News Updates

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.

Joe Craven
Liz Knowles
Andrew Finn Magill
Greg Ruby
Nora Garver
Andy Stein
Bronwyn Keith-Hines
Alex Hargreaves
Erynn Marshall
Josh Goforth
Kevin Kehrberg
Laura Risk
Julia Weatherford

Mando & Banjo
Mike Marshall
Tony Trischka
Caterina Lichtenberg
John Reischman
Alan Bibey
Steve James
Don Stiernberg
Bill Evans
Don Julin
David Surette
Tim Connell
Matt Flinner
Paul Brown
Terri McMurray
Ed Dodson
Lynn Dudenbostel

Traditional Song
Suzy Bogguss
Ranger Doug
Kathy Bullock
Reggie Harris
Elizabeth LaPrelle
Dom Flemons
Karl Scully
Fiona Ritchie
Matt Watroba
Tim May
Nuala Kennedy
Josh Goforth
Joe Newberry
Len Graham
Carl Jones
Ed Miller
Julee Glaub Weems
Mark Weems

Liz Carroll
Gerry O’Connor
Colin Farrell
John Doyle
Kieran O’Hare
Liz Knowles
Katie McNally
John Whelan
Dave Curley
Alasdair White
Mari Black
Billy Jackson
Grainne Hambly
John Skelton
Robin Bullock
Siobhan Butler
Anna Colliton
Nuala Kennedy
Owen Marshall
Eamon O’Leary
Shannon Heaton
Dave Cory
Len Graham
Caitlin Warbelow
Máirtín de Cógáin
Rose Flanagan
Ed Miller
Cillian Vallely

Erynn Marshall
Kay Justice
Brad Leftwich
Linda Higginbotham
Sam Bartlett
Ron Pen
Don Pedi
Travis Stuart
Paul Brown
Abby Ladin
Evie Ladin
Kari Sickenberger
Vollie McKenzie
Tatiana Hargreaves
Ellie Grace
Ben Nelson
Phil Jamison
Gordy Hinners
Sheila Kay Adams
John Herrmann
Meredith McIntosh
Greg Canote
Jere Canote
Rachel Eddy
John Hollandsworth
Bruce Greene
Thomas Maupin & Daniel Rothwell

Contemporary Folk
Tom Paxton
Kathy Mattea
Nora Jane Struthers
John Gorka
David Wilcox
Moira Smiley
Ellis Paul
Peter Mulvey
Amy Speace
Joe Craven
Jon Vezner
Don Henry
Kim Richardson
Camela Widad

Greg Ruby
Sean McGowan
Robin Bullock
Scott Ainslie
Steve Baughman
Del Rey
Jamie Stillway
Vicki Genfan
Gonzalo Bergara
Ed Dodson
Patrick Landeza
Steve James
Clive Carroll
Grant Gordy
Tony McManus
Christie Lenée
Hiroya Tsukamoto
Pat Donohue