Music N'All at the Barn
Live bluegrass music every Tuesday night beginning at 7 p.m.
Charlie Poole Music Festival
The premier program of the Piedmont Folk Legacies is the annual Charlie Poole Music Festival, now in its 15th year. The festival, held in Eden the second weekend of June, features performances by nationally known artists and old time and bluegrass music competition.
Charlie Poole was a legendary banjoist who lived and worked in Eden in the 1920s. His style has influenced several generations of musicians and continues to do so. In 2005, the North Carolina legislature honored is importance to American music and the state. In 2007, The Recording Academy added Poole's 1925 recording of "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down Blues" to the Grammy Hall of Fame.
To learn more about the festival, visit their online resource.
National Banjo Center
In 2006, after extensive discussions with banjoists, banjo collectors, music scholars, luthiers, and banjo manufacturers, Piedmont Folk Legacies began the ambitious task of developing a national banjo center as a clearinghouse for banjo-related information. The center will contain permanent and changing exhibits related to the banjo and American music, an archival repository for banjos and related materials and documents, classroom space for workshops and music instruction, a performance theater and a recording studio.
The history of the banjo is the linear history of the United States - from its transition onto the minstrel stage, the rise of ragtime and cakewalks, jazz, bluegrass, old time and folk. There is no other instrument that has had such an effect on international music and that demonstrates the unique gift America has made to the world. It is our belief there should be a center that celebrates this achievement.
Piedmont Folk Legacies is a private non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation based in Eden, North Carolina. PFL's mission is to promote and preserve the musical and cultural legacy of the Piedmont region and to celebrate its influence on the development of American vernacular music, as exemplified by Charlie Poole.