Spring City brings Appalachia to the Manti-La Sals during the Bluegrass and Folk Festival

 

Greg Knight

Staff writer

8/3/2017

 

SPRING CITY—Tennessee Stewart is the kind of bluegrass enthusiast that one might find in the hollows and hills just outside of Nashville—a man of the common touch, with a tremendous love for mandolins, banjos, fiddles and guitars—and this weekend, he is bringing a little bit of what he calls “the people’s music” to the Spring City Bluegrass & Folk Festival at Spring City Park and Community Center.

The festival, which has been held in a variety of locations in Spring City during the past eight years, will make its debut as a fully-sponsored city event at the park.

A songwriter’s circle and open mic will kick off the festival’s opening at 3 p.m. on Friday. Gates open at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Stewart, who is in his first year as the sole organizer of the event, said he wants to spread the joy and gospel of bluegrass and folk music to Spring City residents and visitors alike.

“Bluegrass is a lot like country music, except there aren’t so many stories about your sister taking up with a bum, or the wife who has left you,” Stewart said. “The lyrics in this form of music are more about the happenings of everyday life. We’ve also added folk music to this year’s festival, so we’re going to have a greater variety of music than we did in past years.”

Friday will primarily feature folk artists, with Fiddler’s Circle, Drew and Lacey Williams, Nancy Hansen, Six feet in the Pine and the Peter Breinholt Band rounding out the day’s performances. On Saturday, the bill will feature Free Healin’ Boys, Snow Bluegrass, Fiddlers Express, Six Feet in the Pine, Facing West, Cheri Call and Tyler Castleton, Mary K and Mountain Country.

Spring City-based duo Skyline Drive will headline the festival on Saturday, starting at 9 p.m.

“Every one of these bands and musicians has a different sound and a different type of following,” Stewart added. “They also each have a following, so we are expecting to see a lot of visitors from Salt Lake City come down to visit and see the bands. On Saturday, Skyline Drive is going to play a great show, I’m sure. The two young men in that band are tremendous players and have spent time in Nashville, so they will bring a lot of talent and a lot of energy to the stage.”

Camping will be available on a limited basis at locations throughout Spring City.  Campers are asked to inquire about available sites at the festival information booth.

Tickets are $15 per person per day, or $25 for a two-day pass. Family passes, which include admission for two adults and up to three children, are $25 each day. Veterans or active duty military can purchase tickets for $10 each day. Tickets can be purchased online at SpringCityBluegrass.org/tickets or at the gate.