Jamming on the Square

Musicians start gathering on Friday afternoon of Bear Festival weekend. Acoustic jams are everywhere on the city square. Bring a chair, find someone playing your favorite music and join in. We do the old fiddle tunes, country and bluegrass. Bring your guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, bass, lap dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, autoharp, mouth harp, jews harp. By Sunday afternoon, your fingers are tired, vocal cords worn out, leg sore from tapping your toes. It's time to go home after the best music jam yet. 'Till next year.

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Instrument Sitting

After hours of 'picking' on the Square, now you can take a break without carrying around your instrument. At the Information Booth on the Square, we will provide 'Instrument Sitting.' Just like a coat check at the fancy clubs, we will give a token and you can reclaim your case when you return. Be sure to put a card with your name and number inside the case.


John C. Campbell Folk School Musicians Host Music Jams

Several musicians affiliated with the John C. Campbell Folk School will be playing in the Folk School booth/tent area of the Marketplace from 10am-12:30pm and 1:30-3pm on both Saturday and Sunday. David Liden, Annie Fain Barralon, Emolyn Liden and Martha Owen, all from Brasstown, NC, will host an Old-Time Music Jam, and Geoff Hohwald and Rick Taylor, both from Atlanta, will host a Bluegrass Music Jam.

Bear on the Square Festival video by Dave Moser

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