Posted on July 2nd, 2014

The Asheville team has a couple of performances coming up!  Come say hello!

​Joe Shannon's Mountain Home Music Concert Series
July 12th
7:30pm
Harvest House Performing Arts Venue
Boone, NC
http://www.mountainhomemusic.com/

Folkmoot USA Candlelight Closing Ceremonies
July 27th
7:00pm
Stuart Auditorium
Lake Junaluska, NC
www.folkmootusa.org

Shindig on the Green
August 16th 
"Long about Sundown" 7pm
Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park
Downtown, Asheville, NC
http://www.folkheritage.org/shindigonthegreen.htm
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Posted on July 2nd, 2014


Carolina Chocolate Drops & The Green Grass Cloggers

Monday, March 3, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Bardo Fine & Performing Arts Center
https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/BuyNew.asp?EventID=99061#.Uw_joXmPLVQ
Western Carolina University
$5 Students/ $10 Adults

Tickets Link: https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/BuyNew.asp?EventID=99061#.Uw_joXmPLVQ
WCU Link: http://www.wcu.edu/event-calendar/index.asp


Posted on January 22nd, 2012

Thank you for celebrating our 40th anniversary with us! We had a great year filled with performances, good times, laughter, and memories.
Februay 25 - Grey Eagle
with the Freight Hoppers
April 29-May 30 - Merlefest
May 15-Lake Eden Arts Festival
May 27-28 - Fiddler's Grove
with the Greenville Home Team
June 11-Bluff Mountain Festival
July 17-Sunday in the Park
with the Greenville Home Team
July 20- Swannanoa Gathering
August 27 - Shindig on the Green
with the Greenville Home Team
September 16-18- Hoppin' John Official GGC 40th Reunion
with the Greenville Home Team
October 7-9 - Shakori Hills
November 5-East Carolina University
with the Greenville Home Team
www.folkheritage.org/shindigonthegreen.htm

Posted on August 22nd, 2011

Join us on Saturday, August 27 'along about sundown' for Shindig on the Green! The Greenville Home Team will be joining us for two routines on the Lunsford. Come on down to Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park... the music starts at 7:00.
For more information, go to www.folkheritage.org/shindigonthegreen.htm

Posted on July 24th, 2011

On Wednesday, July 20 we had the honor of dancing during the "Guest Master Artist" portion of Old Time Week at the Swannanoa Gathering. We were able to tell the history of the cloggers, as well as share stories, dance some routines, and introduce the dancers. Green Grass mentor Robert Dotson joined us.
In the evening, we closed out the concert with a two-set Indian and a freestyle accompanied by Rayna Gellert, Susie Goering, Rick Good, Kevin Kerber, and Jeff Keith. Robert Dotson came out to join us onstage, and we were delighted to have veteran Green Grass Cloggers Phil Jamison, Gordy Hinners, Karen Bartlett, and Sharon Leahy join us! It also marked Trina Royar's return to the stage.
Before the performance, we were presented with the Folk Heritage Award from the Charlotte Folk Society, which was quite a surprise to all of us!
The plaque reads:
"Thank you for 40 years of spreading the joy of clogging, an original North Carolina folk dance, around the world. May you inspire generations of cloggers yet to come with your happy, spirited dancing as you have inspired thousands before."

Many thanks to the Charlotte Folk Society for the recognition and kind words, and to the Swannanoa Gathering for inviting us to come and participate.

Posted on July 21st, 2011

Eight members of the Asheville team traveled to Greenville on Sunday, July 17 to dance at Sunday in the Park with the Home Team and a good time was had by all! Special thanks to the Celtibillies for the music, and to the Home Team for the invitation and hospitality.
Click here to see some photos from the Greenville online newspaper.

Posted on May 4th, 2011

We had an absolute blast at MerleFest where we were busy dancing and teaching workshops each day. We were honored and delighted to get invited to dance at both the Midnight Jam and on the Watson Stage. Both the home team and the road team came together for a wonderful weekend of fun and fabulous music and dance.

Our next stop is the Lake Eden Arts Festival on May 13-15. Join us in Eden Hall on Friday night, May 13 for a freestyle dance party in honor of Robert Dotson's birthday (Robert will be there to celebrate, too!). On Sunday, we will teach a workshop in the Brookside Dance Hall before running over to Lakeside for a performance on the main stage. We've been working with some fantastic kids from The Learning Community School as part of a LEAF in Schools and Streets program, so they will be joining us on the main stage for a tune.
Be sure to check out www.theleaf.org for more information.

Posted on February 11th, 2011


Hold onto your hats! On Friday, February 25, 2011, we'll be dancing a few tunes with the Freight Hoppers at the Grey Eagle in Asheville! For tickets, go to www.thegreyeagle.com.
Opening act is Chompin at the Bit String Band.
Show starts at 9pm. Tickets are $10 advance / $12 day of show.

The Freight Hoppers - www.myspace.com/thefreighthoppers
After more than a decade The Freight Hoppers have released their eagerly awaited fourth album Mile Marker. This collection includes music that was first recorded in the late 1920's and early 1930's, and spans geographically from Mississippi to West Virginia. The Freight Hoppers play hard driving old time music with an emotional, raw excitement that keeps one foot planted in the past and the other in the present. Of course that’s only when they keep their feet still, for this is high energy dance music of an older day played like there's no tomorrow. Finding their passion from a love of stringband music of the 1920's and 30's, The Freight Hoppers have been entertaining crowds of fans at festivals and music halls alike as they travel around the country. The heart of the band is held together by the powerhouse fiddle and banjo combo of David Bass and Frank Lee, while the rhythm section of Isaac Deal on guitar and Bradley Adams on string bass keep the groove moving. Add in the vocal duo of Frank and Isaac, and you've got yourself one of the most exciting traditional bands to come out of the woodwork. Based out of the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, The Freight Hoppers draw from a deep source of rural southern music for their inspiration, and are proud to present music that is still very much alive and meaningful to today's world.

Posted on January 9th, 2011

We are excited to dance at MerleFest once again this spring!

Tentative Schedule:

Friday, April 28 - Green Grass Cloggers with the Paul's Creek Band

Saturday, April 29- Green Grass Cloggers with the Freight Hoppers

Sunday, May 1 - Green Grass Cloggers with the Corklickers

More details to come as we get closer.

For more information about MerleFest, go to www.merlefest.org.
Photo from MerleFest '06

Posted on January 7th, 2011

On December 19, The Green Grass Cloggers hosted 'Helping Hands for Trina', a benefit for fellow clogger Trina Royar, at the Grey Eagle Tavern and Music Hall in Asheville.

Acts included: New Southern Ramblers, Green Grass Cloggers, Bob Willoughby's Country/Swing Revival, Trevor and Travis Stuart, Paul's Creek Band, Reems Creek Rattlers, Red Wellies and Friends, Blue-eyed Girl, and Twisty Cuffs.

The benefit was a huge success. From the generosity of all who gave of their time, talents, and money, we raised over $4,000 for the Trina Royar Medical Trust. Special thanks to all of the musicians, decorators, dancers and especially Laurel for managing the Silent Auction - it alone raised over $1400 dollars. Also a special shout out to Jeff and staff at the Grey Eagle for their continued support of our music and dance community.

From all the Green Grass Cloggers - thanks for a job well done!

If you were unable to be there and would like to do make a donation, please make checks payable to: The Trina Royar Medical Trust, 271 Murdock, Asheville, NC 28804.


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