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Traditional Musicians Come Together for Blue Ridge Folklife Festival
October 27, 2007

For immediate release:
September 27, 2007
Contact: Roddy Moore (540) 365-4415
rmooore@ferrum.edu

 This year’s Blue Ridge Folklife Festival will once again feature regional and national music on multiple stages on Saturday, October 27th on the Ferrum College campus.  New this year will be the “Music of Coal” stage featuring western Virginia musicians singing about the mining life.  String bands, bluegrass bands, ballad singers, bluesmen, even a rockabilly piano player will perform on three different music stages from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Take a listen to some of the traditional artists who will be performing this year

“Key to the Highway” by Boo Hanks
“Bill Bailey” by Bobby Pendleton
“Cherokee Shuffle” by Anderson & Stickland
“Back Up & Push” by Jeff Little
“Step It Up and Go” by Jeffrey Scott
“Be Careful How You Treat Me” by Larnell Starkey & the Spiritual Seven
 “Redneck War” by Ron Short
“Don’t Drink Nothin’ But Corn” by Wolfe Brothers

A major venue on the Crooked Road Music Trail, the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival has been called “thoroughly authentic” by the New York Times and the Southeast Tourism Society has twice named the event one of the “Top Twenty Events in the Southeast.”

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children (ages 6- 16) and the rate has been reduced to $5 for senior citizens.  For additional information, contact the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum at (540) 365-4416 or visit http://www.blueridgeinstitute.org/festivals.htm  The Blue Ridge Folklife Festival is located on Route 40, 10 miles west of Rocky Mount, VA.

    Ferrum College is a four-year, private, co-educational, liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Ferrum offers a choice of nationally recognized bachelor’s degree programs at a cost well below the national average for private colleges. For more information on Ferrum, visit www.ferrum.edu.
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