Quick Facts

  • Proudly endorses Sorensen String Instruments ("The Big Dog" Octave Mandolin)
  • Grammy Nomination (2006)
  • 7 Time IBMA Award Recipient
  • Proudly endorses Clark and Metcalfe Mandolins
  • Performed as part of Zac Brown Band's Southern Ground Music Festival plus collaborative recordings
  • Appeared with Merle Haggard
  • Performed numerous times at the Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium
  • Proudly endorses GHS Strings
  • JBovier Acoustic Stringed instruments produce the Darren Nicholson Model mandolin A5-X

Hi there folks!

Line-up is here for the 2017 Balsam Range Art Of Music Festival!

We are excited to announce the second annual Balsam Range Art of Music Festival! Our event will be held on December 1st and 2nd, 2017 on the grounds of the beautiful Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in Haywood County, NC. This two day musical event will celebrate the diverse art of music. Each evening will include a concert fearing some of the top nationally touring artists in the field of Bluegrass and Acoustic music.

Opening the festival On Friday, is Mike Snider, then an incredible performance for Bryan Sutton and his all star band, followed by a performance by Balsam Range.

Opening the show Saturday is Whitewater Bluegrass Co, followed by the 2016 IBMA Vocal Group Of The Year, Flatt Lonesome followed by an awe-inspiring set by Mr. Darrell Scott! We are proud to bring back The Atlanta Pops Orchestra this year. The set last year with the Pops and Balsam Range was one of the most "talked about" parts of the festival! We will close out the festival Saturday night with a full set with the Pops!

Also on Saturday, many workshops will be held ranging from all skill-level individual instrument instructional workshops, to master level instrument workshops. Also, handcrafted instrument building, songwriting, dancing and more!