RiddleFest - NC Blue Ridge

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June 25, 2016 @ 11:00 pm - June 26, 2016 @ 1:00 am


The RiddleFest concert honors the life of Burnsville native Lesley Riddle (1905-1979) and his contributions to country music through his work with A.P. Carter, of the Carter Family. In the late ’20s and early ’30s, Riddle, an African-American musician, traveled with Carter to collect music from the Appalachian Mountains. Riddle worked with Carter to revise the music into songs eventually recorded on the Carter Family’s albums.This year’s RiddleFest theme is Jubilee Revival. The Burnsville Jubilee Choir featuring the Griffith Chapel Singers will headline the concert. The 30-person choir, organized this past spring, comprises choir members from local churches. The choir’s music is rooted in the African-American traditions of spirituals, blues and gospel shout.
Blues singer/songwriter Steve Barnes will open the evening with his original composition “Esley’s Blues,” in honor of Riddle. The first set also includes “Celtalachian” harmony group Thistle Dew and Americana singer Ash Devine.


June 25, 2016 @ 11:00 pm
June 26, 2016 @ 1:00 am


Burnsville Town Center
6 S Main St
Burnsville, NC 28714 United States
(828) 682-7209
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