Those in attendance for the 51st Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ are sure to be delighted with music to be presented by local and regional musicians during the festival run Oct. 2-3. The Swappin’ Meetin’ — one of the oldest festivals of its kind within the boundaries of the commonwealth — will once again feature a variety of live music from a stage located outside the door of the Appalachian Center’s lower level.
The venerable folk and arts festival will be held on the Cumberland campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. Southeast professor and musician Zelma Forbes has assembled a lineup that will feature headliner entertainers Lee Sexton and T.V. Barnett and the Roan Mountain Moonshiners.
Sexton, 86, is a banjo player and hails from Letcher County. He began playing the banjo at age eight and is proficient in the two-finger picking and drop-thumb or claw-hammer styles of eastern Kentucky. He is also a singer and will perform with Johnny Sexton.
T.V. Barnett and his group, featuring Rhodyjane Meadows, are from upper east Tennessee. T.V. has mastered a fiddle style that has existed on Roan Mountain for over two centuries. Rhodyjane sings, dances, plays guitar and auto harp. She appeared at the Swappin’ Meetin’ a year ago, headlining the all woman group Thistle Dew.
Slated for Friday there will be a gospel concert in the theater of the Edsel Godbey Appalachian Center. The performance is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., and the groups and performers scheduled to appear will include: Common Ground, Tommy White, Art Halcomb, Natalie Thomlinson, Tammie Chapman, Lyna Cornett, Jake and Ruby Ravizee and performers from the Loyall Baptist Church.
Admission is free.
For more information, contact Chapman at SKCTC at 606-589-2145.