WHAT IS THE MOUNTAINS OF MUSIC HOMECOMING?
The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming is an annual nine-day, region-wide celebration of the communities in Southwest Virginia – their traditional music, and all of their many cultural and natural assets. The event includes Crooked Road marquee concerts in over 20 communities and dozens of cultural events throughout the region.
WHEN WILL IT BE HELD?
The third annual Mountains of Music Homecoming will be held Friday, June 9 through Saturday, June 17, 2017. Annually, it will take place from the Friday of the 2nd weekend in June to the Saturday of the 3rd weekend in June.
WHEN AND WHERE WILL THE CROOKED ROAD CONCERTS BE HELD?
Each night, visitors and residents will have from two to three Crooked Road marquee music concerts in different communities to choose from. By the end of the nine days, Crooked Road concerts will be presented in over 20 different communities in outdoor and indoor venues such as downtown theatres, state parks, colleges, and arts centers.
WHAT ARTISTS WILL PERFORM?
The Crooked Road region of Southwest Virginia is home to one of the richest music traditions in the world. The Crooked Road concerts during the Mountains of Music Homecoming include the finest traditional artists the region has to offer including recipients of the National Heritage Fellowship Award, the highest recognition America bestows on its traditional artists. The concerts include national and international touring artists that exemplify and compliment the rich bluegrass, old time, gospel, traditional singing, traditional dance, and other music forms that The Crooked Road celebrates. Artists who performed for the 2016 Homecoming included Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Wayne Henderson, Blue Highway, Whitetop Mountain Band, Lonesome River Band and The Crooked Road All Star Bluegrass Band – Sammy Shelor of the Lonesome River Band on banjo, Junior Sisk of Ramblers Choice on guitar, Shawn Lane and Wayne Taylor of Blue Highway on mandolin and bass, and former Bill Monroe fiddler Billy Baker.
Each year, the Mountains of Music Homecoming will also present at least one concert that features exemplary artists from another unique musical heritage such as Mississippi blues, Louisiana Cajun, or Canadian Québécois. The 2015 Homecoming featured music of Cape Breton and last year’s Homecoming included music of Ireland with two concerts by the John Doyle Trio. The 2017 Homecoming will present music of Scotland, with concerts by master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and cellist Natalie Haas, as well as legendary Scottish folk and ballad singer Archie Fisher.
WHERE CAN I FIND THE FULL ARTIST SCHEDULE?
The artist lineup for 2017 will be posted at http://mtnsofmusic.com/events/ on or before December 20, 2016. Cultural events and additional performances will be posted in early February, 2017.
WHEN AND WHERE WILL THE CULTURAL EVENTS BE HELD?
During MOMH, communities throughout Southwest Virginia will present over 100 cultural events for visitors to enjoy such as community meals, guided hikes, museum galley exhibits, artisan demonstrations, jam sessions and many more. The cultural events allow attendees to connect with the communities in the region in an unforgettable way. Cultural events will be offered at various times every day of the Mountains of Music Homecoming. A searchable schedule of cultural events will be posted on the website as they are developed.
ARE THE CULTURAL EVENTS FREE OR DO THEY CHARGE ADMISSION?
Some cultural events have an admission fee or charge, but many are free of charge.
DO I NEED TO MAKE RESERVATIONS TO ATTEND THE CULTURAL EVENTS?
Check the event on our website for any information in that regard. Contact information is provided for each event so you can call to get more information.
WILL THE MOUNTAINS OF MUSIC HOMECOMING HAVE A PRINTED PROGRAM?
Yes, and an electronic version of the printed program will be available on the website homepage at www.mtnsofmusic.com. The printed program will be available in the communities of Southwest Virginia beginning April 1, 2016 and for pickup at concerts during the Mountains of Music Homecoming. Programs will be available at Southwest Virginia public libraries and at Southwest Virginia locations of the Bank of Marion, New Peoples Bank and Union Bank & Trust. The previous year’s program will stay posted electronically until the new Program is available.
HOW AND WHEN CAN I GET TICKETS TO THE CROOKED ROAD CONCERTS?
Tickets for the Crooked Road concerts will be available on the event website at www.mtnsofmusic.com starting December 20, 2016. There will also be local ticket outlets throughout the region. A list of local ticket outlets will be posted on the website.
HOW CAN I GET UPDATES ON THE MOUNTAINS OF MUSIC HOMECOMING AS PLANS DEVELOP?
You can enter your email address on the Mountains of Music Homecoming website home page to automatically receive periodic updates. www.mtnsofmusic.com
HOW CAN I GET A TASTE OF CROOKED ROAD MUSIC NOW?
Thanks for asking! The Crooked Road Sampler CD of 50 current artists of The Crooked Road and the Live Concert Recordings CD from the 2015 Mountains of Music Homecoming are available online at www.myswva.org/tcr/media-gallery/music You can listen to snippets there or purchase those recordings.
That website also connects you to Joe Wilson’s “Guide to The Crooked Road,” a book on the history of the region’s music and things to see, as well as two CD recordings of historical and contemporary artists of The Crooked Road.
WHAT IS THE CROOKED ROAD?
The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail is a 330 mile driving trail through the mountains of Southwest Virginia that connects nine Major Venues and over 60 Affiliated Venues and Festivals enabling people to enjoy heritage music every day of the year. The Crooked Road is also a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 2004 whose mission is to support economic development in Southwest Virginia by promoting this region’s rich heritage of traditional music. www.thecrookedroad.org