Auction part of Saturday bluegrass festival

Published 9:22 am Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival’s silent auction has the help of The Swicegood Group of Mocksville.

Bidders may visit for more information, or use their smart phone’s app store to download the Swicegood Auction app.

“It’s a pleasure to donate our resources and skills to Carolina Bible Camp,” said T. Kyle Swicegood, president of The Swicegood Group. “Elizabeth and I believe in supporting Christian education and recreational experiences for kids. Putting the CBC Silent Auction online is one way we can magnify the camp’s exposure and earning potential.”

Organizers for the 6th Annual Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival announced artists’ donations to the Sept. 9 silent auction.

The festival, at the camp at 1988 Jericho Church Road in Mocksville, features Blue Highway, Dom Flemons, Song of the Mountains emcee Tim White and Troublesome Hollow, Fireside Collective, and the Loose Strings Band. Music is from noon-6 p.m.

“Through the generosity of our artists, we can provide festival guests with a true once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said festival Chair Gregory J. Brewer. “We have original manuscripts to songs, handwritten copies of a song, personal instruments from an artist, and more. The winning bidders will take those home with them.”

The following items have been contributed:

• Grammy winner Tim Stafford of Blue Highway contributed the original, handwritten manuscript of the song, “Nothing But a Whippoorwill.” Stafford co-wrote the piece in 2003 with Steve Gulley.

• Stafford contributed the original, handwritten manuscript of the song, “When Day Is Done,” a 1998 collaboration with Bobby Starnes.

• Stafford has written by hand the lyrics to “Some Day,” the group’s highly popular elegy for which he composed the melody.

• Blue Highway is offering the opportunity for a fan to join them onstage for the festival’s finale, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?”

As Swicegood put it, “It’s your opportunity to be a star for a day.” Bidder must be present at the festival.

• Grammy winner Dom Flemons, The American Songster, donated a set of autographed quills from his collection. Handmade by Andean artist Edmond Badoux, the quills, or panpipes, are played by blowing across the tops of the pipes of varying lengths. Flemons will give the high bidder a brief personal lesson in how to play.

• Tim White, host of the PBS program Song of the Mountains, donated two tickets to the November taping in Marion, Va. The high bidder will also be treated to a personal backstage tour of the Lincoln Theatre by White, and enjoy a photo opportunity.

• White donated a limited edition, signed and numbered print of his “Bristol-Birthplace-Country Music” mural. White painted the 30 by 100 feet mural in 1986 on a building in Bristol, Tenn. The mural features the first superstars of country music including Jimmie Rodgers, The Carter Family, The Stonemans and Victor Records man Ralph Peer.

• For the Sierra Hull fan, there is a matted and framed poster from the 2015 Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass festival, signed by the performing artists including Hull, her now-husband, Justin Moses, and more.

• For the Scythian fan, there is a matted poster from the 2016 Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass festival, signed by all of that year’s performing artists.

• North Carolina cigar box luthier Thomas Taylor has donated a 6-string cigar box guitar to the auction.

• Craftsman Adam Broadway has contributed a cutting board made from wood as old as 1898. The colored woods were repurposed from  the Cooleemee Cotton Mill where Broadway’s great-grandfather, Ira, once walked.

The family-friendly festival is a tobacco free, alcohol-free event. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. Children under 12 are admitted free with a paying adult.

Voted the “Favorite Bluegrass Artist of All Time” by the readers of Bluegrass Today, Blue Highway has earned 26 collective IBMA Awards, 6 SPBMGA Awards, a Dove Award, and numerous Grammy nominations. They are nominated for a 2017 Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album for “Original Traditional.” Members include Jason Burleson (banjo, vocals), Shawn Lane (mandolin, fiddle, vocals), Gaven Largent (dobro, vocals), Tim Stafford (guitar, vocals), and Wayne Taylor (bass, vocals).