In 1916, legendary folklorist Cecil Sharp arrived in Western North Carolina to record and publicize the ballad-singing tradition that had been echoing through Appalachia for generations. A century later, the 21st annual Bluff Mountain Festival is commemorating that historic visit with a ballad-heavy lineup. Celebrated Madison County traditionalist Sheila Kay Adams’ headlining performance will include an onstage interview about her local musical upbringing conducted by radio host and music teacher Paul Brown. And between sets by openers like Betty Smith, Joe Penland and the Madison County Ballad Singers, festival guests can peruse even more mountain-flavored attractions: an arts and crafts market, food and a silent auction showcasing regional goods. Hot Springs Resort and Spa hosts the Bluff Mountain Festival on Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Proceeds benefit the Madison County Arts Council. madisoncountyarts.com. Photo courtesy of Adams
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