NORRIS (WATE) – The Museum of Appalachia’s Tennessee Fall Homecoming will take place on Friday. The historic three-day annual event will take place this weekend with more than 70 musicians, authentic mountain and pioneer demonstrations and dozens of artisans showcasing and selling handmade goods.
This year, the Homecoming Marketplace, where festival-goers browse heritage arts and crafts from artisans showcasing their skills on site, has been selected as a feature representation of Tennessee Craft Week, and First Lady Haslam will be making a special appearance on Friday afternoon from 2:30 – 4 p.m. to promote Tennessee Arts programs.
The featured music lineup for this year’s event, now in its 36th year, includes multiple Grammy and International Bluegrass Music Award (IBMA) recipient and Bluegrass Hall of Fame Member, the Del McCoury Band; previous two-time IBMA Entertainers of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year, the Gibson Brothers; and, the multiple Grammy and Dove nominated band, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, also a 7-time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year and Bluegrass Hall of Fame Member. Also returning to the Tennessee Fall Homecoming this year is the legendary Larry Sparks, who was just inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame at the 2015 IBMA awards.
The line-up is rich in talent, with reigning IBMA Vocal Group of the Year, Balsam Range; IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year, the Boxcars; IBMA male vocalist of the year, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice; 5 time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Dale Ann Bradley; IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year and IBMA Guitar Player of the Year, Kenny and Amanda Smith, and multiple Grammy winner, David Holt, accompanied by Josh Goforth All kinds of emerging talents, along with dozens of returning favorites, will be performing on five rustic outdoor stages throughout the pastoral grounds of the Museum of Appalachia.
Visit the Museum of Appalachia’s website, http://www.museumofapppalachia.org or the Tennessee Fall Homecoming Facebook Page for more information.