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Our 44th Celebration of Traditional Music Schedule *

All events are free and open to the public, except the Saturday evening concert (admission free with Berea College ID, $10 general admission, free admission for kids under age 10) and the Oh Contraire Contra Dance (see below)

Performers and Presenters:

  • Chris Brashear
  • Jim Watson
  • Alice Gerrard (unfortunately, Alice will not be able to be at this year’s CTM because she is recovering from a cold)
  • Sarah Wood
  • Elizabeth DiSavino
  • Loyal Jones
  • Silas House
  • Sam Gleaves
  • Jairis Adelayde Carter
  • Carla Gover
  • Jason Howard
  • Deborah Payne

Thursday October 26

Start this year’s Celebration of Traditional Music by attending In These Fields: A Folk Opera written by Silas House and Sam Gleaves.  ($10 suggested donation, which goes to fund the show and Union Church)

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Location Union Church

  • A play exploring the importance of food in Appalachian history and culture, covering 175 years in the American South. The monologues are written by best-selling author, Silas House, and the songs are written by Appalachian singer and songwriter Sam Gleaves. The cast includes:  Carla Gover, Deborah Payne, Jason Howard, Silas House, and Sam Gleaves.  

Friday October 27

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Stephenson Hall, Appalachian Center Gallery, Appalachian Ballad Symposium

  • 12:00 – 1:00  Loyal Jones,  “Appalachian Ballads & My Four Jocular Heroes”
    • A light lunch will be served
    • Book signing and clean up to follow
  • 1:30 – 2:15     Elizabeth DiSavino, “Double Jeopardy:  Lasting Assumptions in English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians”
  • 2:30 – 3:15   Chris Brashear, “Ballads and Singers from the Ozarks Region”
  • 3:30 – 4:30   Head of the Hollow: Public Interview with Alice Gerrard and Chris Brashear with Liza DiSavino and AJ
  • 6:00 – 7:30   Jamming at LJAC lead by Donna Lamb

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Phelps-Stokes Chapel

  • Appalachian Ballad Concert featuring:  Alice Gerrard and Chris Brashear, Sarah Wood, Hannah From, the Berea Folk Roots Ensemble, and the Berea Blue Grass Ensemble

Saturday October 28

1:00 PM – 5:00PM – Stephenson Hall (rooms to be posted in Stephenson front foyer)

  • 1:00 – 1:50   Introduction to Clawhammer Banjo (Etowah Adams and Hanna From)
  • 2:00 – 2:50  Ballad Sing Along (Sarah Wood)
    • Join Sarah in singing a variety of ballads from Appalachia, Ireland, England, and Scotland.  A lyric booklet will be provided.
  • 3:00 – 4:30  Ballads and Contemporary Songwriting, a Talk (Chris Brashear)
    • Chris will talk about their interest in ballads and traditional music and how it has influenced their songwriting.  They will also sing some classic ballads that are known or sung in a duet style.

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Phelps-Stokes Chapel

  • Concert featuring:  Chris Brashear and Jim Watson, Sarah Wood, and The Georgia Pick & Bow Old-time Band (Hannah From, Selu Adams, Etowah Adams, Eli Stinson)

8:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Acton Folk Center (212 Jefferson St.)

Sunday October 29

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM – Union Church

  • Hymn Sing with Sarah Wood, Chris Brashear, Jim Watson, Hannah From, Selu Adams, Etowah Adams, Eli Stinson.  Led by Deborah Thompson.
* Schedule is subject to change.


The CTM is supported by the L. Allen Smith Memorial Fund