The Bascom Lamar Lunsford, Minstrel of the Appalachians Festival
Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

The Bascom Lamar Lunsford, Minstrel of the Appalachians Festival

I'll be co-odinating the Ballad Swap at 1:30 in the Petersen Conference Center.  shis year promises to be one of the exciting ever with a stage full of singers ranging in age from 15 to 93.  This is one of the few old-time ballad swaps  left at  North Carolina festivals now.  Mr. Lunsford was an avid "love Song" collector and always promoted and protected our WNC Ballad Tradition.  Don't miss it!

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May
19
7:30 PM19:30

'A Few Days Before Christmas' with Cathy Arrowood

Joe explores the story of another North Carolina murder mystery, the story of Frankie Silver and her execution for the murder and dismembering of her husband.  Of course, there will be plenty of his stories and songs of life in the WNC Mountains.  Join Joe and Cathy for another evening of Ballads, Songs and Stories at the Historic Mars Hill Radio Theater, 70 North Main St.  Mars Hill, NC .  Call the Madison County Arts Council at 98280 649-1301 OR ONLINE AT www.madisoncountyarts.com to reserve your tickets now.

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Annual Remembrance of the Keepers of the Old Songs
Sep
17
3:00 PM15:00

Annual Remembrance of the Keepers of the Old Songs

Come sit in this beautiful chapel with angelic acoustics while we enjoy photographs, songs and stories of the wonderful singers and musicians who became my mentors.  Usually there are several family members and well known ballad singers who show up and add their experiences and stories of these wonderful people who are always with us in spirit.

Come early and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the magical place before the program.

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That Ole Time Religion
Jul
30
11:00 AM11:00

That Ole Time Religion

A story of how the mountain ballad tradition and meeting house songs co-existed and flourished; in spite of fierce opposition by missionaries who came into the valleys and coves of Madison County, North Carolina in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Madison Mayfest
May
20
6:00 PM18:00

Madison Mayfest

 

 

Come join Pierce Edens, Ashley Heath and me at Marshall High Studios On the island for the gala event of the year sponsored by the Community Housing Coalition of Madison County!  Fine food and drink, Great Fun, and an opportunity to learn more about the great work the CHC does here in Madison County. 
Buy your tickets and learn more details at: chcmadisoncountync.org
 

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Good Stuff,  Under Cover
May
7
3:00 PM15:00

Good Stuff, Under Cover

Come join me at Good Stuff for a Sunday afternoon concert of songs I have written and cover of tunes from my favorite songwriters and singers.  I love the opportunity to step out of my "comfort zone".  For those of you who have only seen my "traditional ballad, songs and story shows",  I think you will enjoy my alternate persona.  Good Stuff:  Good Food, Drink and FUN! 

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Live on wART Radio
Apr
18
2:00 PM14:00

Live on wART Radio

I'll be joining Donna Levine, host of Loose Talk and Music on Tuesday, April 18th at 2 PM EDT. We'll talk about songwriting and story telling and how the culture and music of the Appalachian Mountains have shaped my life and career.  You can listen at 95.5 FM locally and at wartime.org to live stream.  It'll be lots of fun and I will give some hints regarding my new show and 2017 season.

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Oct
9
3:00 PM15:00

Music of the Carolinas

Joe in concert as part of the Music of the Carolinas Series at the North Carolina Museum of History, Daniels Auditorium, 5 East Denton Street, Raleigh, NC at 3:00PM. It will be an afternoon of mountain ballads, stories and songs.  Joe's stories of the English folksong collector, Cecil Sharp's visit to Madison County and the Great flood of 1916 make 100 years appear to just a moment in time.   For more information call (919) 664-8333 x103 or email: communications@pinecone.org

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Oct
1
2:00 PM14:00

The Bascom Lamar Lunsford, Minstrel of the Appalachians Festival

This great festival is held at Mars Hill University.  A whole day of music, food, arts and crafts on the campus mall; a old fashion Ballad and Story Swap and other special events celebrating the 100th anniversary of the English Folk Song Collector Cecil Sharp's visit to the singers of Madison County NC.  An evening indoor concert begins at 7:00 PM featuring the finest musicians and singers the Appalachian Mountains have to offer.

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Sep
11
3:00 PM15:00

Celebrating the Singers of the Old Songs

Mountain Ballads, Songs and Stories of the Laurel Singers who gave them to me at The Church of the Little Flower, 121 Chandler Creek Rd., Marshall, NC.  This is always a great time in a wonderful venue that has been called an instrument in itself.  I'll have photos of these wonderful people who have gone on and who knows who might be there to help out. Primitive facilities in a beautiful mountain setting.

 

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Sep
10
7:30 PM19:30

Celebrating Cecil Sharp's Visit to Madison County

A special evening in celebration of Cecil Sharp’s 1916 visit to Madison County in search of songs and stories.

7:30pm At the Arts Center in Marshall

Featuring Sheila Kay Adams, Betty Smith, Joe Penland, & Donna Ray Norton,

Madison County Arts Council, 90 South Main StreetMarshall, NC 28753 Phone: 828-649-1301.   Information:  www.madisoncountyarts.com.

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