News Updates

March 13, 2020

Warren Wilson College and The Swannanoa Gathering team are continuing to monitor information from the CDC and state and local health departments to determine the best course of action, in regards to this summer’s Gathering. We currently expect restrictions and concerns regarding COVID-19 to have subsided, with no outstanding risk, by the time of the Gathering this July. We will continue to monitor this situation and will alert all registrants to any change to the workshops.

We recommended all those booking flights to be mindful of airline cancellation policies and consider flight insurance. We advise staying up-to-date with, and following, any CDC and health department guidelines and directives.

Warm regards,

The Swannanoa Gathering

March 11, 2020

The 2020 Catalog is now online. General Registration opens March 16, 11am EDT.


February 17, 2020

Online Pre-registration is now closed. General Registration opens March 16.


December 2, 2019

Welcome to our new Operations Manager, Kimberly Ann Clark. While new to the Gathering, Kimberly Ann is a seasoned pro in operations and events. She is looking forward to being surrounded by the passion, heart, and talent of the Gathering family this summer.


December 1, 2019

Online Pre-registration is now open. Find the link to ‘2020 Pre-Registration‘ under the ‘Register‘ tab in the top navbar, or simply click here. Pre-registration closes at 5pm on Friday, Feb. 7.


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: Contemp. Folk Week


December 1, 2019

Here’s a list, in alphabetical order, of the staff confirmations we’ve received so far for the 2020 workshops.

Joe Craven
Casey Driessen
Colin Farrell
Kenny Jackson
Kevin Kehrberg
Bronwyn Keith-Hynes
Jenna Moynihan
Evan Price
Greg Ruby
Tricia Spencer
April Verch
Julia Weatherford
Natalya Weinstein

Mando & Banjo
Alan Bibey
Paul Brown
Ed Dodson
Lynn Dudenbostel
Bill Evans
Matt Flinner
Conor Hearn
Steve James
Caterina Lichtenberg
Mike Marshall
Terri McMurray
John Reischman
Don Stiernberg
Tony Trischka
Joe K. Walsh
Radim Zenkl

Traditional Song
Sheila Kay Adams
Kathy Bullock
Josh Goforth
Reggie Harris
Cathy Jordan
Tim May
Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh
Joe Newberry
Ranger Doug
Fiona Ritchie
Karl Scully
Dáithí Sproule
Matt Watroba
Julee Glaub Weems
Mark Weems

Mari Black
Robin Bullock
Siobhan Butler
Liz Carroll
Anna Colliton
Dave Cory
Kevin Crawford
Dave Curley
John Doyle
Len Graham
Grainne Hambly
Brian Holleran
Winifred Horan
Billy Jackson
Nuala Kennedy
Liz Knowles
Will MacMorran
Andrew Finn Magill
Katie McNally
Ed Miller
Gerry O’Connor
Kieran O’Hare
Eamon O’Leary
Laura Risk
John Skelton
Dáithí Sproule
Cillian Vallely
Caitlin Warbelow
John Whelan

Eddie Bond
Bob Carlin
Jeff Claus
M.J. Epps
Nokosee Fields
Kevin Fore
Cary Fridley
Ellie Grace
Rick Good
Charlie Hartness
Nancy Hartness
John Herrmann
Becky Hill
Gordy Hinners
Judy Hyman
Rhys Jones
Trish Kilby-Fore
Paul Kovac
Sharon Leahy-Good
Erynn Marshall
Karen Mueller
Ben Nelson
Ron Pen
Emily Schaad
Beverly Smith
Kirk Sutphin
Rodney Sutton
Lloyd Wright

Contemporary Folk
Joe Craven
Cliff Eberhardt
Vance Gilbert
John Gorka
Don Henry
Janis Ian
Laurie MacAllister
Kathy Mattea
Ellis Paul
Tom Paxton
Kim Richardson
Nora Jane Struthers
Jon Vezner
Camela Widad
David Wilcox

Scott Ainslie
Steve Baughman
Gonzalo Bergara
Robin Bullock
Clive Carroll
Ed Dodson
Mike Dowling
Grant Gordy
David Jacobs-Strain
Steve James
Sean McGowan
Tony McManus
Al Petteway
Gerald Ross
Greg Ruby
Cory Seznec
Jamie Stillway
Yasmin Williams