Merle fest

Merle Fest, North CarolinaMerle Fest takes place at Wilkes Community College, Wilkesboro, North Carolina

Merle Fest 2012 dates – 26th to 29th April

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Doc Watson, Richard Watson, Timmy and Susana Abell, Alberti Flea Circus, Assembly of Dust, Banknotes, Benedict College Gospel Choir, Blind Boy Chocolate & The Milk Sheiks, Roy Book Binder, Laura Boosinger, The Boxcars, Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys, Brooke and George Buckner, Buffalo Barfield, Sam Bush, T. Michael Coleman, Dailey & Vincent, The Deep Dark Woods, Dehlia Low, Donna the Buffalo, Casey Driessen, Sarah and Christian Dugas, Enter The Haggis, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, the Original Lineup, Mary Flower, The Gibson Brothers, Vince Gill, The Greencards, Mitch Greenhill, Stefan Grossman, John Hammond, Wayne Henderson, Bob Hill, David Holt, The Honeycutters, Sierra Hull & Highway 111, The InterACTive Theater of Jef, Fruteland Jackson, Johnson, Phil and Gaye, Johnson’s Crossroad, Jubal’s Kin, The Kickin Grass Band, Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, The Kruger Brothers, Jim Lauderdale, Jack Lawrence, Jeff Little, The Local Boys, Los Lobos, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Claire Lynch Band, Dougie MacLean, Bill Mathis, Andy May, Cliff Miller, Misty River Band, Nashville Bluegrass Band, The Neighbors, Paul’s Creek Band, Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile, Joe Sam Queen, Red June, Tony Rice Unit, Carol Rifkin, Michael Roach, Peter Rowan & The Free Mexican Airforce, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Scythian, The Sigmon Stringers, Sims Country Cloggers, Steve and Ruth Smith, Joe Smothers, Snyder Family Band, The Steel Wheels, Steep Canyon Rangers, The Stoney Creek Boys, Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, Tut Taylor, Tedeschi Trucks Band, ToneBlazers, Happy Traum, Viper’s Dream, The Waybacks, Charles Welch, Pete and Joan Wernick, Ted White, The Wild Rumpus, Tony Williamson,  Wylie & the Wild West, The Zephyr Lightning Bolts

The History Of Merle Fest

MerleFest was founded in 1988 in Memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and to celebrate “traditional plus” music.

MerleFest, which began in 1988, is about the Music, Moments, and Memories.

The Music of MerleFest is “traditional-plus” and Doc Watson himself describes it best: “When Merle and I started out we called our music ‘traditional-plus,’ meaning the traditional music of the Appalachian region plus whatever other styles we were in the mood to play. Since the beginning, the people of the college and I have agreed that the music of MerleFest is ‘traditional-plus’.”

The Moments of MerleFest are those unique experiences that only happen here. It may be two musicians you never expected to see collaborating, a shooting star over The Watson Stage during an evening’s closing set, or that one set that seems to have touched everyone in the audience.  The Memories of MerleFest includes the memory of Eddy Merle Watson, who we honor each day with The Tribute to Merle, and the new memories we create each year we come together to celebrate MerleFest.

MerleFest is produced each year by the Wilkes Community College Endowment Corporation and managed by the staff of the college’s Development Office. The event is the primary fundraiser for Wilkes Community College.

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