Music, singing, games, food and storytelling

Snuffy Jenkins Festival is Saturday
Sep. 13, 2013 @ 05:14 AM

Rutherford County Arts Council has announced the performance schedule for the Snuffy Jenkins Festival this Saturday, September 14, at Globe Park, 153 Shakespeare Drive, in Forest City  from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Gates  will open at 10 a.m. Admission is $10, kids (under high school age) are admitted free of charge. 

The performers include Mules For Free, with Julie Walker on lead vocals and guitar;  Jeff Phillips on mandolin and vocals; Al Hardin on bass, and Stan Thomas on guitar and vocals. 

Also featured will be Possum Creek from Old Fort, which will have Harold Harless on banjo, Carol Harless on bass, Jim Elkins on Mandolin and Tom Ramey on guitar.  Mountain Oakes Band from Rutherford County includes Joshua Oakes on guitar, Caleb Oakes on banjo, Samuel Oakes on mandolin, Kaylee Oakes on bass, and Pam Oakes on vocals.

Returning this year from Spruce Pine is Billy Constable and the Wiseman Heritage.  The group will feature Billy Constable on banjo who has toured and played with major bands around the country; also featured will be Mark Schimick on guitar and mandolin and David Wiseman on fiddle and mandolin. 

The Dowden Sisters Band has toured nationally and is based in Asheville; it will feature Laura Dowden on vocals and guitar, Hannah Dowden on fiddle and vocals and Devin McEnnerney on standup bass. 

Windy Gap Trio, from Union Mills, features Earl Arrowood, Joan Dowdle and Johnny Dowdle.  Clover features Dennis McIntyre, Jacqui McIntyre and Casey McIntyre.  Phil and Gaye Johnson are widely known for their excellence and have toured widely and appeared on such national venues as A Prairie Home Companion.

The Roger Padgett Band is led by Roger Padgett who is known widely through his performing with Tater, Evergreen and the Acoustic Syndicate. 

Four Wheel Cab Company and Medicine Show is a hard driving group from Rutherford County featuring Dennis McIntyre on guitar, Bob Watson on banjo, Roger Wall on mandolin, and Alan Davis on bass.

The Snuffy Jenkins Festival is an annual bluegrass and acoustic music festival dedicated to preserving, celebrating, and supporting the continued development of our local and regional musical tradition. The festival showcases the best in local and regional bands, with an emphasis on bluegrass music and its close relatives in the acoustic music tradition. 

Food vendors will be on hand, and picnic tables, restrooms, and an air-conditioned visitors center at Globe Park make it a wonderful location for this unique event.  

For updates and further information, go to:, or call (828) 245-4000. 

Advance tickets are available at B Sharp Music, 129 W. Main Street Spindale, (828-286-4444).

The festival is co-sponsored by B Sharp Music, King Pup Radio, The Pick Shack, Little King Records, Trelleborg Coated Systems USA, Inc. and Carolina Chiropractic Plus.


Snuffy Jenkins Festival schedule: 

Outdoor Stage

11:00  AM  Mules for free

11:45         Possum Creek

12:30  PM  Mountain Oakes Band

1:15           Billy Constable & the Wiseman Heritage 

2:00           The Dowden Sisters Band

2:45           Windy Gap 

3:30           Clover

4:15           Phil & Gaye Johnson

5:00           Roger Padgett

5:45           Four Wheel Cab Company & Medicine Show

6:30           Jams/Encores

Visitors’ Centre-Youth Workshops (free)

11-1 PM-  Instrumental workshop with Dennis McIntyre and members of the Pick Shack- bring your instruments

1-1:30 PM-  Dot Lane Storytelling and folk music

2-2:30 PM-  Phil and Gaye Johnson Folk and early Country

3-3:30 PM-  The Dowden Sisters- folk music and games