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Our 45th Celebration of Traditional Music Schedule *

All events are free and open to the public, except the Friday and Saturday evening concert (admission free with Berea College ID, $10 general admission, free admission for kids under age 10).

Performers and Presenters:

  • Bruce Greene & koreloy mcwhirter
  • Rhonda & Sparky Rucker
  • The Lonetones
    • Acoustic (Steph Gunnoe, Sean McCollough, and Cecilia Miller)
    • Electric (Steph Gunnoe, Sean McCollough, Jamie Cook, and Vince Ilagan)
  • Kathy Bullock and E. J. Stokes
  • Berea College’s Blue Grass Ensemble
  • Berea College’s Folk and Roots Ensemble

Thursday, October 25

3:00 – 4:15 – Phelp Stokes

  • Love Makes a Home: The Life of Rebecca Boone   In Kiesa Kay’s historical play, Rebecca, the main character, a trail-blazing midwife, shares her memories from 1811. Rebecca didn’t have a home to keep, but her adventures with her husband, legendary American frontiersman Daniel Boone, made up for what was missing. Old time fiddler Bruce Greene will perform tunes from the area crossed by the Boones.

Friday, October 26

Noon – 1:00 – Loyal Jones Appalachian Center

  • Dinner on the Grounds with Bruce Greene, “Traditional Fiddle Music from Southeast Kentucky.”  Focusing on early fiddling in this region, Bruce will play and compare tune and styles from several older generations of fiddlers.”

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

  • Sam Gleaves, “Appalachian Song”: Lift your voice in old time songs from the mountains, including ballads, light-hearted numbers, and sacred songs. Come ready to sing. Lyrics will be provided.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Loyal Jones Appalachian Center

  • Kathy Bullock and E. J. Stokes, “Passing It On: Tradition and African-American Gospel”

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

  • Celebration of Traditional Music Concert featuring
    • Bruce Greene and koreloy mcwhirter
    • Sparky and Rhonda Rucker
    • The Lonetones, Acoustic
    • Berea College Blue Grass Ensemble
    • Sam Gleaves

Saturday October 27

1:00 PM – 1:50 PM – Loyal Jones Appalachian Center

  • “Let Freedom Ring: Songs and Stories of Social Change” with Sparky and Rhonda Rucker.  Movements for justice have produced some of our most inspiring songs and stories.  In this workshop, Sparky and Rhonda trace the nation’s struggles from slavery through the battles for women’s suffrage and worker’s rights and into the Civil Rights movement.

2:00 PM – 2:50 PM – Loyal Jones Appalachian Center

  • “Some Techniques of Traditional Fiddling in Southeast Kentucky” with Bruce Greene.  Bruce will demonstrate and talk about what makes fiddling from this region distinctive. With enough time, he will teach a tune as well.

3:00 PM – 3:50 PM – Loyal Jones Appalachian Center

  • “fierce irreverent devotion ~  drawing, printmaking, poetry, letterpress” with koreloy mcwhirter

4:00 PM – 4:50 PM – Loyal Jones Appalachian Center

  • “Growing Tradition” with the Sean McCollough and Steph Gunnoe. Recent attention paid to the significant historical influence of African-American music and musicians on the traditional music of Appalachia has furthered the discussion of what exactly is “tradition,” how is it made and how does it change. In this workshop, Steph and Sean will explore the notion of “growing tradition” through both a historical lens and the lens of the ever-changing style of their band the Lonetones.

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Phelps Stokes Chapel

  • Concert featuring
    • Bruce Greene and koreloy mcwhirter
    • Sparky  and Rhonda Rucker
    • The Lonetones, Electric
    • The Berea College Folk Roots Ensemble
    • Kathy Bullock and E. J. Stokes
    • Sam Gleaves

Sunday October 28

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM – Union Church

  • Hymn Sing with Bruce Greene, koreloy mcwhirter, Rhonda and Sparky Rucker, Sean McCollough and Steph Gunnoe, and Sam Gleaves, led by Deborah Thompson.
* Schedule is subject to change.


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