Founded the Lexington Old-Time Music Gathering, a four-day city-wide music festival bringing Kentucky's traditional music and dance to the Commonwealth's largest urban epicenter. In 2015, this grassroots event brought hundreds of visitors into Lexington from across the country and featured “old masters” of traditional mountain music; dance callers from throughout the state; performances by accomplished old time string bands; youth workshops and performances; academic presentations; jamming for all skill levels; dance, singing and instrument workshops; musical instrument vendors and more. Kentucky’s rural diaspora, whose lineage was largely responsible for the development of our rich and unique cultural heritage, migrated to places like Lexington for work and other opportunities, making Lexington a perfect home for the contemporary revival of these arts.
OLD TIME MUSIC FESTIVAL
(2006 - 2016)
The now defunct Morehead Old Time Music Festival was founded in 2006 as the Morehead Old Time Fiddlers Convention. Upon its founding, the Morehead gathering was the first old time music style camp out in the Commonwealth focusing on regional fiddling traditions. The festival ran for 11 years and offered music contests, educational workshops, dancing, and camping to an international audience. The Morehead Old Time Music Festival was held on the Jaycee's Farm, just east of Morehead’s city limits, each summer in July.