Whitesburg KY

Seedtime on the Cumberland set

Appalshop’s 26th annual Seedtime on the Cumberland will take place June 7 through the 9 at the Appalshop in Whitesburg. The festival kicks off on Thursday, June 7, with a special Bluegrass Express Live with Heather Berry & Tony Mabe as well as the Tommy Webb Band. On Friday, June 8 arts and crafts vendors and demonstrators of all sorts will open at 11 a.m. Local bluegrass music begins under the big tent at 4 p.m., featuring Custom Made Bluegrass, 7 South, Town Branch Bluegrass and others.

There will also be a book signing with Appalachian Studies pioneer Helen Mathews Lewis; Signs of Tales and Wonders, an original play directed by Angelyn Debord followed by a concert with Sparky & Rhonda Rucker; and Friday night will wrap up with the Clack Mountain String Band and Woody Pines.

Seedtime continues on Saturday, June 9 with a full day of arts and crafts vendors and demonstrators and more old-time mountain music. Saturday also features a number of special events including a guided hike to Bad Branch Falls, a Youth Old- Time Showcase, youth arts activities, literary readings, Old Regular Baptist lined-out hymn singing, a shape note singing workshop, the annual Youth Bored punk show, Appalshop film screenings, and the Carcassonne square dance.

The festival will be broadcast live on WMMT FM and will stream at www.wmmt.org. For a full schedule of events, visit www.seedtimefestival.org or call WMMT at 606-633- 0108.

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