Music on the Square

Musicians start gathering Friday afternoon—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 wore out, leg is sore from tapping your toes - time to go home after the best music jam yet. 'Till next year.

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Folk School Musicians

At this year's festival, several musicians affiliated with the John C. Campbell Folk School will be playing in the Folk School's booth/tent area of the Artist Marketplace from 10:00am-12:30pm and 1;30-3:00pm on both Saturday and Sunday. David Liden, Geraud Barralon and Annie Fain Barralon, 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.

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. Still, you should put a card with your name and number inside the case, so you shouldn't leave with a better instrument than you came with. - The Management.


Bear on the Square Festival video by Dave Moser

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