Don’t miss The Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival this Saturday, September 12 at the Carolina Bible Camp at 1988 Jericho Church Road in Mocksville.
Mandolin prodigy, composer and vocalist Sierra Hull is headlining America’s only bluegrass festival that promotes Bible study, camping and wholesome recreation. The line-up also includes the Snyder Family Band, luthier Wayne Henderson and flatpicker Clay Lunsford, and Tim White and Troublesome Hollow from the PBS program Song of the Mountains. The festival includes an exhibit of Ford Model A’s and other classic cars, as well as a Pickers’ Place jam tent, and multiple free activities for kids.
Hull was the first bluegrass musician to be awarded a Presidential Scholarship to the prestigious Berklee School of Music. She has produced a formidable and growing collection of exceptional music while managing to stay fully grounded (one writer called her “a perfect balance of humility and capability”). A versatile and grounded musician, her performances have included Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the National Prayer Breakfast. Hull’s latest CD is entitled Daybreak and includes seven of her own compositions.
The Snyder Family Band hails from Lexington, NC. Virtuosos Zeb Snyder on guitar and Samantha Snyder on fiddle will be joined by their dad, Bud, on bass, and scene-stealing younger brother, Owen, on guitar. The Snyders continue to drive their performances to new heights every time they take the stage, whether exploring traditional bluegrass or making occasional forays into Celtic, blues, or southern rock. Their newest release is the acclaimed Wherever I Wander! which includes originals, classic rock covers, and even a western swing selection.
Internationally known luthier Wayne Henderson of Rugby, Virginia is the subject of the New York Times bestseller Clapton’s Guitar, having built a guitar on request for Eric Clapton. He will play a set with special friends including Clay Lunsford, founder and president of the North Carolina Thumbpickers. The organization promotes and preserves the musical guitar style known as thumbpicking that was popularized by the late Chet Atkins.
A very special name in bluegrass will open the fourth annual festival. Tim White, host of the PBS syndicated television show Song of the Mountains, will perform with his group, Troublesome Hollow . This trio is known for their musical talent, comedy and “magic tricks.”
Advance tickets are $15.00 at www.cbcbluegrass.com . Children under 12 are admitted free. Seating is general admission festival style. Guests should bring their own chairs and blankets, but leave alcohol, tobacco, pets and coolers at home. The food line-up includes barbeque and sides for $12 a plate, or $6 hamburger plates with sides for children. Fresh sweet tea and other beverages will be available, along with cooked-from-scratch desserts and concession snacks.
Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival is an alcohol-free, tobacco-free festival held on the grounds of Carolina Bible Camp in Mocksville, NC. Families will enjoy a variety of complimentary kids’ activities. The campus features a basketball court and a sand volleyball court that will be available for play. A substantial outdoor play set will also be open to children and also old-fashioned sidewalk games. Volunteers will supervise free craft areas for children to create artwork from recycled items. Free face painting artists will be on hand as well.
The fourth annual festival features the CBC Pickers’ Place for musicians who enjoy jamming together. The CBC Festival Arts area will feature unique, high quality handcrafted items, pottery and tie-dyed t-shirts for purchase. A new booth, Baked with Love, will feature home-baked breads, cakes, and pies just in time for next day’s Sunday lunch. All proceeds benefit the Carolina Bible Camp’s scholarship and capital development funds.
This year’s Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival is sponsored in part by Carolina Hearing Doctors, the Eye Care Centers of Salisbury, Statesville and Hickory, and the law firm of Brewer Brewer & Sorel. Media sponsors include WBRF 98.1 Classic Country, WNCW, the Lexington Dispatch and the Davie County Enterprise.
Carolina Bible Camp is located on sixty-eight scenic acres at 1988 Jericho Church Road in Mocksville, N.C. It is a non-profit, non-denominational camp dedicated to the youth of America. Campers are accepted without regard to race, creed or nationality. For more information, call Carolina Bible Camp at (336) 492-7802 or visit the website at www.carolinabiblecamp.com or www.cbcbluegrass.com. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CBCBluegrass.