J.P. Fraley's Mountain Music Gatherin'
Sept. 9-12, 2009 Carter Caves State Park
Olive Hill, Kentucky

     Join us for a weekend gathering of traditional musicians and lovers of old time music and help preserve the rich musical heritage of the Eastern Kentucky Hills.
Join master fiddler J.P. Fraley at this festival that features professional and beginning musicians alike playing on stage, jamming in the parking lots, and sharing music around the campfires of Carter Caves.

Festival Schedule: 
(full schedule below... will be updated closer to the festival dates) 

Some of the activities include:

Campground Get Together
Open Stage concerts
Banjo Gatherin'
Dulcimer Gatherin

Fiddle Gatherin'
Guitar Gatherin'

Evening Concerts
(with scheduled performers)

...and there is ALWAYS jamming in the
campground, the parking lots,
and anywhere two or more musicians
might gather!


Fun for all ages!
Carter Caves offers something for everyone ~
take a hike through the woods, swim,
and explore the cool caves!
The festival adds a special touch, with music,
storytelling, jamming in the parking lots,
meeting old friends and new!

Some of the invited musicians include:

Ann & Phil Case
Robin Kessinger
Bill & Connie Lowe
The 1937 Flood
Roger Cooper
Bobby Taylor
The Corndrinkers 
Bobby Taylor
John Harrod
Reed Island Rounders
John Tierney
Steve & Penny Kilby
Chip & Tish Arnold

The Morgans
Alan Freeman
Paul David Smith
Andrew Bevan
Nick & Kathy Hallman
Sunset Dawn
Wiley Dew
Jesse Wells
Michael Garvin
Jonathan Wood
Bob Buckingham
Jimmy & Ada McCown
- and many more!
Wednesday,  Evening ~

Free Campground Get-together

Come to the campground and enjoy an evening
of music and entertainment under the stars!
Thursday,    7-11pm.

Open Stage Concert ~ $5
At the ampitheater next to the lodge

Friday :

Afternoon 1-4 pm, $4:

Stage concerts and music, including:

Open Stage
Banjo Gatherin'
Dulcimer Gatherin'

Evening 7-11pm, $8:
Evening Concert
At the ampitheater
next to the lodge

Sat. :

Morning & Afternoon,
11am-4pm, $4:

Stage concerts and music, including:

Fiddle Gatherin'
Guitar Gatherin'
Carter Family Songs

Evening, 7-11pm, $10:
Evening Concert
At the amphitheater
next to the lodge

Admission for Thursday through Saturday programs,
only $25

In 2007 KET filmed a documentary about Mountain Music at the festival.
Check this link, http://www.ket.org/muse/mountainmusic/, to find out more and for broadcast times. 

J.P. and...



(... on stage at 
the festival in 1992)

the J.P. Fraley Mountain Music Gatherin' is lovingly dedicated to the memory of Annadeene.

Please visit ~ Photo galleries from 2006!
Got pix or video from past festivals? Please share them with us!
Photo Gallery from 2005!
Photo Gallery from 2004!
(photos from 2002/03 have been removed due to storage space,
but there sure were some good'n's!)
Photo Gallery from 2001!


ACCOMMODATIONS: Carter Caves has a  lodge,  vacation cottages, RV camp sites and primitive camp sites.  
For camping reservations, please call 1-888-459-7275, or reserve online at the Kentucky State park website.

FOOD: Tierney's Cavern Restaurant, in the Lewis Caveland Lodge, is a public facility offering a wide variety of meals.  It is open daily serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Carter Caves State Park is located in northeastern Kentucky,
4 miles off I-64 between Grayson and Olive Hill (exit 161). 
(click here to visit the Carter Caves website)

For additional information about the Mountain Music Gatherin' call the park at (606) 286-4411. 
Or email: