For people that aren’t familiar with The Albino Skunk Festival, or the Dark Corner of South Carolina that title might jump out at you as a bit odd. What’s an Albino Skunk anyway? And where is this Dark Corner?
What started as some friends getting together with a couple of guitars and banjos 18 years ago has turned into quite a celebration these days, turning the Zeigler’s highway 14 home into the Skunk Farm for three days in the fall. There’s nothing finer than Americana, Bluegrass, folk and mountain music out on the farm in the heart of God’s Country, but add in camping and some local vendors and you have something even more special.
Since the first Skunk Fest years ago many fine performers have crossed that farm stage, and each year the lineup gets a little bit larger, and the names get a little bit bigger. Many times you don’t realize what you’re seeing yet, like in 2004 when The Avett Brothers performed alongside The Steep Canyon Rangers, who became somewhat of a staple of the fest. Or the 2005 lineup that included Shawn Mullins and our much beloved Jill Andrews and Sam Quinn when they still performed as The Everybodyfields. Or the next year when Trampled By Turtles filled the foothills air with their upper midwest speedgrass, before they were selling out shows around the country.
Sometimes you don’t know what you missed until a couple of years later when the bands have moved from the Albino Skunk Festival to larger stages.
So what is an Albino Skunk? You’ll have to go to find out. I wouldn’t get too close though.
This years schedule is shown below. Three days of music to tickle your earholes.
Gates open at 8am THURSDAY. Any early arrivals will not be permitted into the camping areas until this time.
WNCW is the media sponsor of the event. Community Tap, Stomping Grounds Coffee House, Asada Food Truck and Mike & Jeff’s BBQ will be on the grounds vending their specialties. Edible Upcountry will be hosting a farmers market on the festival grounds from 10am-2pm on Saturday, October 6, 2012. The event will take place rain or shine.