The Songcatchers Music Series, now in its 15th year, showcases acoustic music with roots in the Southern Appalachians and the musicians who nurture the tradition of passing this heritage on to others. The Songcatchers Music series is an official part of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area’s Blue Ridge Music Trail. Morrow Insurance Agency is this year’s sponsor.
The Crooked Pine Band includes natives to western North Carolina Craig, Marion, Frank, and Troy.
Three talented friends sharing a passion for Southern Appalachian culture and music created Crooked Pine in 1974. For several years they played the college circuit and numerous local and regional venues, soaking up tunes and techniques from traditional music masters in the area. After going separate ways to raise families and pursue careers, they reunited in 2010.
The Crooked Pine Band are regulars at local music rooms, festivals and street fairs, private parties and large corporate events. They are a highly-sought contra-dance and square-dance band, and are favorites at Asheville’s Shindig-on-the-Green and Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. Marion Boatwright, Frank McConnnell, Craig Bannerman and their newest member, Troy Harrison, are multi-instrumentalists who thrive in sharing with young and old the traditions that make Southern Appalachian music iconic. For details about the band visit
· Local musicians are often on site at 3:00 p.m. to jam before the concert
· Concert begins with a warm-up at 4:00 p.m. After a short break the featured performer will begin.
· Concerts take place in the wheelchair accessible, covered outdoor amphitheater unless storms move them inside the Forest Discovery Center.
· Admission for this event is $6.00 for ages 16 and older, $3.00 for youth 15 and under, America the Beautiful Pass holders, and Golden Age Passport holders. FREE for Friends of the Cradle passholders.