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About Tune Junkie Weekend

Tune Junkie Weekend is a lively celebration of Irish traditional music, dance and culture, and is open to musicians and music-lovers of all ages and levels.  Festivities include dance and music workshops, storytelling,  tasty regional food & drink, sessions and a concert highlighting Scottish and Irish musicians from all over the southeast. Most importantly, it’s an annual gathering of friends, old and new, and a wonderful opportunity to connect, re-connect, play tunes, and enjoy being part of a regional community of Irish and Scottish traditional musicians.

Tune Junkie Weekend is sponsored annually by local organizations and businesses, and hosted at High Places Community Church at the Historic Grove Theater in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and at Boyd’s Jig and Reel in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Tune Junkie Weekend 2020

Registration ($50 per workshop or $60 for a weekend pass)
Concert Details & Tickets (Saturday, February 2nd at 7pm, doors open at 6:30pm, $15 per ticket, children under 6 are free)
Event Schedule  (Friday, January 31st at 7pm through Sunday, February 3rd at 4pm)
Potluck, Ceilidh & Welcome Session (starts 6:30pm Friday, February 1st)
Workshops (Check in starts 11am Saturday, February 2nd, classes start at noon and end at 1:45pm)
Local Hotels: Prices are estimates based on previous quotes.
Local Eateries: Between the workshops & the concert on Saturday, you’ll have time to check out one of these fine establishments.

Event History:

Tune Junkie Weekend was originally started by Chad Beauchaine, and Jason Herrera, and began as a “Halfway to Swannanoa” weekend, Swannanoa being the Swannanoa Gathering’s Celtic Week in Black Mountain, NC. Every year in July, traditional musicians from across the world gather during Celtic Week to immerse themselves in the music of the Celtic nations, spend time with musical heroes and play tunes long into the wee hours. One year Chad and Keith Carr decided they didn’t want to wait a whole year to gather again. So Chad and Jason organized the first Tune Junkie Weekend in February of 2009 to mark the halfway point to the next Swannanoa Gathering, and to play as many tunes as possible. It was so much fun that it has become a tradition and subsequent Tune Junkie Weekends are now organized by Traditional Irish Arts of Knoxville.