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The 29th Falcon Ridge Folk Festival takes wing the first weekend in August. Homegrown from a hillside gathering, the fest has become a yearly pilgrimage for many. Complete with a pre-fest Thursday locavore inspired Tastings and Farm Market, campers and day-trippers converge on its yearly Brigadoon-like setting on Dodds Farm in beautiful Hillsdale, NY.
Brimming with main stage concerts, workshops, hours of dancing, Activities 4 Kids, a delightful Family Stage, international food and crafts, there is something for everyone. The Dance Tent wakes to early morning yoga and grooves until 2AM Friday and Saturday. The fest is accessible and ASL-interpreted.
Palate pleasers include Caribbean curries, Thai noodles, hand roasted coffees, Mexican, Italian, middle-eastern & vegetarian specialties. Organic juices & good ole American comfort food too! Over 50 vendors ply their wares, much of it handmade or fair trade, emphasis on eco-friendly.
60’s Folk icon Eric Andersen, fest MVPs the Slambovian Circus of Dreams and Season 8 Voice winner Sawyer Fredericks are featured along with Tempest, The Gaslight Tinkers, Upstate Rubdown, Brother Sun, ZydeGroove, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem and many others. Music runs the gamut from Celtic to Cajun to Blues, Bluegrass, Roots, Zydeco & more with the fest’s trademark singer/songwriters and Contra Dance bands front and center. A special tribute to the late Austin-based Red Dirt Music icon Jimmy LaFave who would have made his 7th Falcon Ridge appearance this year is planned.
Single day, 3 day and camping tickets are available as are senior, student & military discounts. Kids under 12 have free admission. Thursday pre-fest Tastings brings local food producers, wineries, distilleries & breweries together daytime followed by intimate evening performances at the Lounge Stage.
The fest begins at noon Friday August 4 with its critically acclaimed Emerging Artist Showcase. More info and tickets are at FalconRidgeFolk.com or 860 364-0366.
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival helps celebrate Drum Away the Blues: A Celebration of America’s Great Musical Heroes
DRUMMING FUN >> “Drum Away the Blues: A Celebration of America’s Great Musical Heroes,” will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, at the Mason Library on Main Street in Great Barrington. This program is free and open to the public.
Held in conjunction with the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, percussionist/author/educator Craig Harris leads this all-ages event. Info: gblibraries.org or 413-528-2403.
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“Hope to see some of you at Dodds Farm in Hillsdale NY enjoying food, crafts, music& plenty of dancing at our 27th annual FALCON RIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL. We have a NEW pre-fest addition on Thurs July 30, a full afternoon of local food & goodies courtesy of the Copake Hillsdale Farmers Market followed by THE LOUNGE STAG hosted by Tribal Mischief Productions.”
AcousticMusicScene.com Hosts Song Swaps at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival 2014
Among the Northeast’s most popular music festivals, the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival , now in its 26th year, takes place August 1-3 in Hillsdale, NY at Dodds Farm
The festival features dozens of artists performing on several stages, a dance tent, children’s music and activities, and a wide array of crafts, food and other vendors.
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News From Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
26 years of Folk Music & Dance in the Berkshires
Aug 1, 2 & 3, 2014 – On Dodds Farm – 44 CR 7D, Hillsdale, NY
Six items to report here:
1 – Our new ANNOUNCEMENTS Enewsletter
2 – FRFF 2014 web update
3 – Earlybird Tix sales til May 15
4 – Most Wanted Artists from 2013 Emerging Showcase
5 – Emerging Showcase 2014 accepting submissions
6- Grand Slambovians CD release SHOW this Sat April 12 in NYC
1. New E-Newsletter! Thanks to our long-time webmaster, Stephen Spencer, we have a new mailing list for festival announcements. If you were on the old mailing list, you’re on the new mailing list. You can subscribe, unsubscribe, or edit your subscription information at this link –
or e-mail Stephen at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will continue to sent e-newsletters five or six times a year.
2. FRFF 2014 Web Update – Our redesigned and re-engineered web site has been updated with current information on volunteering, craft and food vendor information, Emerging Showcase, performers, tickets and ticket ordering information.
Our 2014 lineup is nearing completion with some performers brand new to us, as well as past faces. A couple surprises STILL in the works. Performers include Aoife O’Donovan, the Grand Slambovians Tracy Grammer, Great Bear Trio, Annie & The Hedonists, Brother Sun, The Storycrafters, Tom Paxton, John Gorka, Cheryl Wheeler, Nerissa & Katryna Nields, Kim & Reggie Harris, Magpie AND just added, The Duhks, Christine Lavin & Don White & Perpetual e-Motion. The whole shebang will be up shortly.
