Folkways Tent

Saturday, Sept 17. FSU Upper Quad

Appalachian Dance Workshop11 AM Appalachian Dance Workshop with the Barnstormers & the RockCandy Cloggers

Bring your hard-soled shoes and learn the basic steps of Appalachian flat footing. The RockCandy Cloggers are experienced instructors, having taught and performed regionally and internationally. Traditionally, many of the tunes that became or remained popular in Appalachia and the U.S. were dance tunes. Audience participation is encouraged. All skills are welcome!

Dulcimer Workshop with Anne and Amy Lough

12 PM Dulcimer Workshop with Anne and Amy Lough

Mother and daughter duo Anne and Amy Lough invited festival attendees to come try their hand at playing a tune or two on the beautiful Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer. No musical experience is necessary to be able to play a tune or two and sound great from the beginning. With over thirty-five years’ experience in performance and education Anne Lough’s excellence as a performer, her artistic interpretation, sensitive playing style, versatility, creative arranging and skill as an instructor have earned her international acclaim. She’s shared that love of music with her daughter, Amy, who has become a talented dulcimer and singer in her own right.

Ben Townsend- West Virginia Strings

1 PM Ben Townsend - West Virginia Strings

Hampshire county native, Ben Townsend has traveled across the country and around the world spreading his take on traditional Appalachian music. Ben performs a rich blend of old-time music on banjo and fiddle infused with humor and history. Come with an open mind and leave with a better understanding of the region and its music.

Footworks Percussive Dance Workshop

2 PM Footworks Percussive Dance Workshop

Footworks brings a wealth of teaching experience to conducting participation workshops in many styles, making dance accessible and enjoyable for everyone. Join Footworks as they demonstrate and teach simple steps in Southern Appalachian clogging, hambone, and Irish step dance and lead the audience in traditional American and Irish social dances that are easy and fun for all!

Songs of Social Change with Sparky and Rhonda Rucker3 PM Songs of Social Change with Sparky and Rhonda Rucker

Movements for justice have produced some of our most inspiring songs and stories. In this program, Sparky and Rhonda Rucker trace the nation’s struggles from the Underground Railroad through the battles for women’s suffrage and workers’ rights and into the civil rights movement. Sparky got his start in folk music playing freedom songs at rallies alongside such luminaries as Guy Carawan, Pete Seeger, and Bernice Reagon. In addition, he helped to gain benefits for coal miners in Southern Appalachia. He brings an authenticity to the music that can only be obtained by first-hand experience.


 Understanding the Push and Pull of Appalachia to Create a Resilient Future4 PM Understanding the Push and Pull of Appalachia to Create a Resilient Future

Frostburg State University Honors students enrolled in the Learning Community, “Engaging Communities,” are conducting a community listening project focusing on the Push and Pull of Appalachia. Please stop by their session to talk about the conditions that push residents to leave and those that compel them to stay- or even relocate to the region. Students are especially interested in hearing stories of Appalachian resilience and hearing from community members about what changes they’d like to see made in Mountain Maryland. Aspects of this listening project will be featured in an Exhibit at the Allegany Museum in partnership with a Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit hosted by the Maryland Humanities Council.