September 15, 2019
Here are the dates for the 2020 Swannanoa Gathering:
June 28-July 4: Mando & Banjo Week
June 28-July 4: Fiddle Week
July 5-11: Traditional Song Week
July 12-18: Celtic Week
July 19-25: Old-Time Week
July 26-August 1: Guitar Week
July 26-August 1: Contemporary Folk Week
June 17, 2019
Our Summer Concert Series, featuring the the staff of the Swannanoa Gathering is now listed on our Public Concerts page. Tickets are now available at Malaprops bookstore in Asheville, Acoustic Corner in Black Mountain and the WWC campus store.
March 17, 2019
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! General Registration for the 2019 workshops is now open. We are now employing our new integrated website/database, code-named ‘Jerusalem’ which greatly improves and automates much of the registration process. Many thanks go out to Scott Cielo of AVL Plus Inc. for building our new system and we hope you enjoy working with Jerusalem as much as we do.
November 15, 2018
Some of you may be familiar with Radim Zenkl, an instructor in our Mando & Banjo Week program. We recently learned that Radim lost his house (and many musical
instruments) in the Paradise, CA ‘Camp’ Fire. His friend David Grisman and his Acoustic Disc label have started a fundraising campaign for Radim. Visit this link if you would like to help a wonderful guy and a phenomenal musician :
November 1, 2018
Acting Operations Manager Rebecca Bond has decided to step down from that position and return to her original role of Housing Coordinator. All of us owe her a huge debt for shepherding us through last summer’s workshops, and we’re thrilled that she’ll remain a part of our admin team.
Meanwhile, we’re very pleased to announce that Puck Askew will be taking over as Operations Manager. Puck comes to us from the Dobra Tea Room here in Asheville where she has been a manager for seven years. She is a painter, plays Irish fiddle and has been both a student and volunteer at the Gathering many times. If you happen to see her at one of the jams in the Asheville area, please make her welcome in her new role.
September 26, 2018
After 23 years at the helm of the program, our Master Music Maker and multiple Grammy-winner Al Petteway has decided to step down as Coordinator of Guitar Week.
He’s not going anywhere, and of course, we still hope to see him around during the summers.
While we will miss Al, we’re thrilled to have found an outstanding replacement in long-time Gathering instructor, Greg Ruby.
As an instructor in both Guitar and Fiddle Weeks, Greg has taught here for the last seven years, and is thoroughly familiar with our programs and excited to continue Al’s legacy of excellence. Please welcome him in his new role as Guitar Week Coordinator.
September 12, 2018
Here are the dates for the 2019 workshops:
Fiddle Week, June 30-July 6
Mando & Banjo Week, June 30-July 6
Traditional Song Week, July 7-13
Celtic Week, July 14-20
Old-Time Week, July 21-27
Guitar Week, July 28-Aug. 3
Contemp. Folk Week, July 28-Aug. 3
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November 5, 2018
Here’s a list of the staff confirmations we’ve received so far for the 2019 workshops.
Andrew Finn Magill
Mando & Banjo
Julee Glaub Weems
Máirtín de Cógáin
Sheila Kay Adams
Thomas Maupin & Daniel Rothwell
Nora Jane Struthers