Mountain Music, Stories and Dance featuring Jeff Robbins



About Jeff


Jeff Robbins grew up in Marion, Virgina in a family of musical talent. His father taught him how to make instruments from an early age.

Most of the instruments Jeff plays were handmade... mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer and several banjos and a homemade instrument, a "One String Pork-n-Bean" guitar - TM -1984.

Jeff has performed at hundreds of fairs and festivals and other venues over the years. "Mountain Music, Stories and Dance" is a tried and true professional show that is enjoyed by audiences of all ages. His performances are designed for main or side stages, or any covered area (tent, pavilion, building.)

Here is a link to a sample of Jeff playing at an event, just click the underlined sentence!

Sample of Jeff playing at an event!

Schools and Libraries


Jeff has brought more than 7,000 performances to public and private elementary schools, Montessori schools, preschools, and libraries throughout the United States. 

The performance is 40 minutes and Jeff will hold the audience's attention from the beginning of the show to the very last note.   Additionally, Jeff offers an instrument making workshop  where the students or library patrons get to make their very own,  playable, "One String Pork-n-Bean" guitar. 

"Mountain Music, Stories and Dance" is an upbeat, participatory, educational and tried & true performance of Appalachian mountain music.  Most of the instruments Jeff plays were handmade by he and his father...mandolin, fiddles, dulcimer, several banjos and a unique instrument called a, "One String Pork-n-Bean" guitar.  This show transcends any other short courses in traditional American music.  For many schools, Jeff's assembly program may meet some of your core requirements.  A study guide is available (see bottom of page) for teachers to use in preparation for the music program as well as 2 cognitive skills test​​s following Jeff's visit.

Fairs and Festivals


Showtime approximately 30 to 45 minutes in length or as needed.

Show Includes:  Participatory performances of traditional songs played on a fiddle, banjos, dulcimer, mandolin, and a "One String Pork-n-Bean Guitar," TM - Patent 1984. 

"One String Pork-n-Bean Guitars" are made at the fair or festival and are complimentary to audience members.  The guitars will bear the logo of YOUR FAIR or FESTIVAL...theme, dates, etc.  We will provide these labels (with your artwork) or will design one for you. 

Jeff concludes the program, "jamming" with the audience on their homemade guitars.  They are encouraged to take their playable and tunable guitars as a free keepsake of the fair or festival....a great advertisement and marketing tool for your event.

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Better yet, see us in person!

We love our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.

Mountain Music, Stories and Dance (828) 669-5693


Partial List of Schools


Hillsborough Arts Council, Tampa, FL    
"Artists in Schools" - Hillsborough County                                     
Bethany  School, Lake Junaluska, NC
Montessori House, Tampa, FL
First United Methodist School, Kissimmee, FL
Montessori School of Celebration, Celebration, FL
Kids-r-Kids, Orlando, FL
St. Richard School, Winter Park, FL
Sun Grove Montessori, Ft. Pierce, FL
Chance School, Louisville, KY
Overdale Elementary, Louisville, KY
St. James Middle School, Elizabethtown, KY
Brooks Elementary, Shepherdsville, KY
Nichols Elementary, West Point, KY
Shearer Elementary, Winchester, KY
Fanny Bush Elementary, Winchester, KY
Portland Montessori, Portland, TN
Tadmore Elementary, Gainesville, GA
Wood’s Child Development, Dacula, GA
Brilliant Elementary, Brilliant, AL
Iola Roberts Elementary School, Pale City, AL
Sistersville Elementary, Sistersville, W. VA
Southmoreland Elementary, Scottsdale, PA
Ravenscroft Elementary, Raleigh, NC
Westminster Presbyterian Pre-School, Asheville, NC
Calhoun Academy, St. Mattews, SC
Edisto Primary, Cordova, SC​Seaborn Day School, Tampa, FL​

Partial list of fairs & festivals​


South Carolina State Fair, Columbia, SC
North Carolina State Fair, Raleigh, NC
Prince William County Fair, Manassas, VA
Harvest Fest, VA
Magic in the Mountains, Covington, VA
Chattahoochie Mountain Fair​​, Clarkesville, GA

Russell County Fair, Castlewood, VA
Lee Regional Fair, Sanford, NC
King Biscuit Blues Festival, Helena, AK
Field Day of the Past, Richmond, VA
Wilson County Fair, Wilson, NC
Lenoir County Fair, Kinston, NC
Tazewell County Fair, Tazewell, VA
Richmond County Fair, Warsaw, VA
North Florida State Fair, Tallahassee, FL
Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Bristol VA

MerleFeste, N. Wilkesboro, NC
The Norman Rockwell Opening, FL
The World's Fair, Knoxville, TN
The World's Fair, New Orleans, LA
Pigs, Peaches, and BBQ Festival, Kennesaw, GA
Papa Joe's Banjo-B-Que, N. Augusta, SC
Bele Chere, Asheville, NC
Come See Me Festival, Rock Hill, SC
Folk Life Festival, Newport News, VA
Congaree Bluegrass Festival, Cayce, SC
Loki Festival, Asheville, NC
Cedar Bluff Festival, Cedar Bluff, VA

Partial list of Libraries

Western Watauga Branch Library, Sugar Grove, NC
Marion Library, Marion, NC
Haynes Branch Library, Henrietta, NC
Mountains Branch Library, Lake Lure, NC
Elkin Public Library, Elkin, NC
Weaverville Public Library, Weaverville, NC
Swannanoa Public Library, Swannanoa, NC
Black Mountain Public Library, Black Mountain, NC
Hendersonville Public Library, Hendersonville, NC
Green River Library, Green River, NC
Mills River Library, Mills River, NC
Enka-Candler Public Library, Enka, NC
Rutherford County Libraries, Rutherfordton, NC
Mebane Public Library, Mebane, NC
Hot Springs Public Library, Hot Springs, NC
Marshall Public Library, Marshall, NC
Ocee Library, John’s Creek, GA
Gaston County Libraries, Gaston, NC
Kenly Public Library, Kenly, NC
Selma Public Library, Selma, NC
Hancock County Public Library, Sneedville, TN
Bean Station Public Library, Bean Station, TN
Mt. Carmel Public Library, Mt. Carmel, TN
Church Hill Public Library, Church Hill, TN
Parrott-Wood Public Library, Strawberry Plains, TN
Allendale County Library, Allendale, SC
Pratt Memorial Library, Ridgeland, SC
Charllotte-Mecklenburg Public Library, Charlotte, NC