Date: April 17, 2014 Contact: Kent Cave, (865) 436-1262
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.
The three-day event begins with a concert of Celtic music by The Good Thymes Ceilidh Bandon Friday at 7:00 p.m.at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend, Tennessee. General admission is $5. Music of the Mountainscontinueson Saturdaywith a series of free performances of old-time mountain music at the park's Sugarlands Visitor Center. Programs are planned from10:00 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 at1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
New this year, in celebration of National Junior Ranger Day,Music of the Mountainswill present a special Junior Ranger Program led by Boogertown Gap at1:00 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 from7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. TheSundayafternoon program at the Smoky Mountain Visitor Center in Cosby, Tennessee, will feature traditional Appalachian religious music with an old fashioned community sing along from2:00 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. "TheMusic of the Mountainsfestival 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 7:00 p.m.– Celtic Music by The Good Thymes Ceilidh Band
♦ April 26- Sugarlands Visitor Center, Great Smoky Mountains National Park Admission is free
10:00 a.m.Lost Mill String Band .
11:00 a.m.Boogertown Gap
12:00 NoonBrien Fain
1:00 and 2:00 p.m.Roan Mountain Hilltoppers
3:00 p.m.Mountain Strings
Special Program for Junior Rangers at 1:00 p.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.
Did You Know?
What lives in Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Although the question sounds simple, it is actually extremely complex. Right now scientists think that we only know about 17 percent of the plants and animals that live in the park, or about 17,000 species of a probable 100,000 different organisms.