Pricketts Fort Carries On The Tradition Of Music

Traditional Music originates everywhere and nowhere at the same time. By definition, it is the first music developed in a region— and that’s anywhere in the world. It’s composer-less, cultural and social.

North America is full of folk music (or root music; both are terms for traditional music). Canadian Punjabi, Cajun and bluegrass to name a few. The United States has many forms just in itself.

But let’s get to what we really want to hear… literally.


music jam

Traditional Music Day at Pricketts Fort


Appalachian folk music is derived, of course, from European influences like English, Irish and Scottish. (Think fiddle. Think fiddle real hard.) Absolutely essential Appalachian instruments include the banjo, denoting some African influence in there, too. Other instruments are the guitar and the fretted dulcimer, a creation of Appalachia’s very own.

Our music didn’t just get us by. By no means did it stagnate and find its own end by doing nothing. No! Nothing of the sort!  Appalachian folk music created old-time music, country music and bluegrass. All this while planning its own comeback bigger than any other (including but not limited to: the Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls and even Michael Jackson himself!) It was the most integral aspect of the American folk music revival! Without it, what would there be to revive? You see how much it’s done!  


Amphitheater Sign

Pricketts Fort Amphitheater


Enjoy a full day of this traditional music with musician after musician after musician!  Scheduled performances all day long with informal jamming in the park.

Jamming will take place outside throughout the park – under trees, in the parking lot, on tailgates… Bring your guitars, dulcimers, banjos, mandolins, jaw harps, nose harps, jugs (empty please), autoharps and everything not mentioned. Sit down to play and others will come join you.


jam session

Traditional Music Day Jam Session


  • Pricketts Fort Traditional Music Day
  • Pricketts Fort Amphitheatre
  • Saturday Sept. 17
  • 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
  • Free Performance *

SNEAK PEAK Performance Schedule

  • 10:00- Keith and Leigh Ann
  • 10:30- DAA Strummers
  • 11:00- Half a Group
  • 11:30- Robert Lackey
  • 12:00- Acme Tune Company
  • 12:30- Mtn. William Strings
  • 1:00- Looman’s Legacy
  • 1:30- Back Porch Pickers
  • 2:00- Kennedy Barn String Band
  • 2:30- Dan Cunningham
  • 12:00 – 2:00 Hands-on Lap Dulcimer with Judy Werner.
Jam Session During Traditional Music Day at Pricketts Fort

Jam Session During Traditional Music Day at Pricketts Fort


Don’t just take your ears back to tradition. Think about your eyes! Hear the distant tunes of our culture as you *tour the fort and Job Prickett House (requires a ticket).

What’s your favorite traditional Appalachian instrument?


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