Folkmoot Mootenanny 2019

Folkmoot's inaugural Folkways festival scheduled for Hazelwood in July!

Folkmoot’s outdoor folkways gathering is a Hazelwood-style barbeque picnic on July 21 that features nationally touring Americana musicians, Plott Hound and heritage demonstrations, southern storytellers, crafts vendors and more!



2020 date to be determined


112 Virginia Ave., Waynesville
Historic Hazelwood School | Folkmoot Center
(Outdoors in the Folkmoot Greenspace)

2019 Mootenanny Performers & Presenters in Review

Mootenanny 2019 | Music

Music Lineup

William Ritter & Sarah Ogletree – 2:00 pm
Joey Fortner & the Universal Sound – 3:45 pm
Jim Avett – 4:45 pm
Ol’ Dirty Bathtub – 6:15 pm
Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters – 7:45 pm

Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters

Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters are on tour with their latest album, a self-titled disc released June 9, 2017 on Organic Records. 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. Amanda says of the album, “I think it’s just about life and all that that entails. Including but not limited to death, strangers, birthdays, money, leaving, arriving, seasons, corruption, and love.”

Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters

Jim Avett

Jim Avett’s shows are a combination of beloved country tunes, original ballads, and the stories he tells to introduce them. One comes away from a Jim Avett performance with the feeling that this is an honest man sharing his life and his love of music. It’s like spending the evening on the front porch singing and talking with a good friend.

Joey Fortner & the Universal Sound

For the past decade, Joey Fortner ran around the Southeast in the role of a banjo-playing side man. Slowly, though, he eased away from the banjo and up to the mic, guitar in hand and backed by a new band of western North Carolina music veterans and good friends. The “Universal Sound” encompasses the ideas in Joey’s musical mind, blending Americana, Bluegrass and a touch of Rock N Roll.

Ol’ Dirty Bathtub

Ol’ Dirty Bathtub
Not be your grandpappy’s bluegrass, but he’ll dig it too! Based out of Sylva, NC, Ol’ Dirty Bathtub is a five piece band that plays an original mix of americana, folk, and bluegrass. Energetic guitar and dobro gets audiences grooving!

Mootenanny 2019 | Heritage

Author and historian Bob Plott, Heritage Stage Coordinator at Folkmoot's Mootenanny Festival 2019

Bob Plott

Heritage stage organizer Bob Plott is an author, historian, and winner of North Carolina’s Long Leaf Pine Award. He’s a North Carolina native who can trace his family roots in the Old North State back to 1750, when his great-great-great-grandfather (Johannes) George Plott arrived here with five of the family hunting dogs. These dogs would later become renowned as the premier big game hunting dog breed in America – the Plott bear hound.

Brian Noland

Brian Noland is a native of Haywood County and a fourth generation bear hunter and Plott hound enthusiast. He is an expert blacksmith renowned for his gun making and knife making skills and is work has been sold and featured across the country. Brian first learned his metal working skills from two Haywood County legends, Earl Lanning and Charles Miller, both of whom endorse his work. Noland is also an expert horse trainer.

William Ritter and Sarah Ogletree

William Ritter and Sarah Ogletree

William Ritter finds fascination in the traditional music and foodways, particularly from western North Carolina, and he shares his passion through performing, teaching, and writing. Growing up in Western North Carolina gave both William Ritter and his wife Sarah Ogletree a love for the music traditional to our area. They sing old love songs, new love songs, and traditional mountain music. William earned a masters in Appalachian Culture and Music and Sarah shares with him a passion for harmony singing and good old-fashioned tunes.

At Mootenanny, they’ll present traditional ballads and discuss heirloom seeds.

Gary Bowen

Gary Bowen

Gary Bowen is a North Carolina native who has been a member and officer of the American Plott Association for over three decades and is expert hunter and Plott breeder. Bowen will present on bear hunting with Plotts, and will bring dogs and a mechanical bear for demonstrations.

Renea Winchester

Renea Winchester

An award-winning columnist and author of two books, Renea Winchester will speak about the healing powers of traditional mountain medicine.

Jeremy Messer

Jeremy is a native of Haywood County and owner of Lickstone Kennels where he trains and breed champion bear hunting Plott hounds. He also makes his living as a licensed hunting guide.

Charles Brown (left) and Bob Plott
Charles Brown

Charles Stratton Brown

Charles Stratton Brown is a native of Maryville, Tennessee and now lives in Stokes County, N.C. where he makes turkey calls, primitive 18th century powder horns, knives and hunting bags made from deer hides that he harvested and tanned himself. Charlie was featured along with Bob Plott on the History Channel TV show “Only In America,” and has done primitive hunting camp demos along with Bob Plott at WCU, Fort Dobbs, Fort Loundon and Martin’s Station–among many other locations where he often teaches primitive survival skills.  Brown is an expert hunter and one of the few expert bark and brain tanned deer hide tanners in the southeast.