Happy start of Summer FRFFers,
31 years of Folk Music & Dance in the Berkshires
Aug 2, 3 & 4, 2019- Pre-Fest Tastings Aug 1
Dodds Farm – 44 County Rd 7D, Hillsdale, NY
Happy start of Summer FRFFers,
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Vance Gilbert Works His Magic at
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“If Joni Mitchell and Richie Havens had a love child, with Rodney Dangerfield as the midwife, the results might be something close to the great Vance Gilbert“, says Richmond Magazine
Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Vance started out hoping to be a jazz singer, and then discovered his affinity for the storytelling sensibilities of acoustic folk music. Word spread like wildfire about Gilbert’s stage-owning singing and playing, compelling Shawn Colvin to invite him to be special guest on her 1992 Fat City tour, where he took much of America by storm and by surprise. “With the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god..” wrote the Fort Worth Star-Telegram after a show on that tour. Noted not only for being the ever consummate performer, Gilbert has recorded 14 albums, including 5 for Philo/Rounder Records. Along with being opener of choice for artists as varied as Arlo Guthrie, Anita Baker, and Southside Johnny, the mid 2000’s found Gilbert opening 140+ shows for comedian George Carlin. Most recently he’s the opener of choice for Paul Reiser, the Milk Carton Kids, and the Subdudes, along with his own busy acoustic music making schedule.
Considered by many to be an integral part of the national folk scene, his soon to be released record The Day Before November (mid 2019) features an eclectic roster of musical types including rocker Mike Posner, Celtic harpist Aine Minough, bluesman Chris Smither, and Al Green’s organist Stacey Wade. He even has a tune on a Grammy Nominated children’s album. How rounded is that?
“Vance Gilbert is a living legend who has opened for artists as varied as Aretha Franklin, Shawn Colvin and comedian George Carlin. Gilbert’s jazz-inflected folk guitar features sophisticated melodies and meticulous solo arrangements. Lean back into his chops and admire the pairing of melodic inversions with Gilbert’s storyteller’s eye.” — Ethan Fogus
“I can throat sing like a Tuvan when I’m warmed up. I can imitate Billie Holiday. I write songs people think are unrecorded Richard Thompson tracks. I have tunes often mistaken for Gershwin or Harold Arlen. I can make you laugh, cry, and pee depending on where you are in my show. Simultaneously.
This is my time. I’ve was homeless for 4 years as a teen, on the run from violent, alcoholic parents. I’ve been kicked off of airplanes for reading a book about airplanes, I’ve been a tennis instructor, public school multicultural arts teacher, cook, and aviation history researcher. I’m over 60. I’ve been the opener of choice for Shawn Colvin (the whole Fat City Tour), Milk Carton Kids, Aretha Franklin, Arlo Guthrie, I did 150 dates with George Carlin just before he passed, over 20 now currently with Paul Reiser (Mad About You guy), co-written tunes with Grammy Country Music winner Lori McKenna, and I have a song on a Grammy-nominated children’s album. I’m a noted performance instructor. I’ve coached gameshow host John Davidson. I tour all the time.
This album is all over the map. But it’s full-on me. I produced it and I sing my ass off. Various tunes on this album could be hits on Americana, 70’s/R&B, AAA. It’s all that and spoken word, country blues, funk, and even Celtic, pennywhistle included. Mike Poser sings on this album. Aine Minough plays Celtic harp and sings. Al Green’s organist Stacey Wade, Tommy Malone of the Subdudes, all play prominent instrumental parts on this batch of tunes. Boston Pops strings arranger Brad Hatfield did strings and keyboard. Even Chris Smither’s first gig solely as guitarist and foot stomper happens here. This album is called Good Good Man. I currently like it very much.
I’ve had 13 previous albums, 4 on Rounder Records. Some I like very much, some, meh. Airplay on AAA and folk radio all over the place.
I’ve played most North American and two major Australian Folk festivals including Newport, Rocky Mountain, Winnipeg, Calgary, Kate Wolf, Ottawa, Falcon Ridge, and more. I’ve played clubs, coffeehouses, PACs – and I’ve done over 3,500 shows booked by The Roots Agency, on roster with them for nearly 27 years. Yeah, I’m loyal too.
I’m Black, I sing, I play an acoustic guitar, and I don’t play the blues. You know exactly what I’m talking about. I break that lazy expectation into pieces. Media loves to wonder about that.
If you aren’t intrigued by now, please read no further. Oh, ok, you’re at the end anyway.”
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FALCON RIDGE 2020 SHARE & SHELTER IN PLACE FEST
We will start the VIRTUAL SHOW on Thurs July 30, going each day of the 2020 fest dates thru Sun Aug 2. It will be archived for replay & will include day by day programming, from Thurs Pre-Fest Tastings, Lounge Stage, the Grassy Hill Emerging Artist Showcase and all of our confirmed artists in one way or another, along with some archival footage, special messages from long time vendors, radio sponsors, dancers, campers, former artists and fest friends of all stripe.
We have put together a team to produce and edit video and will invite all 2020 confirmed artists plus a few special guests to participate, gonna be a big job and in some ways, am very glad to be so, so, so busy.
