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Posted: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 3:26 pm

Samantha Cunningham and Michelle Canning, both students with the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music, set up their booth at the Internationsa lBluegrass Music Association’s annual festival Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016 in Raleight, N.C. Phot by Christina Holbert

RALEIGH, N.C. The International Bluegrass Music Festival draws musicians from all over the world and Morehead State students are right in the middle of it.

The festival is held annually in Raleigh, N.C. by the International Bluegrass Music Association and attracts over 20,000 people, including nine students from MSU’s Kentucky Center for Traditional Music.  The weeklong occasion includes a business conference, exhibits, an award show and jamming sessions that last throughout the night.

Kentucky Center for Traditional Music director Raymond McLain, center, speaks with well-known Bluegrass music personality Bill Knowlton at the International Bluegrass Music Association convention in Raleigh, N.C. Photo by Anna Nichols

“I get to see old friends, meet new people and get great contacts,” said Samantha Cunningham, fiddle student at KCTM.

This is the third consecutive year the KCTM students have attended under the supervision of Raymond McLain, the center’s director.  It’s an exciting chance for the students to showcase their talent, for the faculty to spread the word about the traditional music program and for everyone to have a great time amongst other renowned musicians.

Some prominent names the KCTM students and faculty have rubbed shoulders with —and jammed with-- in the past include Steve Martin, Sam Bush and Bobby Hicks.

“It’s a good place to build relationships,” said McLain.  “It’s not only a good place to network, but you learn a lot about your career."

Tuesday’s schedule included setting up a booth to showcase their program and attending workshops that touched on subjects relevant to a musician’s creative and entrepreneurial processes. 

Morehead State Kentucky Center for Traditional Music students and faculty meet with North carolina Musician Joe Newberry Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016 in Raleight, N.C. Members Joe Newberry meeting the KCTM at the Raleigh Convention Center on Tuesday, September 27, 2016.  Photo by Christina Holbert Christina Holbert

Public performances are to follow later in the week.