Merlefest, the internationally renowned music festival and fundraiser established in 1988 to honor North Carolina Heritage Award–winning guitarist Doc Watson’s late son Merle, annually draws more than 70,000 people from 45 states, the District of Columbia and 10 foreign countries to Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro. The four-day festival of Americana music, which takes place April 28 – May 1 of this year, features an eclectic lineup that includes not only Doc Watson and grandson Richard, but also Grammy-winning old-time musician David Holt, mandolinist Tony Williamson, storyteller Bobby Hicks, children’s entertainers Susana and Timmy Abell, and artists including Robert Plant and the Band of Joy, Donna the Buffalo, Jim Lauderdale and dozens of others.
Below is a tiny sampling of the artists who’ll be appearing at this year’s festival. Click on one of the small boxes on the right to play in the larger window.
This year, Merlefest takes place from April 28 – May 1. Go to the Official Merlefest site for information about tickets, directions and accomodations.