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Old-time duo kicks off Songcatchers in Pisgah

Acclaimed old-time musicians Laura Boosinger and Josh Goforth will open the annual Songcatchers Music Series at Cradle of Forestry on Sunday.


Now in its 12th year, the series honors traditional mountain music. This year's series is sponsored by Morrow Insurance Agency Inc. Shows are at 4 p.m. Sunday afternoons in July.
Boosinger and Goforth will present a varied set of old-time favorites, originals, a little swing and duet harmonies. Boosinger possesses an "essence of the mountains" spirit that goes back to the old days when folks huddled around the radio. Goforth, a Grammy Award nominee, is an acclaimed fiddler, guitar picker and mandolin player from Madison County.
Concerts take place in the Cradle's covered outdoor amphitheater unless bad weather moves them indoors. The stage show begins with warm-up music at 4:00. The main performers play from about 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Local old-time musicians are often on-site to play informally by the Cradle's Moon Tree at 3 p.m. before the concert.
Admission for all shows is $6 for ages 16 and older; $3 for youth 15 and under and America the Beautiful and Golden Age pass holders. The Cradle of Forestry is on U.S. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway. For more information call 828-877-3130 or go to www.cradleofforestry.org.