain plays a tune at last year’s Music of the Mountains Festival. (NPS photo)

The three-day event begins with 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, Tennessee. General admission is $5. Music of the Mountains continues on Saturday with a series of free performances of old-time mountain music at the park’s Sugarlands Visitor Center. Programs are planned from 10:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. The park will welcome back the world famous Roan Mountain Hilltoppers – a family that has been playing traditional music for generations. The band will play two sets at 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.

New this year, in celebration of National Junior Ranger Day, Music of the Mountains will present a special Junior Ranger Program led by Boogertown Gap at 1:00 p.m. in the Sugarlands Training Room. Kids will learn how to play the spoons and the washtub bass.

The Bluegrass music of Outta’ the Blue can be heard on the plaza outside of the Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies on Saturday evening from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  The Sunday afternoon program at the Smoky Mountain Visitor Center in Cosby, Tennessee, will feature traditional Appalachian religious music with an old fashioned community sing along from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. General admission is $4. 

“Nothing speaks to the soul like music. And nothing better conveys the essence of our Appalachian mountain heritage,” said Park Ranger Kent Cave.  “The Music of the Mountains festival tries to keep the traditions of “homemade entertainment” alive, and this year we are happy to offer a Junior Ranger program that connects kids to this legacy.”

The schedule of events:

April 25 – Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, Townsend

Admission: $ 5

7p.m. – Celtic Music by The Good Thymes Ceilidh Band


April 26 – Sugarlands Visitor Center, Great Smoky Mountains National Park     

Admission is free

10a.m. Lost Mill String Band  .

11a.m. Boogertown Gap

12 Noon Brien Fain

1pm and 2p.m. Roan Mountain Hilltoppers

3p.m. Mountain Strings


Special Program for Junior Rangers at 1p.m.

Join Keith Watson and Ruth Barber of the band Boogertown Gap in the Sugarlands Training Room (below the restrooms) and learn to play the spoons and the washtub bass. This hands-on program is a part of National Junior Ranger Day celebration.


April 26- Plaza at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, Gatlinburg

Admission is Free

7p.m.- 8:30pm – Outta’ the Blue


April 27 – Smoky Mountain Visitor Center, Cosby          

Admission: $4

2-4p.m. – “Heritage, Harps and Hymns” – traditional offerings from Cocke County

 – NPS