Traditional Music Dance Events at Warren Wilson

Monday Lunchtime Old-Time Jam Session

Monday Jam

Every Monday at lunchtime, students and faculty join together for an old-time music jam session.

Appalachian Music Concert Series at Sage Cafe


David Holt at Sage Cafe (2006)

The monthly Appalachian Music Concert Series at Sage Cafe features traditional musicians from across the Appalachian Region and beyond.

Fall 2013    (7:30-8:30 PM)

September 11 – The Stuart Brothers: Old-Time Fiddle & Banjo from Cold Mountain

October 2 – Si Kahn and the Looping Brothers:  Renowned singer/songwriter and activist, with bluegrass from Germany

November 6 – WWC Traditional Music Faculty Concert

December 4 – Warren Wilson Old-Time and Bluegrass Band Ensembles

December 11 – Traditional Music Student Concert

Fiddles and Folklife Festival


Each April, traditional musicians and crafters from the region come to the Warren Wilson campus for the Fiddles and Folklife Festival. This event features an old-time music contest for fiddle, banjo, and stringband, as well as music jams, food and craft vendors, folklife demonstrators, and cakewalks.

The Old Farmer's Ball 


The Asheville dance community comes to Warren Wilson every Thursday for a weekly contra and square dance at Bryson Gym. This dance, founded in 1982, has helped make the Asheville area one of the most thriving contra dance scenes in the entire country. In addition to the numerous local musicians and callers from the Asheville region, it has become a popular stop for many nationally-known touring bands and dance callers.

The Swannanoa Gathering


Each summer since 1992, musicians and dancers from across the country and around the world have come to the campus of Warren Wilson College during the month of July for week-long sessions of traditional music and dance. The days are filled with classes taught by world-renowned instructors, and the evenings are filled with concerts, dances, and jam sessions that last long into the night. Programs include: Traditional Song Week, Celtic Week, Old-Time Music & Dance Week, Contemporary Folk Week, Guitar Week, Fiddle Week, and Banjo/Mandolin Week.