Big names to play at CBC Bluegrass Festival

Published 9:19 am Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival takes place Sept. 12 in Mocksville at 1988 Jericho Church Road.

Mandolin prodigy, composer and vocalist Sierra Hull is headlining America’s only bluegrass festival that promotes Bible study, camping and wholesome recreation. The line-up also includes the Snyder Family Band, Luthier Wayne Henderson and flatpicker Clay Lunsford, and Tim White and the VW Boys from the PBS program Song of the Mountains.

The festival includes an exhibit of Ford Model A’s and other classic cars, as well as a jam tent, and free activities for kids.

Hull was the first bluegrass musician to be awarded a Presidential Scholarship to the Berklee School of Music. One writer called her “a perfect balance of humility and capability.” Her performances have included Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the National Prayer Breakfast.

Hull’s latest CD is titled Daybreak and includes seven of her own compositions.

The Snyder Family Band hails from Lexington. Zeb Snyder on guitar and Samantha Snyder on fiddle will be joined by their dad, Bud, on bass, and younger brother, Owen, on guitar. The Snyders play traditional bluegrass, making occasional forays into Celtic, blues, and southern rock. Their newest release is Wherever I Wander! which includes originals, classic rock covers, and a western swing selection.

Internationally known Luthier Wayne Henderson of Rugby, Va. is the subject of the New York Times bestseller Clapton’s Guitar, having built a guitar on request for Eric Clapton. He will play a set with special friends including Clay Lunsford, founder and president of the N.C. Thumbpickers. The organization promotes and preserves the musical guitar style known as thumbpicking made popular by the late Chet Atkins.

Tim White, host of the PBS syndicated television show Song of the Mountains, will perform with his group, the VW Boys. This trio is known for their musical talent, comedy and magic tricks.

Advance tickets are $15 at Children under 12 are admitted free. Seating is general admission festival style. Guests should bring their own chairs and blankets, but leave alcohol, tobacco, pets and coolers at home. The food line-up includes barbecue and sides for $12 a plate, or $6 hamburger plates with sides for children. Fresh sweet tea and other beverages will be available, along with cooked-from-scratch desserts and concession snacks.

A limited number of sponsorship and VIP ticketing opportunities with reserved seats and reserved parking are available. Limited handicapped parking is available. Limited RV parking with hook-ups is available for an additional fee. Vendor, volunteer, and fundraising opportunities are available.

The festival will be held rain or shine.

Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival is an alcohol-free, tobacco-free festival held on the grounds of Carolina Bible Camp in Mocksville.

Families can enjoy complimentary kids’ activities. The campus features a basketball court and a sand volleyball court. A substantial outdoor play set will be open to children. Volunteers will supervise free craft areas for children to create artwork from recycled items. Face painting artists will be on hand as well.

The fourth annual festival features the CBC Pickin’ Place for musicians to enjoy jamming together. The CBC Festival Arts area will feature handcrafted items, pottery and tie-dyed t-shirts for purchase. Proceeds benefit the camp’s scholarship and capital development funds.