McDowell County NC 175th Anniversary
McDowell County NC 175th Anniversary

McDowell Music Festival

Sat, September 29th, 2018 (11am unti 4pm)
Historic Carson House

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Come and join us for a day of musical celebration at the Historic Carson House.

Enjoy a journey through local and traditional music in historical surroundings, and feel the essence of our history through our musical roots.

  • Gordon Warburton

  • Belfast Boys

  • Dulcina

  • Justified

  • Matthew Boeger

  • Barbara Stevenson

  • Freddie Bradburn

Barbara Stevenson is a native of Salisbury, NC. She graduated from Limestone College with a BA in Grammar Grades and later changed to Elementary Education. She received a Master's Degree in Middle School Education and a principal certification from Gardner Webb University. She was a classroom teacher for twenty years before taking the position of vice principal at West McDowell. Barbara has always had a love of music in her life. Her mother was a well known singer in the Salisbury area and was Barbara's first voice teacher. Barbara grew up singing at church and at school. She was awarded a voice scholarship during her undergraduate college years. She sings spirituals, folk and classical tunes.

Matthew Boerger has been around music most of his life, learning violin at age 6. Coming from a large family who all played musical instruments, Matthew grew up surrounded by old time music, bluegrass, and traditional gospel styles. He has been a part of a number of local traditional Appalachian music groups, although his passion lies in traditional folk and Celtic music. As an avid history enthusiast, he began picking up traditional civil war fiddle tunes through the years, drawn to the rich background to the music and distinct style. He also enjoys dabbling with a number of instruments, including the guitar, djembe, and bouzouki. He attends classes at UNC Asheville, and enjoys pursuing independent film making and getting involved with community theater when time allows.

Music Festival

Music Festival