3. Ticket Sales! Don’t forget tix are ON SALE by phone & mail, online ordering begins soon. Earlybird discounts on 3 day and 3 day camping end May 15. Go tohttp://falconridgefolk.com/tickets/ or call toll free at 866 325-2744 with your Visa or MC.
4. Most Wanted Artists from FRFF 2013 Emerging Showcase. In case you missed it, the top voted artists from the 2013 showcase who have been invited to the 2014 Most Wanted Song Swap on our Main Stage are:
* THE BOXCAR LILIES and DARLINGSIDE tied for FIRST place, with over 28% of the votes cast.
* ROOSEVELT DIME – garnering exactly 24% of the votes.
* CONNOR GARVEY – with over 23% and nearly a tie for second place.
Many HONORABLE MENTIONS too, Bobtown and Cricket Tell the Weather, the Brad Yoder Duo, Tall Heights, the Phil Henry Acoustic Trio and Michael Braunfeld. Much thanks to our 2013 showcase judges, Kathy Sands-Boehmer, from the Me & Thee Coffeehouse, Dennis O’Brien of the Newtown Theatre & Carter Smith of Common Ground Community Concerts. Plus our own Donna Grande and Don Beesley on main stage.
5. FRFF 2014 Emerging Showcase – Interested in submitting for our EMERGING SHOWCASE 2014? Deadline to apply is May 10. Submission instructions at our web site with a link to the Sonicbids application for now. We are working on an alternative submission process as well, details coming.
6 – Our very own Fest MVP’s the Grand Slambovians have a brand new mega CD, A BOX OF EVERYTHING, complete with a mega CD release show at Webster Hall in NYC this Sat Apr 12 at 7:30P. It’s also their first CD on the Red River label, a major step for the CIRCUS OF DREAMS, hope to see some FRFFers in attendance. More info at The Slambovian Circus of Dreams CD Release Show
Bye for now. If you don’t want to receive this e-newsletter any longer, send an e-mail to email@example.com and we’ll remove you from the mailing list. You can always e-mail me with any comments or questions at FalcRidge@aol.com
25 Years and going strong!!
FALCON RIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL
August 2, 3 & 4, 2013
on Dodds Farm
New features of the festival this year: Falcon Ridge Folk Radio–you can listen to the line up
plus an added day!!
(Jason Spooner is a personal favorite!)
Let me know if we can arrange press passes or last minute interviews!
MUSIC, DANCE, CRAFTS & FOOD
at the 25th Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary Aug 2-4. Homegrown from a humble Berkshire gathering, it has become a Folk Music & Dance Mecca. Campers and day-trippers converge at this yearly Brigadoon-like setting on the Dodds Farm in Hillsdale, NY.
The festival boasts concerts and workshops in natural amphitheater settings, hours of dancing on their incredible 9000 square foot floor, a delightful Family Stage, fun-filled Activities 4 Kids area, an international food court and an array of vendors. There is something for everyone, be it foodie expo, craft fair, social dancing or family event. Late night song circles abound. The never idle dance tent starts with wakeup yoga and grooves until 2AM Friday and Saturday. The fest is accessible and ASL-interpreted.
Consumables to please every palate line the midway, from Caribbean curries to Thai noodles to hand roasted coffees to Middle-eastern, Bavarian, Mexican, Cajun, Italian plus good ole USA specialties. Over 50 vendors display varied wares much of it handmade or fair trade with emphasis on eco-friendly.
Most 2013 artists are blasts from the past, including Grammy nominee CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band plus The Grand Slambovians, Clayfoot Strutters, The Kennedys, Dar Williams, Eliza Gilkyson, The Nields, Susan Werner, Vance Gilbert & others. Canadian duo Mike Ford and Dave Matheson formerly of Moxy Fruvous, one of the fest’s most beloved acts close Sat night on main stage with their politically satirical, folk-pop fusion.
Music runs the gamut from Celtic to Cajun to Americana to Blues, Bluegrass, Zydeco and Swing with the fest’s trademark singer/songwriters and Contra Dance bands at the center. Artists from Texas, Louisiana, Maine, Toronto, Nashville and closer to home are featured.
