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Second annual Balsam Range Art of Music Festival set for Dec. 1-2 at Lake Junaluska

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Fans of Balsam Range, listen up:

The 2017 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Album of the Year winners for “Mountain Voodoo” on Mountain Home Records have announced the second annual Balsam Range Art of Music Festival will be held on Dec. 1-2, 2017, on the grounds of the beautiful Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in Haywood County, North Carolina.  

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to miss this musical event that celebrates the diverse art of music featuring some of the top nationally touring artists in the field of bluegrass and acoustic music.

Opening the festival on Friday is Mike Snider followed by the incomparable guitar stylings of Bryan Sutton and his all-star band and rounded out by a set by the hosts, Balsam Range.

Opening the festival on Saturday is Whitewater Bluegrass Co., followed by the 2016 and 2017 IBMA Vocal Group Of The Year Flatt Lonesome, which released its newest album “Silence in These Walls” at IBMA, and then a set by one of my personal favorites, the amazing singer-songwriter Darrell Scott. Find the full lineup  here.

From the website, “We are proud to bring back The Atlanta Pops Orchestra this year. The set last year with the Pops and Balsam Range was one of the most talked about parts of the festival! We will close out the festival Saturday night with a full set with the Pops!”

Saturday will also feature many workshops ranging from all skill-level individual instrument instructional workshops to master level instrument workshops as well as handcrafted-instrument building, songwriting, dancing and more.

Balsam Range invites visitors to explore the many opportunities Haywood County and Western North Carolina have to offer.  Whether hiking, biking and wildlife viewing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park,  snow skiing at area resorts, or handpicking your families Christmas Tree from the surrounding tree farms, Haywood County has something for everyone.  There are plenty of indoor adventures as well such as touring the Biltmore Estate in nearby Asheville, or shopping in the quaint downtown area of Waynesville.

The Balsam Range website states, “Come visit Haywood County, home of Balsam Range in December. We look forward to showing you our home and spending some quality time with you!”

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