The 20th annual Charlie Poole Festival will honor Rockingham County resident and Grammy-winning legendary guitarist Tony Rice with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The event will be held June 12-13 at Governor Morehead Park, 422 Church St., in Eden, North Carolina. You can find a schedule here.
Through the years, this event has featured many of the legends in Americana music – Mike Seeger, Norman & Nancy Blake, J.D. Crowe, the Osborne Brothers, Alice Gerrard, Tony Trischka and Rice – as well as some of the brightest stars of today – The Carolina Chocolate Drops, the Wiyos, and Uncle Earl – all in honor of a true icon in American music – Charlie Poole. Eden is the place where Poole and his North Carolina Ramblers worked in the textile mills when not out rambling and making music that would live forever, according to organizers.
Artists scheduled to perform include Katie Griffin, the Carolina Roustabouts and Brandon Lee Adams.
From the website:
The Charlie Poole Music Festival, now celebrating its 20th year, is a project of Piedmont Folk Legacies, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and preserve the musical and cultural legacy of the Piedmont region and to celebrate its influence on the development of American vernacular music, as exemplified by Charlie Poole. The festival is held each year on the second weekend of June in Eden, North Carolina, home and final resting place of Poole. Fans come from far and wide to celebrate the special contribution that Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers made to American music.
Also a project of Piedmont Folk Legacies is the development of the National Banjo Center. Proposed facets of this center would include permanent and changing exhibits, an archival repository for banjos and related materials and documents, classroom space for workshops and music instruction, a performance theater, recording studio, and incubator space for music instrument makers. The center is to be housed in the historic textile mill complex where Charlie Poole worked.