And as mentioned THE GRASSY HILL EMERGING ARTIST SHOWCASE will be part of the online festivities, deadline to apply is next Weds June 10. Info and application avail at
We will take down the TICKET ORDER page shortly, many of you have asked that we leave it a few more days so you can still buy a tix as a way of supporting the fest thru this time. Much, much thanks to all for that generosity. Your 2020 tickets and other fees will be honored at the next festival.
We are also about to launch a FRFF sponsored COVID-19 CommUNITY READER and later, an online ARTIST MANAGEMENT Seminar as well. The C-19 READER will take the form of a Facebook Community page. Tho most of you know me only thru Falcon Ridge, my GIG, so to speak, before that was Molecular Biology, Virology and Immunology so have gone back to working on some of that.
We will send more info on those projects ASAP. Hope all of you are well and staying safe, safe, safe.
Thinking of all of you as we work and take time to reflect on all that is happening in the world, good and bad, hopeful and tragic, values to keep and those so needful of change. You can always Email me directly at FalcRidge@aol.com
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Happy start of Summer FRFFers,
Mid Winter Greetings FRFFers, here is our FIRST Enewsletter of 2019.
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We are so thankful for this supportive community willing to commit to the fest before knowing a single thing about the lineup which by the way is now compete and up at: http://falconridgefolk.com/
Earlybird tix sales ended last week and we had a wonderful uptick on sales during that period too. Up 20% over 2017. Just finished mailing them all out YESTERDAY! Not to worry if you plan to buy later or even at the gate. We expect to have ALL TIX TYPES including CAMPING at the gate. The advance price deadline is July 10. All tix prices & ordering info up at: http://falconridgefolk.com/
Three terrific June events we want to share, after all Falcon Ridge is still 70 DAYS AWAY, and we plan to attend these as well. Coming up on Thurs June 7 at Symphony Space in NYC is the incomparable DEL McCOURY BAND. For over 50 years, yup, I said FIFTY, Del has defined bluegrass, attracting fans of folk, country, blues, and old-time music by the thousands. If you are a BG fan and have never seen Del, or even if you have, DO IT NOW is our advice. Info at www.symphonyspace.org/events/
Then there is the American Roots Music Festival on Sat June 23 at Caramoor in Katonah NY, just off I-684. A family friendly, intimate fest, just one day & takes place throughout Caramoor’s 90 acres of grassy lawns, gardens & woodlands. Amy Mann, Ryanhood, Front County, Anthony da Costa, Valerie June & more. Amazing lineup! A contingent of FRFF staff and friends heading there too.
Another long-time fave is OLD SONGS, a family-friendly 3 day camping fest held at the Altamont Fairgrounds near Albany, June 22-24, chock full of Traditional, Celtic & World music & dance. Lovely relaxed atmosphere, wonderful vendors, CONTRA dancing, lots of daytime interactive workshops. Artists include Joe Jencks, Happy Traum & Jim Kweskin, Christine Lavin, Bob Franke, Gaslight Tinkers with Choc’late, John Roberts, Anne Hills, lots more. We expect to see many FRFFers there, plan to be there all day on Friday.
It’s opening day today at the 3 week long Kerrville Folk Festival too! Wishing them the best the water gods and goddesses can offer.
That’s it for now, feel free to Email me anytime at FalcRidge@aol.com
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We look forward to seeing each of you on the hill this summer! 70 days & COUNTING!
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May 15, 2018- For Immediate Release
The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival takes its 30th flight. Homegrown from a hillside musical gathering, this event has become an annual pilgrimage for many. Boasting a pre-fest Tastings, Farm Market & Lounge Stage, campers and day-trippers converge at this yearly Brigadoon-like setting on Dodds Farm in beautiful Hillsdale, NY.
Brimming with main stage concerts, workshops, hours of dancing, Activities 4 Kids, a charming Family Stage, international food and crafts, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The Dance Tent wakes to early morning yoga and grooves until 2AM Friday & 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 can also be had. Over 50 vendors ply their wares, much of it handmade or fair trade, emphasis on eco-friendly.
Revered pre-Dylan Folk icon Tom Paxton, fest MVPs the Slambovian Circus of Dreams and Songstress Dar Williams are featured along with a cast of fest faves from the past 29 years. Tempest, Gaslight Tinkers, Great Bear, The Nields, Vance Gilbert, Laura Love, Dan Navarro, The Kennedys & John Gorka are among the returning alums. Music runs the gamut from Celtic to Cajun to Blues, Bluegrass, Roots & more with the fest’s trademark singer/songwriters and Contra Dance bands front and center.
Single day, 3 day & camping tickets are available. Senior, student & military discounts are offered at the gate. Kids 12 & under admitted free. Pre-fest Tastings courtesy of Copake Hillsdale Farmers Market brings local wineries, distilleries, breweries & food producers together for a 5-hour treat feast. Intimate performances at the Lounge Stage begin at 5PM. Thursday Pre-Fest is included with all 3-day tickets or may be purchased separately.
The fest takes off Friday August 3 with its critically acclaimed Grassy Hill Emerging Artist Showcase now in its 27th year. More info & tickets at FalconRidgeFolk.com or 860 364-0366.