Shindig Music Concert Story
Muralist, Doreyl Ammons Cain, interviewed Appalachian musicians throughout the Asheville, NC area and beyond,
to find how their stories and music interconnected. She found that the majority of established musicians main goal was to pass on to
the next generation of players what they had learned. So the idea for this musical mural flowed from there, titled "Golden Threads"
the artwork starts with history, current musicians, then young talent, which all flows into Shindig on the Green, a gathering of
musicians playing for thousands of people in Pack Square Park, Asheville, NC.
#1 Mural Panel(Partially shown) - "About Sundown" Pictured- 1) Top left- The Smathers Family 2) Top middle- Betty Smith 3) Top right-Glen Bannerman and the
Stony Creek Boys 4) Bottom left- Bascom Lamar Lunsford 5) Bottom right- Folk Heritage Committee Smooth Dancers 6) Bottom center- a young
#2 Mural Panel(Mostly shown) - "Future Stars" Pictured- 1) Top left- Grace Morris and Brady Powell 2) Top middle- Carley Arrowood 3) Top right-Lillian
Chase 4) Bottom left- Jonah and Grayson Riddle 5) Bottom right- Rhiannon Ramsey
#3 Mural Panel(Go See the mural for this one) - "Shindig on the Green" The Audience: People from all over the world come, families & couples bringing their lawn chairs
and blankets to picnic & enjoy the music. The stage- beginning left- 1)Two young dancers from Jeff Atkinsí Cole Mountain Cloggers,
Harold "Slim" Garrison, David Holt, Richard Hurley, Uncle Ted White, Jeanette Queen, Kim Ross & the JCreek Cloggers including the Ross Brothers.
ABOUT SHINDIG ON THE GREEN
Traditional mountain musicians take the stage annually, July through the end of August, at the free event, Shindig on the Green in
Pack Square Park, Asheville North Carolina. Volunteers from the Folk Heritage Committee organize this wonderful cultural heritage event.
There is a need for Shindig on the Green to be officially recognized year round and for visitors to our Blue Ridge Mountains to see its
musical heritage honored, preserved and stimulate more visitors. Popular as free family entertainment, thousands of fans come and enjoy
picnicking on the grass, dancing in designated areas in front of the stage, watching musicians gather and jam around the back side of
the stage while selected performers play main stage. This is a perfect venue for interpretive public art, so that people can appreciate,
find out more about this valuable musical heritage and tell all their friends.
Here is the Artist s rough draft:
The "Golden Threads" Shindig on the Green mural is the first historical mountain music mural in Western North Carolina. There are
mountain music murals in Johnson City, Tennessee; Knoxville, Tennessee; Marion, Virginia; and Maryville, Tennessee. The one in Maryville
depicts the Grand Ole Opry and the others depict various aspects of mountain music heritage.
Artist Bio: Doreyl Ammons Cain
Born and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, Doreyl grew up
drawing birds in the sand on the dirt roads around her home. She achieved a Masters of Art through California
State University and has won numerous art awards including the Art in the Park Award. She has exhibited at the
Smithsonian and created art for the film industry in California. Doreyl is now creating public art murals and
art for book publication. She also has co-founded a non-profit
organization called Catch the Spirit of Appalachia.
Doreyl Ammons Cain and her husband Jerry are the co-founders of the Appalachian Mural Trail
and live on a nature preserve in the WNC mountains.
She is currently the acting Director of the Mural Trail. The honoring of our
mountain heritage through the arts is the core essence of the Appalachian Mural Trailís vision and now
it is becoming a reality through partnerships with other communities and organizations throughout the
Appalachian Mountains. Becoming a member of the Blue Ridge Parkway Association in September 2016 began
the first official step for the Appalachian Mural Trail, where the mural trail is featured in the Blue
Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner, listed in their calendar of events with links to the mural
trail web site and featured in the Blue Ridge Parkway mobile Travel Planner application.
The Appalachian Mural Trail will draw high quality visitors from the Blue Ridge Parkway into the
communities where the visitors will eat, sleep and purchase from local businesses. These visitors
will learn about the community, itís history and see the amazing art rendered by the mural artists.
Quality of life for all will be enhanced. Employment of those artists who create the murals and the
increase in local commerce will create new jobs. The community itself will be uplifted through the
honoring of local culture through their own outdoor historical mural, as the mural will be accessible
to all peoples.
Doreylís art is a celebration of life and her love of nature. Using vivid colors she explores shapes,
design and expression. Coming from a career in biological art, she enjoys exploring the endless forms
of natural life. Painting in pastels, acrylics and mixed media on various surfaces, she creates commissioned
art for books, exhibits, collectors and hand signed and numbered fine art prints for festivals. Public Art
is her greatest passion, for she believes that art should be shared in communities to uplift the spirit
and raise awareness of lifeís beauty.