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Scythian to headline Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival

The 9th Annual Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival lineup will include the high energy of Scythian, 2019 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Entertainer of the Year winners, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road, His & Hers, and BackPorch Bluegrass.

Always held the second Saturday in September, the family-friendly festival falls on Sept. 11, 2021. This is the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America. In honor of their service, all active-duty U.S. military personnel, law enforcement, firefighters and first responders will be admitted free with suitable ID the day of the festival. This offer recognizes military, law-enforcement officers, firefighters and paramedics who are serving their communities.

Scythian will headline the festival. They first appeared at the festival five years ago and were a huge hit with fans of all ages. Their family-friendly music includes classical, bluegrass, Celtic and gypsy tunes with some fun singalongs for the young and young at heart. Scythian includes Alex Fedoryka on fiddle, mandolin, bass and vocals; Danylo Fedoryka on rhythm guitar, accordion and vocals; Ethan Dean on electric/upright bass and vocals, and Johnny Rees on drums.

Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers finally make their first appearance at the festival, having been scheduled last year for the Covid-canceled 2020 festival. Mullins is a southwestern Ohio native who has been a recognizable banjo player, vocalist, and radio broadcaster for more than 30 years. He has won multiple awards, including the IBMA Broadcaster of the Year title in 2016. The Radio Ramblers include “Jumpin’” Jason Barie of Tennessee on fiddle; “Marvelous” Mike Terry of Kentucky on mandolin; “Rockin’” Randy Barnes of Kentucky on bass, and Adam McIntosh on rhythm guitar.

Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road won the IBMA 2019 Momentum Band of the Year. Liam is a multi-instrumentalist mandolin prodigy studying at the Berklee College of Music. He is joined by the talents of Jacob Smith (bass), Colton Kerchner (banjo) and Rob McCormac (guitar).

His & Hers are a Mocksville husband-and wife team known for their sweet harmonies on and off stage. Caleb Davis (guitar) and Sara Davis (mandolin) will present covers and originals of Americana, folk and more.

BackPorch Bluegrass kicked off this festival series at the first event 10 years ago. This Wilkes County-based band includes David Culler (lead vocals, guitar), Wes Tuttle (mandolin, fiddle), Tony Joines (banjo), Jake Joines (dobro) and Butch Barker (bass).

Music sound engineering will be provided once again by John Holder and Blue Ridge Sound.

Tickets for the all-volunteer produced Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival are available at www.cbcbluegrass.com. Ticket prices remain $15 in advance and $20 at the gate; children under 12 are admitted free with a paying adult or active-duty military/first responder.

Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival 2021 once again will feature classic cars. Visit www.cbcbluegrass.com and follow the festival on Facebook for announcements about special guests and free activities for kids.

The festival includes outdoor play equipment, free arts and crafts activities, and old-fashioned sidewalk games for kids of all ages. A range of vendors includes unique jewelry, artisans, a silent auction featuring specialty items, and more. Musicians will want to bring their instruments to take advantage of the Pickers’ Place jam tent.

Gates open at 10 a.m. No tickets will be sold after 3:45 p.m. so that everyone may enjoy the headliner’s performance. Current ticket holders can still get in even after 3:45. Parking is free. Handicapped parking and assistance is available for guests with special needs. Children under 12 are admitted free. Home cooked lunches, drinks and sandwiches are served on the grounds for an additional charge. No alcohol, no coolers, no pets, no smoking, no vaping. Bring your own chair or blanket. No high-backs. The festival will be held rain or shine. Large professional grade tents will help keep guests comfortable regardless of weather.

Carolina Bible Camp is at 1988 Jericho Church Road in Mocksville. For more information, contact CBC Bluegrass Festival Executive Director Lisa Brewer at (336) 262-6325 or visit www.cbcbluegrass.com.