WinterFest Smoky Style is proud of the expansion of our festival in many ways, including the addition of live music for the 2016 festival. The acts slated to appear on Saturday, February 27 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds are:
10 a.m. – Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) – The Haywood Arts Council sponsors a terrific program teaching area youth about traditional mountain music of the Appalachians including the fiddle, banjo and guitar. In addition to teaching the musical skills, the program creates opportunity for the youth to perform at various events around the area. We are proud to welcome some of the finest young, local musicians to our stage. To learn more about Haywood County JAM, visit their website.
11 a.m. – Richard Hurley – Hailing from Canton, NC, Richard Hurley is best known for his 1981 song The Ballad of Old Fort Mountain and has a current CD My Mountains, My Songs. He has performed regularly at the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival and the Lunsford Festival, and occasionally at the Shindig-On-The-Green where he serves as one of the MC’s during the summer. Additional information can be found on his website.
12:30 p.m. – Lightnin’ Bugs – The Lightnin’ Bugs are a rocking Americana ensemble fronted by Asheville couple Jenny and Jason Martin. Timeless songs from across genres and decades make up their diverse setlists of indie, classic, and original rock and roll, and Appalachian old-time gospel tunes. Jenny’s warm, powerful vocals and keyboard work interplay with Jason’s acoustic and electric guitars, bass, and ukulele.
2 p.m. – Honey Hollar has performed throughout Western North Carolina at Shindig on the Green, the Folk Arts Center, Smoky Mountain Folk Festival, Feed and Seed, Haywood County Arts Council, Weaverville Art in Autumn, Southern Highland Craft Guild, Bluff Mountain Festival, Biltmore Estate, Stecoah Valley Center, John C. Campbell Folk School, and other events/venues. For more information, visit their website.
3:30 p.m. – ‘Round the Fire – ’round the Fire is a local band comprised of Chris Minick, guitar, vocals and harmonicas, Greg Kidd, bass and Lee Kram, percussion/drums. Members of the group came together in Waynesville from Winston-Salem, Baltimore and St. Louis and have now been together making music for more than four years. The band has developed a body of original material written by singer/songwriter Chris Minick and also plays a wide range of tunes that represent many styles including folk rock, swing, reggae, blues, country, folk and more. This concert will focus primarily on original songs.
5:00 p.m. – One Leg Up – One Leg Up performs a vibrant mixture of upbeat Gypsy Jazz, Latin, Swing and original jazz compositions and is a favorite of club, concert, and festival stages throughout the southeastern United States. Formed in 2003, the group has two CD’s – Gypsy Blue and Pere Lachaise. Additional information can be found on their website.