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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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Memory Minute in the Yancey Common Times Journal


Poor Man's Supper to Benefit Memory Minutes October 26

Sm PoorManSupperThe Traditional Voices Group (TVG) will hold a Poor Man's Supper on Saturday, October 26, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall at the Burnsville First Baptist Church. This is a fund-raising event to support our Oral History Project, an initiative to collect and preserve stories about our local heritage. You can listen to some of these stories, called Memory Minutes, Monday through Friday on WKYK at 8:45 am and 5:45 pm and on WTOE at 7:40 am. Follow the link from our website ( ) to watch a video version of Memory Minutes.

The Poor Man's Supper will include beans, cornbread, slaw and dessert. Take outs will be available beginning at 4:30. We will also hold a silent auction of special cakes and other donated items. Local musicians will entertain. Tickets can be purchased for $10 at the door or in advance at the Burnsville Chamber of Commerce and the Mountain. Heritage Center. For more information call 828-682-9654.

There will be a lot going on in Burnsville that night. Beginning at 7:00 pm, Little Roy and Lizzy will perform at the Burnsville Town Center and the Yancey County Salute to Hee Haw will take the stage at the Mountain Heritage High School. Prior to these events, we invite you to share in a traditional meal while supporting a good cause.

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.