7th Annual Ancient Sounds Festival

Friday, September 2nd, 2022 – Saturday, September 3rd, 2022

Knox County Jug Stompers at Ancient Sounds 2021 Wild Blue Yonder at Ancient Sounds 2021

Join us at the Historic Ramsey House Friday, September 2nd and Saturday, September 3rd for the 7th annual Ancient Sounds Celtic and Appalachian Music Festival! Historic Ramsey House, sometimes referred to as the "old stone house", was known as a gathering place for the Fork of the River communities. Many of these first European settlers in the Knox County area, including the Ramsey's, were of Scots-Irish descent. During this festival, we aim to celebrate these rich musical traditions, which often began with Celtic roots and later blended into the Appalachian sounds we know and love today. In the spirit of this tradition, we invite you to gather with us and celebrate the "unofficial" end of summer on the grounds of the Historic Ramsey House! 

This year, we've expanded! The Ancient Sounds Festival is now over two days! Check out more info below!


Dinner in the Fork

Friday, September 2nd @ 6:00pm

In the spirit of this gathering tradition, we invite you to a unique dining experience to kick off Labor Day weekend! Enjoy an evening on the grounds of the Historic Ramsey House featuring a Sweet P's BBQ dinner, drink (tea or water), and 2 hours of music featuring New Johns Creek Grass and Four Leaf Peat!

5:30-6:30 Cocktail Hour and Dinner
6:30 New Johns Creek Grass
7:30 Four Leaf Peat

Tickets: $50 (+service fees) for General Admission |  $45 (+service fees) for Ramsey House Members

Purchase Dinner Tickets Here 


Gathering on the Grounds

Saturday, September 3, 2022 @ 11:00am - 5:00pm

Come one, come all to the Gathering on the Grounds! We invite you to relax and unwind to the sweet sounds of Celtic and Appalachian music. Music will be performed by a lineup of regional talent! Official Lineup below!

10:30 Gates Open
11:00 na Skylark Trio
12:00 Michael McClelland
1:00 Grassically Trained
2:00 na Skylark Trio
3:00 Knox County Jug Stompers
4:00 Wild Blue Yonder

Food trucks, Knox Whiskey Works signature cocktails, Schulz Brau Brewing beer, as well as non-alcoholic drinks will be available! The Historic Ramsey House will be open for self-guided tours! 

This event is rain or shine. Plan now to bring a blanket or chair to enjoy this outdoor concert under the tent on the beautiful Ramsey House grounds!

Tickets: $20 (+service fees) for Early Bird Pricing (before August 19th!) and Ramsey House Members  |  $25 (+service fees) for General Admission  |  Children 12 and under are Free!

 Purchase Gathering on the Grounds Tickets Here


Purchase Multi-Day Tickets and SAVE!

2 Day Admission Tickets: $65 (+service fees) for General Admission  |  $55 (+service fees) for Ramsey House Members

Kids 12 and under are FREE for "Gathering on the Grounds" only. Tickets can be purchased online until Thursday, September 1, 2022 at 11:59pm.

All proceeds from this event go directly to the ongoing educational programming and preservation of the Historic Ramsey House. We thank you for your support!

Purchase Multi-Day Tickets Here

Historic Ramsey House is the Knoxville Chapter of the Association for the Preseravation of Tennessee Antiquites, and is located at 2614 Thorn Grove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914. 

Banjo at Ancient Sounds 2021New Johns Creek Grass at Ancient Sounds 2021


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