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Merlefest
MerleFest was founded in 1988 in Memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and to celebrate "traditional plus" music.

MerleFest is about the Music, Moments and Memories.

The Music of MerleFest is "traditional plus" and Doc Watson himself described it best: "When Merle and I started out we called our music 'traditional plus,' meaning the traditional music of the Appalachian region plus whatever other styles we were in the mood to play. Since the beginning, the people of the college and I have agreed that the music of MerleFest is 'traditional plus'."

The Moments of MerleFest are those unique experiences that only happen here. It may be two musicians you never expected to see collaborating, a shooting star over The Watson Stage during an evening's closing set, or that one set that seems to have touched everyone in the audience.

The Memories of MerleFest includes the memory of Eddy Merle Watson, who we honor each day with The Tribute to Merle, and the new memories we create each year we come together to celebrate MerleFest.

MerleFest is the primary fundraiser for Wilkes Community College.

Visit the Merlefest website to buy tickets, check out the lineup, find out more information, and more: http://www.merlefest.org
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