All 3 day with or without on-site camping and single day tickets are available. Ages 12 and under have free admission. There are discounts for seniors, college students and teens.
Early camping opens on Weds July 31.
The fest kicks off at noon Friday Aug 2 with its critically acclaimed Emerging Artist Showcase.
For info and tickets go towww.FalconRidgeFolk.com or call
FALCON RIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL RADIO/GRASSY HILL SHOWCASE ’13
3 – Annalivia-Boston MA
4 – Bethel Steele – Boston MA
5 – Bobtown-NYC
6 – Brad Yoder Duo-Pittsburgh PA
7 – Carrie Ferguson-Northampton MA
8 – Connor Garvey-Portland ME
9 – Cricket Tell the Weather-New Haven CT
10 – Darlingside-Boston MA
11 – Doug Allen-Stamford CT
12 – Doug Kwartler-Boston MA
13 – Jacob Latham-Bloomington IN
14 – Jonah Tolchin-Princeton NJ
15 – Martin Swinger-Augusta ME
16 – Michael Braunfeld-Philadelphia PA
17 – Noble Hunter-Brooklyn NY
18 – Phil Henry Acoustic Trio-Rutland VT
19 – Rachael Sage-NYC
20 – Reverend TJ McGlinchey-Philadelphia PA
21 – Roosevelt Dime-Brooklyn NY
22 – Tall Heights- Boston MA
23 – The Bones of J.R. Jones-Manilus NY
24 – The Boxcar Lilies-Greenfield MA
Happy Spring Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
Our website has been updated with 2013 info on volunteering, craft and food vendor submissions, Emerging Showcase, transportation, lodging, performers, ticket prices & ordering info.
Our 25th anniversary lineup is nearing completion with a couple brand new to us artists as well as a plethora of past faves. Still a few surprises in the works. Performers include Dar Williams, Grand Slambovians, Clayfoot Strutters, George Marshall with Wild Asparagus, Patti O & the Hip Hooligans and just added, The Andrew & Noah Band, Vance Gilbert, Susan Werner, Ellis Paul, Red Molly, The Stray Birds, Nerissa & Katryna Nields & The Storycrafters. More coming shortly.
Don’t forget tix are ON SALE by phone, mail & online. Earlybird discounts on 3 day and 3 day camping end on May 15. Go to www.falconridgefolk.com/tickets.html for all info, prices, to order online or download an order form. Or call us toll free at 866 325-2744 with your Visa or MC.
In case you missed it, the top voted artists from the 2012 showcase who have been invited to the 2013 Most Wanted Song Swap on our Main Stage are:
1. Poor Old Shine – garnering over 25% of the voters
2. The Yayas – virtually tied for first with 25%, had exactly one vote less than ‘Poor Old Shine.’
3. Gathering Time – with just over 21%.
Honorable mentions to Sweet Talk Radio from Los Angeles, Honor Finnegan from NYC, followed by Cary Cooper, Miles to Dayton and Sarah Blacker. Much thanks to our FR 2012 judges, Angela Page from WJFF Radio, Sara Gallmann of Music at the Mission & Scott Moore of Focus Music and Moore Music in the House. Thanks to everyone at Sonicbids & our own Donna Grande, mainstage manager.
We Begin the Count Down with our ANNUAL WINTER TIX SALE
THREE DAYS – Sat/Sun/Mon Feb 9th, 10th and 11th from 10A thru 10P by phone only.
LIMITED QUANTITIES OF 3 DAY CAMPING AND 3 DAY NO CAMPING at $112 and $82 at our toll free number, 866 325-2744. This pre-sale is advertised to our Enewsletter, Forum and social network subscribers only. Visa and MC accepted. Remember to treat all tix like cash. Keep in a safe place, they are non-refundable. You can request we hold them at the gate for you. We will take phone orders from 10A to 10P daily until tix sell out. There are 400 camping & 200 no camping tix avail. Callers may purchase up to 8 tix. Just one phone line here so be patient. Daytime is heavy, evenings lighter.
Updated info on prices, dates, deadlines, performers, last year’s showcase results & more will be on our website shortly. Prices on camping & no camping tix go up 14 bucks in March when EARLY BIRD sales begin. Other tix types, single day & teen will be available then. Fest faves The Grand Slambovians will be with us on our 25th anniversary. We are working on the lineup of many past faves and a couple new surprises right now.
New Dates for Falcon Ridge Folk Festival 2013!
