HAS FOCUS ON SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN MUSIC
If you’re a fan of old-time, bluegrass and gospel music from the Southern Appalachian region, the 15th annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival in Dahlonega, Ga., will be the place to be on Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17.
The lineup of MainStage Tent performers for the festival has just been announced by Glenda Pender, president of Bear on the Square and chairperson for the festival’s music and program, and there will be a heavy emphasis on hand-clapping, toe-tapping music which originated from the mountains and valleys of the Southern Appalachians.
Performing together will be legendary fiddler James Bryan from Mentone, Ala., and Carl Jones, a Macon native and award-winning performer who now lives in Galax, Va. Bryan, a member of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, is generally considered the best traditional fiddler playing today, while Jones, who has toured internationally and is a sought-after instructor, plays the mandolin, banjo and fiddle and is also a songwriter. Bryan and Jones have toured with Norman and Nancy Blake and the Rising Fawn String Ensemble.