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10 West First Street
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219


May 28, 2022


“Gathering in the Gap” is a music festival to celebrate the rich tradition of old-time and bluegrass music found in Southwest Virginia. Activities include competitions, jams, and performances by local and regionally known musicians. The day’s events will culminate in a main-stage concert by various professional performers. Gathering in the Gap is located in the beautiful mountains of Southwest Virginia in the town of Big Stone Gap. All events take place on and around the grounds of the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park.

Enjoy local crafts sales and other beautiful retail items as well as a BEER GARDEN set up by Moon Dog/7 Dogs Brew Pub and the Town of Big Stone Gap where you can have wonder craft beers from one of our newest restaurants as well as Wine from Mountain Rose Vineyard. Food Trucks will be available to feed you wonderful flavors to keep you going!

Step into the mountains of Southwest Virginia for a special evening with the one-and-only Crystal Gayle! on May 28, 2022. We hope you will be able to experience the music, crafts, food, and more with us! For information regarding tickets, please visit the Tickets page on their website.

“Gathering in the Gap” Music Festival Announces Main Stage Lineup
Grand Ole Opry Inductee Crystal Gayle along with Dave Eggar


Big Stone Gap, VA. The “Gathering in the Gap” Music Festival at the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park offers a one-of-a-kind evening of performances by Grand Ole Opry Inductee Crystal Gayle along with Dave Eggar, a well-known cellist, pianist and composer. “Gathering in the Gap,” which will be held on Saturday, May 28 on the park’s grounds, is a music festival celebrating the rich tradition of old-time, Americana and bluegrass music found in Southwest Virginia.


Crystal Gayle


Crystal Gayle was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry as a member in January 2017 by her sister Loretta Lynn. The Academy of Country Music recognized Crystal with a 2016 Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award for her lifetime achievements in country music, and in 2009, Crystal was honored to receive her own star on the fabled Hollywood Walk of Fame. These honors are fitting tributes to Crystal, who has been a favorite of audiences of country and popular music since attaining national prominence with her first chart records in the mid-70s. Renowned for her classic recording of her timeless signature song “Don’t Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” Crystal also scored with her multi-format hits “You’ve Been Talking In Your Sleep,” “When I Dream,” “Half the Way” and her duet with Eddie Rabbitt, “Just You and I.” Crystal has released over 20 number one hits and has been awarded numerous times by the Grammy’s, the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music, the American Music Awards, and the American Music Operators Association. Crystal has contributed songs to three Grammy winning children’s albums: Sesame Country (in which she dueted with Big Bird), Here Comes the Rainbow, and Songs from the Neighborhood – The Music of Mr. Rogers. Crystal’s adds her first solo children’s album, In My Arms, a collection of lullabies that perfectly suits her warm vocals. Crystal is a long-time resident of Nashville, Tennessee. When Crystal is not touring she spends much of her personal time with her immediate and extended family. Crystal also makes time for community involvement. She was the first recipient of the Waterford Crystal “Celebration of Light” award in recognition of her many charitable activities.


Dave Eggar

Dave Eggar is regarded as one of the finest cellists in the world. That cello you hear in the intro to Coldplay’s first #1 single “Viva La Vida” is performed by Dave. On the Billboard Top 200 # 1 album, the debut solo artist by Zayn Malik, Mind of Mine, Dave played and arranged the music. A musical prodigy as a child, Dave began playing the cello and piano at age three, performed on Broadway and with the Metropolitan Opera at age seven, and debuted at Carnegie Hall at age 15. Dave Eggar has performed worldwide as a solo cellist and pianist. A virtuoso of many styles, Dave has performed and recorded with various artists including Coldplay, Beyoncé, Bon Jovi, Evanescence, The Who, Pearl Jam, Tony Bennett, Josh Groban, Fall Out Boy, Kathleen Battle, Ray Lamontagne, Frank Ocean, Corinne Bailey Rae and many more. His list of awards and accomplishments includes accolades from Time Magazine, ASCAP, The National Endowment for the Arts, Sony Records Elevated Standards Award in classical music, the Geraldine Dodge & Leonard Bernstein Foundations, and at 15, he was the youngest winner in the history of the Artists International Competition.


In addition to the featured Main Stage performances, “Gathering in the Gap” will include an annual songwriting competition, musical competitions, music jams, a children’s area, and the “Stitch in Time” Quilt Show. Antique, food and craft vendors will also be on hand. For additional information and a full schedule of events, please visit the festival website at, “like” the festival page on Facebook, or call the Museum at 276-523-1322.