“Music of the Mountains” is a festival of musical traditions of the southern Appalachian Mountains, showcasing the evolution of mountain music over time. Musical expression was and still is often a part of daily life in the southern mountains, and mountain music is tied to Smokies history like no other part of the culture. This year's concert will include Dr. Ted Olson on the origins of Appalachian mountain music, Tony Thomas on a variety of stringed instruments, the claw hammer banjo and old-time fiddle styles of Matt Morelock and Brian Vollmer, the string band ensemble of Roger Howell from Mars Hill, NC, and perennial favorites Boogertown Gap and the Lost Mill String Band. The performances are held at Sugarlands Visitor Center from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and are free to the public. Seating in the theater at Sugarlands is limited to 160 persons per concert, and is on a first come, first served basis. Call (865)436-1291 for details.
10:00 AM Lost Mill String Band
11:00 AM Tony Thomas
12:00 PM Dr. Ted Olson
1:00 PM Boogertown Gap
2:00 PM-- 4:00 PM Matt Morelock and Brian
Vollmer (two 45 minute sets)
4:00 PM Roger Howell and Friends