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Our 48th Celebration of Traditional Music (CTM) Schedule *

Most events will take place virtually this year. Stay tuned for more information on where to watch. No need to RSVP. Events are free and open to the pubic.

Performers and Presenters:

  • John McCutcheon
  • Lois Hornbostel and Ehukai Tevis
  • Walt Michael and Company
  • Earl White
  • Elizabeth LaPrelle
  • The Lua Project
  • Theo and Brenna
  • David Holt
  • Warren May

Thursday, October 14

Convocation with John McCutcheon , 8:00 PM, Phelps Stokes

  • This is an in-person concert. Masks are required and attendees must have the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • John McCutcheon is an American folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has produced 41 albums since the 1970s. He has brought his music into the lives and homes of one of the broadest audiences any folk musician has ever enjoyed. People of every generation and background seem to feel at home in a concert hall when John McCutcheon takes the stage with what critics describe as “little feats of magic,” “breathtaking in their ease and grace…,” and “like a conversation with an illuminating old friend.”

Friday October 15

Virtual Concert| 8:00|



Earl White – dean of African-American string band music
Riley Melton – a fine young fiddler from the Pick’n Bow program in Hindman, Kentucky
Local Hero Award: master dulcimer maker Warren May
Lois Hornbostel and Ehukai Tevis – mountain dulcimer icons. Our L. Allen Smith performers.
Walt Michael and Company – Old-time, bluegrass, and folk

Saturday Oct 16

Music on the Story Trail, 1:00 PM

Join us on the Berea Story Trail for live music by the Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble and a puppet show by Richard Brown. The story trail will feature Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors” with activities for kids of all ages.

Virtual Concert| 8:00|


Elizabeth LaPrelle – master of Appalachian ballad singing
Lua Project – Mexilachian music reflecting the Latinx experience in Appalachia
Lifetime Achievement Award: David Holt – banjo player, sideman to Doc Watson, radio host, and servant of traditional music
Theo and Brenna – Bluegrass from two of Berea College’s proudest graduates

Sunday October 17

3:00 pm, Gray Auditorium

  • This concert is open to campus only. Vaccinations and masks are required. We will will feature some of Berea College’s diverse array of traditional music ensembles in the college’s first Traditional Music Showcase. The Bluegrass Ensemble, Black Music Ensemble, Folk-Roots Ensemble, Berea Country Dancers, African-Latin Percussion Ensemble, and members of Mariachi Berea will perform.
* Schedule is subject to change.


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