Come join us for the second Rugby Roots event of the year! This special event takes the place of our old Spring Festival of British and Appalachian Culture that withstood the test of time for over forty years.

We are thrilled to continue the tradition but put a new spin on it by focusing on the performing arts including Music, Dancing and Storytelling! This revitalized event is now known as the Rugby Roots: Appalachian Arts with a British Beat: Performing Arts Festival and takes place on Saturday, May 23,  from Noon (ET) until 6:30 p.m.

There will be outdoor concerts and storytelling venues during the day featuring various performers including musical acts The Empty Bottle String Band, Junction South, Michael Jacobs, Roy Harper, Butch and Doug and The Twangtown Paramours; dance troupes Lark in the Morn English Country Dancers and the Tenpenny Rapper sword dancers, and Storytellers Judy Baker, Tim Mangan and Joni Lovegrove. Click on the link to see the complete Festival schedule.

In this post we are featuring The Empty Bottle String Band, which is made up of Stephanie Jeter on autoharp/bass and vocals, Kristal Harman on guitar and vocals, Tyler Hughes on banjo/banjo uke and vocals, Ryan Nickerson on fiddle/mandolin. They hale from Johnson City and their genre is Old Time.

One of East Tennessee’s finest string bands, they specialize in playing toe-tapping, highly danceable old-time string band music and are known for their upbeat fiddle tunes and feel-good music!
Check out more about this intriguing band at their website: To listen to their music check out this link: Empty Bottle String Band sings “Willow Tree.

The days’ festivities will be topped off  by an evening concert at 7:00 p.m., ET, which will feature The Twangtown Paramours from Nashville!

Day admission: $5      Evening Concert: $5      Combined ticket (for both day and evening concerts): $8

Discounts available for residents of the tri-county area who must show ID

Hikes to the Rugby State Natural Areas’ Massengale Trail will be offered prior to noon

Rugby Roots events are made possible in part by a grant from the Arts Fund of the East Tennessee Foundation