My Story

As an undergraduate, I studied math and physics, and I considered becoming a teacher. At that time, however, I was also learning to play the banjo, and following graduation, I spent the next ten years on the road as a musician, dancer, and dance caller. During that time, I had the opportunity to perform, call dances, and teach at music festivals and dance events throughout the U.S. and abroad. I now enjoy sharing my love of traditional music and dance with students at Warren Wilson. I recently took my Warren Wilson old-time stringband, Jenny & the Hog Drovers, to perform in China. For many years, I have been active in the field of Appalachian Studies, mostly researching and writing about traditional dance. My book, Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance (2015), tells the stories behind the square dances, step dances, reels, and other forms of dance practiced in southern Appalachia.

Phil Jamison with banjo
Phil Jamison Flatfoot Dancing
Phil Jamison


  • B.A. in Physics, Hamilton College
  • M.S. in Applied Mathematics, Western Carolina University
  • M.A. in Appalachian Studies, Appalachian State University

Research Interests

Courses Taught

  • MAT 2530: Statistics for Natural Sciences
  • MUS 2320: Appalachian Music and Dance
  • MUS 1550: Flatfooting and Clogging

Crews and Other Activities

  • Coordinator of weekly lunchtime music jam session and other traditional music and dance events on campus throughout the year
  • Organizer and host of the monthly Appalachian music concert series
  • Jenny & the Hog Drovers

Contact Professor Jamison

(828) 771-3722
Spidel 204
WWC CPO 6211

PO Box 9000

Asheville, NC 28815-9000
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