Are you ready to see who is playing MMF30?

2023 lineup announcement poster

Attention MMF Family! Are you ready to see who is playing MMF30? Join us on January 12th at The Virginia in downtown Somerset for our announcement party! Doors open at 6:30pm and the announcement will begin at 7:15pm, with a special performance from the Bolomules – playing all of the 90s country hits to follow! […]

2022 Master Musicians Festival Announcements

Master Musicians Festival Announces Featured Artist, Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, and Featured Photographer for 2022 Grace Potter, The Wood Brothers, Marty Stuart, and more to perform; July 15 and 16 in Somerset, KY Nate Micheals (Featured Artist), Larry Roberts (Lifetime Achievement), Meredith Frye (Featured Photographer) Honored June 17, 2022 – Somerset, KY – In advance […]

Master Musicians Festival to Bring Grace Potter to Somerset, KY

2022 Master Musicians Festival

Longrunning Kentucky festival highlights the greats and those who learned from them; Tickets available here. March 7, 2022 – Somerset, KY – When festival organizers dreamed up the Master Musicians Festival nearly three decades ago, their idea was simple: to honor those whose contributions have had a significant effect on their respective genres and to […]

Beyond Sight – MMF 2021 Featured Photographers


By Jed Keith It started with a podcast. “It all goes back to Penny Royal,” said Kevin Newsome, co-owner of Nicholasville-based Beyond Sight Studios, when asked when his love for photography and videography began. After hearing this podcast — an exploration of tales in Somerset and Pulaski County that skew toward the unusual and off-beaten path […]

2021 Festival Artist Marko Coomer


By Jed Keith “I try to keep it happy,” artist and Somerset native Marko Coomer says of his approach. “There’s always a wink in my work. I am inspired by anything that’s going to bring a smile to someone’s face.” Spend just a few minutes with Coomer and it’s more than evident he’s passionate about […]

The Master Musicians Festival Will Go On

Board of directors votes to host the 28th festival at a reduced capacity Blues Traveler will return as the headliner after last year’s festival canceled SOMERSET, Kentucky (March 15, 2021) — The Master Musicians Festival Board of Directors announced today that the 28th festival will happen as planned July 16-17 at Somerset Community College Festival […]

MMF Hires Full-Time Executive Director


The Master Musicians Festival board of directors has hired Tiffany Finley as its full-time executive director. Finley, who has led this two-day summer music event on Lake Cumberland for the last 11 years as a volunteer, will begin her new role on July 7. She will step down as president of the board of directors […]

Pauline House – MMF Lifetime Achievement Award Winner 2019

Master Musician Festival symbol on green background.

By Tara Kaprowy Step into Pauline House’s piano studio, and, framed on the wall, you’ll immediately see this mouthful of a word: misodoctakleidist. It means someone who hates practicing the piano or, alternatively, someone who isn’t very good at playing the instrument. It serves as a small glimpse into House’s personality, hinting at her dry […]

Maria McNeil – MMF Music Educator of the Year 2019

Maria McNeil

By Julie Harris When a young Maria McNeil met her soon-to-be adoptive parents, there was an undeniable kinship between them. Call it irony, call it circumstance, call it destiny. But in that moment Maria and her parents learned they share a deep love of music — a bond that makes any differences in physical appearance […]