Saturday March 21, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM EDT
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Mountain Empire Community College 
3441 Mountain Empire Road
Phillips-Taylor Hall
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219

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Terry Garrett 
Mountain Empire Community College 


The 2015 Gathering of Sweet Folk Instruments at Mountain Empire Community College will introduce and promote the autoharp, hammered and lap dulcimers, folk harp, penny whistle, bouzouki, and bodhran to beginning musicians and extend the knowledge and skills of musicians already familiar with these instruments. The goal of the festival is to preserve the traditional performance of these instruments by attracting and teaching youth and adults the culture and musical heritage of the region.

Workshop Information
Participants may enroll in up to four workshops. Each workshop is $25 per person. Instrument workshops are limited to 14 students and require at least five students to meet. Youth ages 6-18 who have participated in Wise County Jams programs and/or MECC Mountain Music School can register for instrument workshops at half price.

Registration Deadline
Pre-registration is required with application and fees due by March 13, 2015. When classes are filled, registration will close.

Evening Concert Information
Students who register for four classes will receive one admission ticket to the evening concert.  A workshop packet, including the performance ticket, will be provided upon check-in at the event. Tickets for the evening concert can also be purchased separately.

Event Schedule

Lunch on site is offered at $10 per person. There are also several nearby fast food and restaurant options to choose from.

Big Stone Gap offers several nearby lodging options. Please consider the following:


  • Comfort Inn
  • Country Inn & RV Park:  (276) 523-0374

    RV Parks