MA (Master of Arts)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Ronald R. Roach
Lee B. Bidgood, Nathaniel J. Olson
This thesis examines the history of the Folk Festival of the Smokies, which sought to preserve old-time music as an expression of southern Appalachian regional culture. The study uses qualitative methods, including personal interviews with one of the founders and significant festival participants, supplemented with archival and historical research into photographs, festival performances and literature regarding the festival. Since the festival operated for thirty-three years as a small festival in a relatively isolated location in eastern Tennessee, this case study serves as an example of the role of festivals in intangible cultural heritage preservation in relatively rural settings. The legacy of the festival is examined, along with its impact on succeeding festivals. The thesis concludes with a discussion of the role and future of music festivals in the old-time music community.
Thesis - unrestricted
Luckey-Smith, Keegan, "The Folk Festival of the Smokies and the Role of Music Festivals in Preserving Old-Time Music in Appalachia" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 4147. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/4147
Copyright by the authors.