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Thank you for your interest in The Swannanoa Gathering.

It is our sad duty to inform you all that Warren Wilson College has CANCELLED the 2020 Swannanoa Gathering due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

We don’t imagine this comes as much of a surprise to any of you, and while it is disappointing that so much hard work by our Coordinators, instructors, office staff and volunteers in preparation for the event will not be rewarded by another magical summer of music, the health and safety of the Gathering community is, and should be, paramount.

Here is the official announcement from the college’s President, Dr. Lynn Morton:

After much discussion and careful consideration of the impact on attendees and guests at our wonderful, traditional summer programming and events, Warren Wilson College has determined that we must cancel ALL on-campus programs and events from mid-May through August. Typically, our campus is alive in the summer with music from the Swannanoa Gathering and the Carolina Chamber Music Festival and bustling with activity from summer camps, low residency Warren Wilson master’s programs, and other groups meeting in our beautiful mountain setting in the valley. It is hard to imagine a summer at Warren Wilson without music, writing, craft and friends on campus. However, the uncertainty about the trajectory of COVID-19 in the coming months and the likelihood of an extended stay-at-home order, along with concern about the health and safety of all who visit here, has led to the difficult realization that canceling events and taking our summer masters programs online is the responsible thing to do. Our campus will remain closed to the public until the beginning of our Fall term in late August. We eagerly look forward to resuming our summer activities in 2021.

After nearly three decades, it will be very strange for us not to be welcoming another eager, happy bunch of musicians to our mountains this summer. But the Gathering will be back.

2021 will be the 30th Anniversary of the Swannanoa Gathering and we’re planning on celebrating!

Here are the 2021 dates:

June 27-July 3, Fiddle Week/
Mando & Banjo Week

July 4-10, Traditional Song Week
July 11-17, Celtic Week
July 18-24, Old-Time Week
July 25-31, Guitar Week/
Contemporary Folk Week

Look for more information in the fall, and we hope all of you can join us in the summer of 2021 as we reaffirm our commitment to celebrate the priceless folk heritage we share as a community, through smiles and laughter, timeless music, dance and song.

Keep Well,
Jim Magill, Director
Kimberly Ann Clark, Operations Manager

If you have a question, please e-mail

If you would like to join our general mailing list for next season, you can sign up here. The general mailing list gets a newsletter late fall and a catalog in early-mid March each year.