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Scythian, Junior Sisk to headline fifth annual Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10

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Carolina Bible Camp & Retreat Center will host its Fifth Annual CBC Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10, featuring MerleFest fan favorites Scythian and Junior Sisk and Rambler’s Choice.

Danylo Fedoryka says, “This will be our first Bible Camp show. We met the organizers at MerleFest and to us it seems that what they’re trying to do create is a continuation of that MerleFest spirit — great bluegrass in a real family friendly environment. And we just can’t enough of North Carolina, so we are excited to be back.”

The day-long festival located at 1988 Jericho Church Road, Mocksville, North Carolina, promises to feature great music, food, and fellowship – not to mention a few surprises, according to Festival Director Lisa Brewer.

Gates open at 10 a.m. The music will start at 11 a.m. and end at 5:45 p.m. Tickets are $15 and $20 day of show. Children under age 12 get in free with a paying adult and kids activities will be available.

Brewer writes: “If you have never heard this band, then prepare to be amazed. Most fans of Scythian do not bother to bring chairs because the band’s music constantly brings the audience to its feet. The Fedoryka siblings are classically trained virtuosos on fiddle, as well as guitar, accordian and various instruments. They love (and insist on) audience participation.”

Scythian’s “Immigrant Road Show” consists of the aforementioned Danylo Fedoryka, Alexander Fedoryka, Larissa Fedoryka, Ben-David Warner, Tim Hepburn and Josef Crosby.

MerleFest spokesperson Amber Herman adds, “This mirrors perfectly the band’s commitment to its faith and religion to perform at a bible camp.”

Brewer continues, “We are thrilled and thankful to have Junior Sisk and Rambler’s Choice join us this year for the first time. There aren’t many vocalists who can wring every bit of lonesome out of a note like Junior Sisk. Sisk’s soulful, heartfelt vocals earned him the 2013 IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year award. They have also helped him, along with his band Ramblers Choice, earn a number of other awards over the past several years, including 2014 SPBGMA Bluegrass Band of the Year.”

Returning to the CBC campus for the fiffh consecutive year is The Snyder Family Band from Lexington, North Carolina. “Virtuosos Zeb Snyder on guitar and Samantha Snyder on fiddle will be joined by their dad, Bud, on bass, and scene-stealing younger brother, Owen, on guitar. The Snyders continue to drive their performances to new heights every time they take the stage, whether exploring traditional bluegrass or making the occasional forays into Celtic, blues, or southern rock,” Webster says.

Danylo Fedoryka adds, “We’re excited to see the Snyder Family Band. We first saw them four years ago in Bristol and they blew us away!”

According to the press release, a very special name in bluegrass will open the fifth festival. Tim White, host of the PBS syndicated television show, Song of the Mountains,” will perform with his group, Troublesome Hollow. “This trio is known for their bluegrass musical talent and their comedy. In addition to seeing Tim regularly on PBS, you can also catch him on his syndicated radio show on 60 stations, or catch him live in Marion, Virginia, during the taping of his shows. Regardless of the venue, Tim White & Troublesome Hollow provide pure engaging entertainment which you will want to see again and again. They were fan favorites at CBC in 2015, and we are fortunate to have them back.”

Another new face at CBC in 2016 will be Lightnin’ Charlie, according to Brewer. “Lightnin’ Charlie is an extremely gifted musician and entertainer, renowned nationally and internationally. His concerts have become the stuff of legend. While frequently playing with his stage band, The Upsetters, Lightnin’ Charlie also enjoys a formidable solo/acoustic career as well. LC’s unplugged acoustic sets, alone or alongside his beautiful harmony-singing wife, Beth, account for an astonishing 200 shows per year. Their harmonies are showcased on ‘Trust In God – Family Album Volume One’ (2010).”

The CBC Bluegrass Festival is the biggest fundraising event of the year for the camp, Brewer adds. “It takes an army of volunteers to make it happen, from selling tickets to selling lunches, from supervising the Kids’ Zone to hosting the artists,” she says “Full home-cooked BBQ meals with all the fixin’s are served in the dining hall, as well as hamburgers, etc. There will also be a pickin’ area for those of you who want to bring your instruments and join in. We even have a section for vintage cars which you can peruse and meet the owners.”


WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (EDT) – Add to Calendar

All seating is “festival” style (first come-first serve). No reserved seating. Bring a blanket and/or lawn chair. There will be very large tents, so this festival will proceed rain or shine. This is an alcohol-free, smoke-free, vape-free, pet-free, kid friendly event.

Registered service animals are allowed. Handicapped parking is available. NO coolers please. Food and drinks can be purchased on-site.

For more information, or to sign up as a volunteer or sign up as a sponsor, please write to CBC Festival Chairman Greg Brewer at or Festival Director Lisa Brewer at




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