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58th Annual Highland Games: July 11-14

Nowhere in the America’s is there a place more reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands than the High Country of North Carolina.  Perhaps this is why so many of Scottish descent chose to settle here.  Whether you are of Scottish ancestry


  This June 23, thousands of people from across the area will gather at MacRae Meadows in the spirit of God and fellowship.  Grandfather Mountain’s 89th Annual Singing on the Mountain is a joyful celebration of faith, claiming the title

The 1908 Jones House Music & Arts

On the National Historic Register, the Jones House was built in 1908 by Dr. John Walter Jones.  Located in the middle of downtown Boone, on King Street, the beautiful turn of the century house has the perfect location for a

Mountain Home Music Series 2013: Twenty Years

Home Sweet Home: Twenty Years By Joe Shannon Twenty years of Mountain Home Music. It feels like a milestone. For me, it is, in a way. From this moment on a hazy, early May day in 2013, I can look

Summer Music in the Valle Series Performances

It’s time to break in those lawn chairs and blankets for a summer of free music in the Valle Crucis Community Park. All concerts are held on Fridays from May-September and begin at 7PM. Admission to concerts is free, but

Where to Find Free Music in the High Country!

Beneath the billboards, down the road, down the driveway, behind the trees, there¹s a gathering of local folks playing music, telling stories, and dancing. This gathering place may be just about anywhere in the High Country, for there are many

Tom Dooley: A Wilkes County Legend

Tom Dooley: A Wilkes County Legend recounts the famous 1860’s lovers’ triangle tale that became one of the nation’s first highly publicized crimes of passion. Performed outdoors at Fort Hamby Amphitheatre, the drama brings to life the romance, jealousy, and mystery surrounding

The Band Perry Kicks off An Appalachian Summer Festival

An Appalachian Summer Festival is an annual multi-arts festival on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Throughout the month of July, locals and visitors can enjoy world-class entertainment spanning genres such as music, dance, theatre, visual

Blue Ridge Music Trails of NC in the High Country

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One of the most distinctive cultural icons of the High Country is “our” music. Mountain music includes elements of old English ballads, Irish and Scottish Gaelic dance music, African instrumentation and rhythms, gospel, and quite a bit of original mountain