Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia


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Saturday, April 15, 2017
Noon to Five - Rain or Shine!
Outdoor Stage
[Historic Gym if inclement weather]
Admission $10.00 Individual
Child (16 and under) free!

The third annual Blue Ribbon Bluegrass Festival offers the best in bluegrass and family fun. The Freight Hoppers, Good in the Kitchen and the Elliott Sperin Trio are featured bluegrass artists in this fun-for-the-whole-family event complete with egg hunt, zucchini races, artist vendors, delicious food and more!

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets - if the weather doesn't co-operate we'll join forces in our Historic Gym. For tickets and information call (706) 878-3300 or click on the PURCHASE TICKETS button on this page.

Blue Ribbon Bluegrass Schedule
11:00 Box Office opens
11:00- 5:00 Music and Artist Vendors
12:00- 3:00 Kids' Activities
11:00- 3:00 Lunch is served in Community Hall
11:00- 1:30 Enter pickle and pie contest
2:00 Winners of pickle and pie contests announced
12:00- 1:00 Elliott Sperin Trio
1:30- 2:30 Good In The Kitchen
3:00 - 5:00 The Freight Hoppers
Kids' Activities
12:00 Easter Egg Hunt
12:00- 2:30 Scavenger Hunt Activities, Build Rabbit Feet, Build a Banana Car, Face Painting
1:15 Easter Rabbit Foot Parade
2:30 Banana Car Races


The Freight Hoppers

The Freight Hoppers are a four-piece string band presenting hard-driving Old Time music with an emotional, raw excitement that keeps one foot planted in the past and the other in the present. Of course that's only when they keep their feet still!

The band started presenting their energetic take on fiddle band music four times a day, seven days a week at the Great Smoky Mountains Railway shortly after forming in 1992. Their repertoire includes music that was first recorded in the late 1920's and early 1930's and spans geographically from Mississippi to West Virginia.

The heart of the band is the fiddle and clawhammer banjo combo of Merritt Smith and Frank Lee, while the rhythm section of Allie Burbrink on guitar and Andy Smith on string bass hold down the ensemble. Based out of the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, The Freight Hoppers draw from a deep source of rural southern music for their inspiration, and they are proud to present this music that is still meaningful today.

Good In The Kitchen

A group of gals who can cook it up just right. Each one brings her own distinctive hint of spice to the mix and the result is a highly seasoned array of musical delight. Ann Whitley-Singleton brings fiddle, guitar, vocals, and sometimes, even ukelele to this great mix of sound. Debbielee Whelchel, clawhammer banjo, also plays bass and she can sing up a storm. A founding member of the Georgia Pick and Bow Traditional Music School, Sarrah Ellen McDonald, is a powerful singer and also plays piano, guitar, fiddle and bass. Lisa Deaton, or LD as she is frequently called, sings. After moving to North Georgia in 1981, she became acquainted with the oldtime/Appalachian and Irish traditions and is also an accomplished guitarist, bassist and pianist.

All four of these talented women have a well-defined love for music, particularly that of the southern Appalachian region, and they approach this body of work with the reverence, humor, and joy that it so richly deserves.

Elliott Sperin

A local White County high school graduate, Elliott Sperin is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in old-time music. Though only 19, he has developed a love for claw-hammer banjo and Appalachian folk music.

Elliott strives to keep traditional Appalachian songs energized and youthful while maintaining the deep roots of the music. He is the current old-time banjo champion for the state of Georgia.

In the News

The Times in Gainesville printed a story about the SNCA third annual Blue Ribbon Bluegrass Festival in the Thursday edition of Get Out. Here is the link to the story
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