Fraley music festival coming to Carter County

Published 2:45 pm Monday, September 4, 2023

By Kentucky Today

OLIVE HILL – The Fraley Festival of Traditional Music will be taking place this week at Carter Caves State Resort Park, celebrating the rich history and culture of eastern Kentucky through the sounds of traditional musical instruments like the fiddle, dulcimer and guitar.

The festival, which runs September 6-9 and has its roots as a family reunion, honors old-time music and Eastern Kentucky traditions as well as the late master fiddler J.P. Fraley. The festival will feature a wide variety of musical genres, including folk, old-time, western, western swing and early country, with performers ranging from family bands to impromptu groups formed just moments before taking the stage.

Visitors can enjoy a free “jamming in the round” session on Wednesday evening at the Recreation Shelter House in the campground. Concerts will be held in the Park Amphitheatre on Thursday evening, and Friday and Saturday afternoon and evening. Admission ranges from $5 to $10, with a $28 weekend pass available for access to all events.

Featured performers include Robin Kessinger, Reed Island Rounders, The 1937 Flood, Jim and Ada McCown, The Corndrinkers, Bobby Taylor, John Harrod, Wiley Dew, Rich Kirby, The Morgans, Tony Ellis and Louise Adkins, Nick and Kathy Hallman, Michael Garvin, Henry Barnes, Dave Haas, Roger Cooper, Hunter Walker, Gary and Toni Sage, Karly Dawn Milner, Andrew Bevan and Rabbit Hash String.

Carter Caves State Resort Park is located at 344 Caveland Drive in the Carter County community of Olive Hill and is known for having the highest concentration of caves in Kentucky.  Accommodations are available at the Lewis Caveland Lodge, along with cottages and a campground.

For more information, you can go to CCSRP Fraley Festival of Traditional Music | Ky Parks, or visit the event website at