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Rodney Sutton is known mostly for his smooth flatfooting. He is also a caller, musician, storyteller, a veteran of the early days of the Green Grass Cloggers, and co-founder of the Fiddle Puppets (now known as Footworks). He currently is the Director of Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music Concerts in Boone, North Carolina. Rodney is a prominent and highly respected representative of the dance and music traditions of his home state. He is particularly known as a traditional mountain step-dancer, adept at both flatfooting and clogging, and also as a dance caller. In recent years, Rodney has expanded his presentations to include both storytelling and ballad singing. Rodney was an early member and director (’77-’79) of the Green Grass Cloggers, and today is part of the Asheville Team who along with their eastern fellow cloggers from Greenville, NC, have danced in recent years at the Smithsonian FolkLife Festival, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Lake Eden Arts Festival, the Appalachian Stringband Music Festival, The Shakori Grassroots Festival and MerleFest. Rodney is one of 9 folks selected to receive a first ever Folk and Traditional Arts Master Artist Fellowship from South Arts. He used monies from the grant to go to Ireland for a month in September of 2019 to study Sean Nos` dance – the Irish step-dance equivalent to flat-footing.

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