Musicians strum tunes at 2019 String Band Music Festival

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CLIFFTOP, WV (WVNS) — Musicians from around the world are flocking to the grounds of Camp Washington-Carver in the mountains of Fayette County to enjoy some old time tunes.

For Kentucky native, Dennis Rhodes, he comes back each year to join other Flatfoot Dancers in taping their heels to the rhythm of a song.

“I came here 17 years ago,” Rhodes told 59 News. “Everybody told me I needed to come here to dance and I did. I’ve been back here ever since.”

Rhodes was joined by thousands of dancers, musicians, and old time music lovers from around the globe at the 2019 Appalachian String Band Festival, simply known as “Clifftop.”

“We’ve had people from as far as Australia and England,” Rhodes added. “They come here to learn to dance and we teach them and it’s a blast.”

Open to campers and day visitors, the five day annual event features food, contests in different genres, concerts, dances, and instrumental sessions.

Everywhere you walk on the grounds, people, like Philadelphia musician Jordan Rast, are intermingling and strumming tunes together.

“A lot of it is just learning tunes… and teaching those tunes to other people,” Rast said. “There’s a common repertoire of songs that have just been passed down through generations. “

While these songs tell old tales of Appalachia, this festival brings older and newer generations together, while filling music through the air.

“To keep playing these songs, and to keep that tradition alive is so cool, so important, and pretty magical,” Rast said.

The festival will run from July 31 to August 4. For more on ticket prices, concert rules, and directions you can visit the link below:

http://www.wvculture.org/stringband/index.html?fbclid=IwAR2GBfoJtwixj6gohI5L4G3m0E6JIIRG6YpmoHiVkJYuCYCf20o-EuTAgHU

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