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TVG Recipient of 2013 North Carolina Humanities Council Grant for RiddleFest

Visit the Blue Ridge Music Trails web site for information about live traditional music in our area.

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Coming Soon! The 2014 RiddleFest

The 2014 RiddleFest will occur over the weekend of June 21-22 and will focus on railroad and work songs of the southern Appalachian Mountains.

The schedule of events follows:


  • Saturday Morning at the Orchard at Altapass – 10:30-noon. Children will learn mountain railroad and work songs from ETSU students and make a take-away CD of their singing 
  • Saturday afternoon - 2-4 pm - Professor Lee Bidgood, from East Tennessee State University's Program in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies will lead a lecture/demonstration at the Burnsville Town Center about the history and variety of railroad and work songs in the mountains.
  • Saturday evening – 7-9 pm - The annual RiddleFest Concert takes place at the Burnsville Town Center, presented by Lee Bidgood and the ETSU Bluegrass and Old Time Bands. Tickets are $10 at the door or at the Burnsville Town Center ahead of time.


  • Sunday Afternoon - 1-4 pm - Bidgood and the ETSU students will play the regular free afternoon concertat the Historic Orchard at Altapass. Visitors can dance and sing along to traditional work and railroad songs.

For complete information, click the 2014 RiddleFest Link under the RiddleFest Tab at the top of the page - or click the link here:  2014 RiddleFest 


Check Out This Recent Video

Two Traditional Voices Group board members, Terry McKinney and Danny McIntosh, were interviewed for a recent piece about Lesley Riddle. WRAL, a TV station in Raleigh highlighted the Leslie Riddle story, with a little history lesson from Terry and Danny.

To view the story, use the link below:


The Mission of the Traditional Voices Group is to collect, document and preserve the cultural and musical heritage, and the traditions that are unique to the communities of the Toe River Valley, but not excluding the surrounding areas that are a part of the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina.

The gathering of oral histories, documentations, art and music will be available through the use of text, audio and video recordings for the purpose of scholastic pursuits, pride and unity of community and for present and future generations to understand the significance of what and how these areas have contributed to society.