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Qiandongnan, China


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Kentucky Harmony & The Chuck Nation Band

Kentucky Harmony sings the music of Appalachia and the rural American south through harmonized original folk music, wilderness spirituals, shape notes, and hymn settings. Performances feature music arranged from the original folk sources found in the southern Appalachian region of the United States. Kentucky Harmony derives their name from the title of one of the earliest shape-note collection of songs from the American south.

The Chuck Nation Band

The Chuck Nation Band features Georgia state fiddle champion, Chuck Nation (fiddle, mandolin, vocals), and band members Susan Nation (double bass, vocals), Libby Nation (guitar, mandolin, vocals), and Jody Hughes (banjo). These accomplished musicians excel in folk music from the rural South. The Chuck Nation Band tours with Kentucky Harmony, and has played on legendary stages together such as Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Tim Sharp

Tim Sharp is artistic director and conductor of Kentucky Harmony. He is a native of the Appalachian area of Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia, and has studied and performed the music of Appalachia since childhood. Published regional histories include Nashville Music Before Country and Memphis Music Before the Blues. Tim arranges the music performed by Kentucky Harmony and The Chuck Nation Band with co-writer, Wes Ramsay. Their music is widely performed throughout the United States. Tim performs as a Deering® Banjo artist.

Earlier Event: June 2
Brasstown, NC
Later Event: August 13
Hohhot, Inner Mongolia