Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road May 21

Ashe County Arts Council will be introducing Liam Purcell and Cane Mill Road on Friday, May 21, as a kick-off for its Fridays in the Park concert series.

Every third Friday, from the months of May to August, the outdoor concerts will feature well-known, local and regional musicians. Dates for the concerts are May 21, June 18, July 16 and Aug. 20. The concerts are free and start at 7 p.m. The outdoor concerts will have a limited audience and participants must sign up in advance at

The May 21 concert will feature Liam Purcell and Cane Mill Road. Growing up in Deep Gap just down the road from Doc Watson, Purcell leads Cane Mill Road as they rock the traditional bluegrass standards they were raised on, yet boldly write original music with roots in the fertile grounds of bluegrass, old-time and Americana.

In partnership with Ashe County Parks and Recreation, the Arts Council will be following COVID-19 protocols with a limited audience, therefore the concerts will require registration signups. The concerts will be pod-based and you will be asked to remain inside your designated area. You may have up to six people in your area and your group must be six feet from the next group. Masks are required outside your pod and must be worn when interacting with volunteers and persons outside your group. Pods spots may be chosen upon arrival on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fridays in the Park Concert Series is supported by the Ashe County Bluegrass and Old-Time Fiddlers Convention and Ashe County Parks and Recreation and is sponsored by the Ashe Civic Center and the Ashe County Arts Council. Registration is available at For more information call (336) 846-2787 or email

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