Merlfest 2010 Line UP

by | 23 Oct, 2009

MerlfestMerleFest 2010, presented by Lowe’s and scheduled for 29th April – 2nd May 2010, has announced the line up for the event’s 23rd year.

The following artists will join host Doc Watson on the campus of Wilkes Community College for a celebration of traditional-plus music, a term Doc coined to describe the unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, and expanded to include Americana, country, plus whatever other styles we were in the mood to play.

Susana and Timmy Abell Alberti Flea Circus The Avett Brothers
Jim Avett Balsam Range Shana Banana
The Banknotes Bearfoot The Belleville Outfit
Roy Book Binder Brave Combo Buffalo Barfield
Sam Bush Band Cadillac Sky T. Michael Coleman
Elvis Costello John Cowan Band Dailey & Vincent
Dehlia Low Donna The Buffalo Jerry Douglas
The Duhks – Eleanor Ellis Alice Gerrard
The Gibson Brothers Great Big Sea The Greencards
Buddy Greene Mitch Greenhill George Hamilton IV
John Hammond Corey Harris Wayne Henderson
David Holt The InterACTive Theater of Jef Phil Jamison
Jeni & Billy The Kruger Brothers Jim Lauderdale
Jack Lawrence The Lee Boys Little Feat
Jeff Little The Local Boys The Lovell Sisters
Harry Manx Bill Mathis Andy May
Nashville Bluegrass Band Nation Beat The Neighbors
Ben Prestage Missy Raines & The New Hip Red Molly
Tony Rice Peter Rowan Scythian
Anne and Pete Sibley Joe Smothers Steep Canyon Rangers
Tut Taylor Happy Traum The Travelin’ McCourys
Rhonda Vincent and The Rage The Waybacks Lightnin’ Wells
Pete and Joan Wernick Shannon Whitworth the Wilders
Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society Tony Williamson W.P.A.
Wylie and The Wild West Zephyr Lightning Bolts Richard Watson

In addition to providing the full line up, the festival’s website,, is a complete source of information on all aspects of the event. Festival fans are encouraged to visit the website and sign up for the MerleFest e-newsletter or register as a volunteer. Fans can also follow the latest MerleFest developments on Facebook and Twitter.

The MerleFest box office will open for 2010 ticket sales on Tuesday, November 10, at 2:00 p.m. EST. Ticket purchases can be made on the web at or by calling 1-800-343-7857. With over 75 acts performing on 15 stages during the course of the event, MerleFest is an entertainment value. An early bird ticket discount is available through March 12, 2010.

MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College. The event is held on the campus of Wilkes Community college in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.