8th Annual Ancient Sounds Music Festival

Friday, September 1st, 2023 – Saturday, September 2nd, 2023

Knox County Jug Stompers at Ancient Sounds 2021 Wild Blue Yonder at Ancient Sounds 2021

Join us on September 1 and 2, 2023 for Ancient Sounds - a two-day music event that celebrates the rich musical traditions of the Celtic and Appalachian musical roots of our region. Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Historic Ramsey House in Knoxville, Tennessee, this unique festival offers an opportunity for visitors to be immersed in captivating melodies and foot-stomping rhythms as talented musicians and performers transport you to a bygone era. Experience the soulful tunes of Celtic music, resonating with ancient melodies and haunting ballads and then delight in the vibrant sounds of Appalachian music, deeply rooted in our East Tennessee history.

Attendees can also indulge in delectable local cuisine and explore artisan vendors offering handcrafted treasures that pay homage to the region's heritage.

Whether you're an avid fan of Celtic or Appalachian music or simply seeking a fun day of good food and great music, Ancients Sounds promises an unforgettable weekend of music, history, and community. Join us at the Historic Ramsey House and let the ancient melodies carry you away on a musical journey you won't soon forget.

Purchase Multi-Day Tickets here! 

Purchase Dinner in the Fork Tickets here! 

Purchase Gathering on the Grounds Tickets here!


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Dinner in the Fork

Friday, September 1st @ 6:00pm

Make plans now for an extraordinary evening of delectable flavors and enchanting melodies at Dinner in the Fork, on September 1, 2023 - the opening event for Ancient Sounds Music Festival on September 2. Beginning at 6 pm on the beautiful grounds of the Historic Ramsey House, attendees will savor mouth watering creations by Two Coaches BBQ, renowned for their delectable barbecue and flavorful side dishes. With your complimentary drink ticket, indulge in a delicious Sugarlands Distilling signature cocktails, or a Schulz Brau Brewing beer, or other non-alcoholic beverages as you take in the two featured artists of the evening: The Sternwheelers and New Johns Creek Grass!

5:30-6:30pm: Cocktail Hour and Dinner
6:30pm: The Sternwheelers
7:30pm: New Johns Creek Grass

Tickets: $75 (+$4.50 in service fees) for General Admission |  $70 (+$4.20 in service fees) for Ramsey House Members

Purchase Dinner in the Fork Tickets here! 


Gathering on the Grounds

Saturday, September 2nd, 2022 @ 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Join us for an unforgettable day of music, food, and community at Gathering on the Grounds! This exciting event features live performances by talented local artists, accompanied by an array of delectable offerings from our lineup of local food trucks and local breweries. The Historic Ramsey House will also be open for tours!

Performances scheduled throughout the day include selections from:

11:30am: Gates Open
12 pm: Tennessee Travelers
1 pm: WestWend
2 pm: Wild Blue Yonder
3 pm: Nicholas Edward Williams
4 pm: Four Leaf Peat

Whether rain or shine, bring a blanket or chair to enjoy this outdoor concert under an expansive tent on the beautiful grounds of the Historic Ramsey House!

Tickets: $35 (+$2.10 in service fees) for General Admission  |  $30 (+$1.80 in service fees) for Ramsey House Members  |  Children 12 and under are Free!

Purchase Gathering on the Grounds Tickets here!


Purchase Multi-Day Tickets and SAVE!

2 Day Admission Tickets: $90 (+$5.40 in service fees) for General Admission  |  $85 (+$5.10 in service fees) for Ramsey House Members

Purchase Multi-Day Tickets here! 

Kids 12 and under are FREE for "Gathering on the Grounds" only. Multi-day Tickets and Dinner in the Fork Tickets can be purchased online until Thursday, August 10th, 2023 at 11:59pm.

All proceeds from this event go directly to the ongoing educational programming and preservation of the Historic Ramsey House. We thank you for your support!

Historic Ramsey House is the Knoxville Chapter of the Association for the Preseravation of Tennessee Antiquites, and is located at 2614 Thorn Grove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914. 

Banjo at Ancient Sounds 2021New Johns Creek Grass at Ancient Sounds 2021