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01/28/16 • View Online Or Forward to a friend.
Welcoming Back the Big Ears Bike Rentals Presented by MailChimp and Powered by Tennessee Valley Bikes

In Knoxville and especially during Big Ears, we strongly encourage our community and visitors to cycle, which saves money while reducing your carbon footprint and impact on the environment. We’re proud to announce the return of our complimentary Bike Rental service to all Big Ears patrons presented by MailChimp and powered by Tennessee Valley Bikes!

Available throughout the duration of the festival, bikes can be rented on a daily basis at Tennessee Valley Bikes’ shop, located within walking distance to all of our Big Ears venues! Fully trained staff will be at the shop to help with your bicycle fitting, repair, as well as provide biking maps and first-hand local riding information. Our friends at TVB will also be leading a ride to one of our favorite spots in Knoxville during the festival weekend, stay tuned for more information! Current details are available here.
The Gloaming Named One of The Guardian's Must-Hear Cultural Events of 2016

Another one of tasty treats in store at this year's festival: if you didn't know, The Gloaming is a genuine Irish supergroup - fiddle master Martin Hayes, guitarist Dennis Cahill, sean-nós singer Iarla O'Lionaird, hardanger innovator Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and New York producer / pianist and Big Ears alum Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman). After a stunning debut album, their second is on the way soon, just in time for the festival. During Big Ears, they'll take the Bijou Theatre stage on Thursday evening, after the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra's performances of John Luther Adams, Philip Glass, and Bryce Dessner.

And yes, The Gloaming made The Guardian's list of "most unmissable culture of 2016," who praises
 their "virtuoso blend of Irish traditional influences and experimentation." Read more here.

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