Fain
House

About

Annie Fain is native to the crafts/music/dance community of Brasstown, North Carolina, home of the John C. Campbell Folk School. She is a painter & book maker / Southern Highland Craft Guild member / banjo-accordion-uke player / instructor of American & European traditional dance / speaker of French / mother of two. She has lived and studied in Asheville/NC, Edinburgh/Scotland, Brønderslev/Denmark and Désaignes/France.

Fain House Radio Podcast

Annie Fain interviews painters and gardeners, designers and musicians, photoraphers and cooks, creative livers of any kind, who have some how, in the middle of it all, continued on their creative paths no matter what. 

Portfolio

Music & Dance

Annie Fain grew up in and married into families of traditional musicians and dancers.  She now teaches and performs both regionally and in France. She has played both Appalachian old-time and traditional French tunes in various combos: Lucky Boy (Jamie Herrmann & Jessica Johnson), The Liden Family Band (David Liden, Martha Owen, Lindsey Liden, Emolyn Liden & Géraud Barralon) / Blue Eyed Girl (Pearl Shirley, Laurel Willoughby, Ellie Grace) / Accompanist to Géraud Barralon / Ida Red Trio (Polo Bulguière, Nadine Marianelli & Géraud Barralon) / Bal Itinérant Band (Paco Medina, Thibaut Preciat, Polo Bulguière, Nadine Marianelli & Géraud Barralon . She has danced with Rural Felicity Garland Dancers, Loafer’s Glory Clog Morris, Green Grass Cloggers and Dames Rocket Northwest Morris.

Music

  • Clawhammer Banjo 
  • Banjo Uke
  • Diatonic Accordion
  • Singing

Dance

  • Clogging/Flatfooting 
  • Bal Folk
  • Northwest Morris
  • English Waltz Clog
  • Traditional Dance for Kids

Upcoming Performances & Dances

  • July 1, 2022 / 7pm / Blue Eyed Girl Concert / Festival Barn, John C. Campbell Folk School / Brasstown, NC
  • July 12, 2022 / 7pm / Annie Fain calls Tuesday Night Community Dance w/ Dance Musician’s Week Staff Musicians / Open House, John C. Campbell Folk School / Brasstown, NC
  • Aug. 2, 2022 / 7pm / Annie Fain calls Tuesday Night Community Dance w/ Beverly Smith & T-Claw / Open House, John C. Campbell Folk School / Brasstown, NC
  • Aug. 20, 2022 / 7pm European Dance Lesson / 8-10pm Bal Folk & Contra Dance / Annie Fain Barralon w/ Cailen Campbell Band / Cherokee County Arts Council Free Event / Open House, John C. Campbell Folk School / Brasstown, NC
  • Sept. 17, 2022 / 10 am / Blue Eyed Girl Concert / Folk Art Center / Asheville, NC
  • Oct 15, 2022 / 1 pm /  Blue Eyed Girl Concert / Southern Highland Craft Fair, Harrah’s Cherokee Center (Formerly known as the Civic Center) / Asheville, NC
  • Oct.21-23, 2022 / Bal Folk Dance Weekend / Instructors: Susan Kevra & Annie Fain Barralon / Music: Rachel Bell, Becky Tracey & Susan Kevra / John C. Campbell Folk School/ Brasstown, NC

Workshops

Beginning Clawhammer Banjo

4 Monday Sessions: July 11, 18, 25 & Aug. 1 / 3:30-5:30

Olive’s Porch, Murphy, NC

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Book Arts Sampler 

July 19, 2022 / 9-4pm

Olive’s Porch, Murphy, NC

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Slow Jam Workshop 

4 Mondays in September / Brasstown, NC

Details TBA

Instructors: Annie Fain & Geraud Barralon

Email anniefain@gmail.com to be added to the list to receive more details coming soon.

Bal Folk Dance Weekend 

Oct. 21-23, 2022

Instructors: Annie Fain Barralon & Susan Kevra / Music: Rachel Bell, Becky Tracey & Susan Kevra

John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC
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Holiday Inspired Books 

Nov. 4-9, 2022

John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC
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Books on Fire
(Enameling & Book Making)

February 12-17, 2023

Instructors: Barbara Joiner & Annie Fain Barralon

John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC

Folk School Roots Week
(Song & Dance)

March 5-11, 2023

Instructors: Bob Dalsemer & Annie Fain Barralon

John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC

Nature Inspired Books

April 2-8, 2023

John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC

where to find fain house gift cards

  • John C. Campbell Folk School Craft Shop / Brasstown, NC
  • Lark & Key Gallery / Charlotte, NC
  • Malaprops Bookstore / Asheville, NC
  • City Lights Bookstore / Sylva, NC
  • Bridgton Books / Bridgton, ME
  • Rare Bird Emporium / Murphy, NC

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