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The twang of banjo and bass and squeal of fiddle will soon have hands clapping and toes tapping for the 36th annual Uncle Dave Macon Days on July 12-14, 2013 at Cannonsburgh Historic Village.
Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White, this year’s Heritage Award winners, will highlight the three-day, old-time music festival, which will also feature contests in old-time music and dance, arts and craft demonstrations and much more.
Admission for all musical performances, including the headlining duo Skaggs and White, and activities is only $5 for adults age 12 and older Friday and Saturday, with Sunday being free for all ages.
The multi-Grammy Award winner Skaggs and White will perform for festival attendees at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 13, on the main stage after acting as the grand marshals of the motorless parade down Main and Broad Streets at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.
“We are so excited to have Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White as our 2013 Heritage Award winners. Having that caliber of talent is really going to launch Uncle Dave Macon Days to the next level,” said Gloria Christy, president of the UDMD board and long-time festival organizer. “People just can’t believe that they will be able to see the performance for only $5.”
“Ricky Skaggs has even written a song about Uncle Dave, which he will perform during the festival,” Christy added. The 2013 Trailblazer Award will recognize the legendary Opry the duo, Sam and Kirk McGee for their contributions to the old-time music style and will reunite members of the McGee and Macon-Doubler families during the annual Uncle Dave Macon Days festival. A tribute performance will be presented following the announcement of the Trailblazer Award at 7 p.m. Friday, July 12.
Festivalgoers can enjoy the new Matilda Macon Folk Arts Village, located inside Cannonsburgh, which celebrates craft artisans displaying wares and demonstrating a variety of arts and skills. The demonstrators are sponsored by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission. As Matilda Macon, Uncle Dave’s wife, was a quilter, this new feature pays homage to her own craft and love of the arts.
“From live soap-making to woodworking, quilting to making pottery, the Matilda Macon Folk Arts Village will showcase traditional arts and crafts through demonstrations and displays,” said Teresa Owen, who coordinates the festival’s arts and crafts. “Families used to use what they had to get by, and today we celebrate their way of life as folk art.”
When the gates open Friday, July 12 at 10am, festivalgoers can also enjoy the brand new Dave Macon Daze Band live on the Main Stage. The music festival is the setting for the international championships in buckdancing, clogging and banjo-picking. Approximately $10,000 in prize money will be distributed in various categories of music and dance contests.
Families won’t want to miss the kids activities, food vendors, craft booths, and impromptu jam sessions that pop up with musicians from all over the world, many who have never met, or only come together during Uncle Dave Macon Days.
Closing out the festivities Sunday will showcase gospel and shape-note singing and a community services fair with local nonprofit and charity organizations.
The old-time music festival is presented by Beaman Automotive Group, a long-time sponsor committed to making Uncle Dave Macon Days the greatest music festival in the Southeast each year. Wilson Bank & Trust, the Legacy sponsor, is a new sponsor who shares in the UDMD Committee's dedication to celebrating old time Americana and bluegrass music, and the heritage surrounding the music.
Admission to Uncle Dave Macon Days is $5 per adult per day Friday and Saturday and free Sunday. Children age 12 and younger are free. Gates open at 10 a.m. Friday. Cannonsburgh Historic Village is located at 312 S. Front St. near downtown Murfreesboro.
Media Contact: J. Brooks Christol, Barker & Christol, LLC Advertising
Festival Coordinator: Gloria Christy