New to the festival this year is Mootenanny — Folkmoot’s outdoor “folkways” gathering of people in a Hazelwood-style barbecue picnic.
It will be held on Sunday, July 21 featuring nationally touring Americana musicians, Plott Hound and timber sports demonstrations, southern storytellers, crafts vendors and vendors sharing Appalachian cultural practices.
Headlining the event will be Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters, who perform at 7:30 p.m.
Lyrically driven, the songs of Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters blend the band’s old-school country roots attitude with their shared influences of rock and folk.
Based in Asheville, Amanda Anne Platt is a storyteller by nature with an incredible band backing her. Performing along Platt, The Honeycutters are Matt Smith on pedal steel and guitar, Rick Cooper on bass, and Evan Martin on drums and harmony vocals.
There is an empathetic and charming wit ingrained in Platt’s songwriting. She has a knack for accessing a deep well of emotion and applying it to her story-telling, whether she is writing from her own experiences or immersing herself into the melody of emotions in another person's life.