Folkmoot LIVE! and Mountain Memories Productions presents:
Darren Nicholson & Audie Blaylock with special guest William Ritter
Doors open at 5:30 pm, Concert begins at 7:00 pm
Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, Children 12 and under are free!
The year-round celebration of cultures continues at the Folkmoot Center’s Queen Auditorium with a
show you won’t want to miss, rescheduled from November. On Tues, Dec 13, Darren Nicholson and
Audie Blaylock will perform along with William Ritter opening the evening performance. The Folkmoot
LIVE! series of concerts in 2022 have introduced the people of Western North Carolina to a variety of
performances in a local historical setting. The 2022 monthly events, consisting of music, storytelling and
cultural performances are just a beginning of what is to come in 2023. This event will surely leave you
wanting more as we close out an exciting first year of Appalachian heritage and history.
Darren Nicholson is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, and a Western North Carolina
native. He’s taken his own brand of mountain music and entertainment around the world. He’s a
Grammy nominated artist who has won 13 international bluegrass music Association awards and a
founding member of Balsam Range. A regular for years on the Grand Ole Opry out of Nashville,
Tennessee, he now spends his time recording, writing new songs and performing. His performances are
a unique blend of American roots music with a rock ‘n’ roll attitude!
Audie Blaylock is an American singer, guitarist, mandolinist, and composer in the bluegrass tradition.
Audie was born in El Paso, Texas, but was raised in Lansing, Michigan. Growing up in a family where both
parents played music, he learned guitar at age 8. Audie, a Grammy nominated artist, has garnered such
prestigious awards as the IBMA’s Entertainer of the Year, and he’s been nominated for both Guitar
Player of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. He’s had numerous #1 singles on the charts, and his
music has been featured as the theme song for Travel Channel’s series entitled Backroads Gold.
William Ritter finds fascination in the traditional music and foodways, particularly from his home base in
Mitchell County and western North Carolina, and he shares his passion through performing, teaching,
and writing. William graduated with a degree in Technical Theatre but spent most of his time in school
studying the musical folk traditions of WNC. William plays banjo, fiddle, guitar, and other "string-ed
things." He is particularly interested in old apple trees and mountain humor--ever eager to swap lies,
half-truths, jokes, and seeds.
Doors open at 5:30 pm at the Queen Auditorium (112 Virginia Ave in Waynesville). Concert begins at 7 p.m. Come early to enjoy fare from their food trucks. Tickets are $25 in advance available online or $30 at the door.