The 2013 festival is moving to the first weekend in August! The festival will take place on August 2nd, 3rd, and 4th with campgrounds opening Wed. July 31st. For more updates head over to www.FalconRidgeFolk.com.
Thanks for all who helped to make Falcon Ridge a success this year!
Enjoy MUSIC, DANCE, CRAFTS & FOOD
24th Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
July 27-29 in Hillsdale NY
Since its birth in 1988, this New England gathering has grown from a regional summertime celebration to a Mecca for the folk community. From the beginning, the fest had a life of its own, not JUST an event but a state of mind one could return to again and again. Campers and day-trippers alike come together for this once a year recharging of the psyche’s batteries on the Dodds Farm in Hillsdale, NY this July 27, 28 and 29.
The fest community was shaped around the music, though in recent years many attend solely for the exquisite international food, others for the equally international juried crafts or to dance the day & night away on the largest outdoor floor of its kind. There is something for everyone, be it food expo, craft fair, dance-a-thon or family event. Each of the 4 stages is a micro universe, the campgrounds another world altogether. Throngs of youngsters populate the Activities 4 Kids Tent, late night song circles abound and the never idle dance floor starts with wakeup yoga and goes until 2AM Friday and Saturday.
Consumables to satisfy every palate line the midway, from vegan curries to Thai noodles, portobello wraps & spinach-feta quesadillas to freshly cut, fried potato chips. Fruit smoothies, chocolate confections and hand-roasted coffees are very popular as is clothing, fabrics, jewelry, literature, toys, pottery, hand blown glass, musical instruments, herbals and other wares, much of it either handmade or fair trade, emphasis on eco-friendly.
2012 musical highlights include 70’s folk luminary and activist Holly Near, a 2005 Nobel Peace prize nominee and one of the first women to create an indie record label. Fest faves the Grand Slambovians, Clayfoot Strutters, Eddie From Ohio, Girlyman and Tracy Grammer return. Newcomers, Jubal’s Kin bring their “Appalachia-infused Cosmic Americana” embracing both a strong roots tradition and fresh indie folk perspective. Greenwich Village folk legend Rod MacDonald makes his FRFF debut. Celebrating their 40th year in music, Aztec Two-Step, oft described as the bridge between the Beat Generation and the Summer of Love, close out main stage Sunday evening at 5PM.
Performers run the gamut from Cajun to Celtic to Folk-Rock, Blues, Bluegrass & Swing with the fest’s trademark singer/songwriters and Contra dance bands at the center. Artists from Virginia, Montana, North Carolina, Atlanta and closer to home are featured. Kids of all ages are welcome at the fun filled Family Stage. Workshops include The Blues is Still the News, Sweet Harmony and Rolling In the Aisles. All 3 day with & without camping and single day tickets are available. Admission is free for kids 12 and under plus discounts for seniors, students and teens. Falcon Ridge is handicap accessible and ASL-interpreted.
The fest kicks off at noon Friday July 27 with its critically acclaimed Emerging Artist Showcase. For info and tickets go to www.FalconRidgeFolk.com or call 860 364-0366.
Contact Anne Saunders
Artistic and Publicity Director
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival – 4th weekend in July
24 years of Folk Music & Dance in the Berkshires
July 27, 28, 29 2012
On Dodds Farm – 44 CR 7D, Hillsdale, NY
Toll free at 866 325-2744
Over 40 acts on 4 stages
A 3-Day Community of Folk Music & Dance at the Foot of the Berkshires
Main Stage Concerts in Natural Ampitheatre
Folk, Blues, Celtic, Americana, Bluegrass, World, Cajun, Swing, Contra, Square & Family Dancing, Family Stage, Activities 4 Kids Area, International Food & Crafts, Handicap Accessible & ASL Interpreted
Dance Tent 2012-The Clayfoot Strutters, Giant Robot Dance, Peter, Paul & George, Beth Molaro, Paul Rosenberg, George Marshall, Ralph Sweet, Patti O’Brien Melita, Kathryn Wedderburn, Jim & Madeline Christensen plus many others TBA, Sponsored in part by The Dance Flurry
Our complete lineup including Aztec Two-Step, Eddie From Ohio, The Grand Slambovians, Rod MacDonald, Holly Near, Brother Sun, Eilen Jewell, Ellis, John Flynn, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Spuyten Duyvil, Tracy Grammer, Pesky J. Nixon & many others is on our website.