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8/15: ‘The Voice’ 2015 Winner Sawyer Fredericks Performs at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

At the age of 16, Sawyer Fredericks wins ‘The Voice’ in 2015 and received a record deal. He is the youngest vocalist to ever win on ‘The Voice.”

Today, he is 18 years old and finding his voice after his experience winning ‘The Voice.’ He performed at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival earlier this August and sang some of his songs from his third upcoming album, Hide Your Ghost.

His story is so inspiring! To read his story, click the image below!

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Hudson Valley raves about Falcon Ridge Festival

Falcon Ridge Festival has been making folk fans for 29 years

HILLSDALE — Joe Lavoie, who describes himself as one of those rare creatures, “a Conservative Folky,” looks forward to this time all year; he loves the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, which brings people from all over the East Coast to listen to all blends of music with the base of that unique folk style.

Dodds Farm, located at 44 County Rd. 7D, opened for festivalgoers to set up camp Wednesday, and the folk tunes from 59 established and emerging artists from four different stages started Thursday and continued through Sunday.

“I come for the sense of community,” said Lavoie, who is from Massachusetts and has attended the 29-year-old festival since 2002. “Everyone gets along like family. Everyone is very respectful.”

Lavoie said the first time he went to Falcon Ridge, he went alone.

“I made a friend at a bar, and we were a lot alike, and he told me I should go to this festival,” Lavoie said. “I look forward to this all year. It is great to come here to just get away.”

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Hudson Valley features Falcon Ridge Folk Fest

   Falcon Ridge brings in the folk

HILLSDALE — The 29th annual Falcon Ridge Festival held at Dodd’s Farm in Hillsdale closed out Sunday with performances by musicians such as David Massengill, Abbie Gardner and singer-songwriter legend Eric Andersen.

It was the first time Andersen had played an American folk music festival in 35 years, he said before his 5:15 p.m. set Sunday. “I’ve heard good things about it,” Andersen said of the festival. “I’m comfortably numb.”

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The 29th Annual Falcon Ridge Folk Festival August 4-6.


The 29th Annual Falcon Ridge Folk Festival August 4-6.

For Immediate Release


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.

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