MerleFest will stream historic 2012 festival online

By CLTure News

April 16, 2020

MerleFest, the annual music gathering taking place in Wilkesboro, North Carolina has cancelled their festivities this year like many music festivals across the world. To replace the void of live music for many fans in the region, MerleFest has announced a video stream of past performances. The festival, founded in 1988 and serving as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College will unveil streams from 2012 including performances by Doc Watson, Alison Krauss, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Punch Brothers, Vince Gill, Sam Bush, Los Lobos, and Union Station.

Courtesy of MerleFest

MerleFest 2012 saw music legend Doc Watson playing alongside lifelong friends for the final time marking the 25th anniversary of the festival he started in memory of his late son, Eddie Merle Watson. “We are thrilled to be able to bring MerleFest 2012 to our loyal fans during the days that we would normally be celebrating MerleFest 2020,” said festival director Ted Hagaman. “Reliving Doc’s final festival will bring back wonderful music, moments, and memories for all to enjoy. We appreciate Window World for making this happen.”

You can stream starting Thursday at 1 p.m. EST and then Friday-Sunday at 9:30 a.m. EST on the MerleFest website. On April 23 and 24, you can also listen to select audio sets airing locally on WNCW and internationally at

Watch the official 2019 MerleFest recap video and check out the full lineup for the livestream event.

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