(Mostly) Northeast Folk/Roots/Bluegrass/Cajun/Celtic Summer Festivals
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(Mostly) Northeast Folk/Roots/Bluegrass/Cajun/Celtic Festivals
Table Description: As accurate as we can maintain it. Email suggestions/corrections to NorthEastFolknRootsemail@example.com. Program & performers subject to change, always verify with the festival.
Start Date v End Date Festival URL Genre City State 2010 Performers 2010 Thread Comments
6/3/10 6/6/10 Strawberry Park Bluegrass Festival http://www.strawberrypark.net/bluegrass-festival/ Bluegrass folk & pop folk Preston CT Dailey & Vincent (Friday) Marty Stuart (Saturday) The Greencards (Sat & Sun) Peter Rowan (Friday) The Gibson Brothers (Friday) Dry Branch Fire Squad (Sat & Sun) The Farewell Drifters (Thur & Fri) Kenny & Amanda Smith (Saturday) Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice (Thursday) The Boston Boys (Fri & Sat) Amy Gallatin (Thurs & Fri) Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa (Saturday) Rockin’ Acoustic Circus (Sunday) Darin & Brooke Aldridge (Sunday) Red Molly (Saturday), …and presenting our Folk Music Stage, featuring… The Kennedys (Sat) Dala (Sat) Vance Gilbert (Sat) Red Molly (Sat) Tracy Grammer (Sat) 9016
6/4/10 6/6/10 THE ADIRONDACK BLUEGRASS LEAGUE ROUNDUP http://www.adirondackbluegrassleague.com Bluegrass Galway NY
6/5/10 6/5/10 31st ANNUAL CAMBRIDGE RIVER FESTIVAL http://www.cambridgema.gov/CAC/Community/river.cfm jazz, folk, Latin and world music Cambridge MA tba 9350 Rain or Shine A FREE one-day celebration of the arts along the banks of the Charles River — featuring jazz, folk, Latin and world music performances, dance, art demonstrations, family art-making activities and over 100 specialty food purveyors and craftspeople! The Cambridge River Festival celebrates the arts with a free outdoor event, attracting an enthusiastic audience of 200,000 to the banks of the Charles River. With 30 years under its belt, the River Festival has become a venerated Cambridge “institution” and a highly anticipated annual event. Beginning with a procession from Harvard Square to the Charles River, the Festival’s enormous variety of visual and performing art and food reflects the city’s diverse neighborhoods and cultural heritage. Visitors experience a wide array of Cambridge‐based visual and performing arts which extend along a mile‐long stretch of Memorial Drive between JFK Street and Western Avenue. The Cambridge River Festival collaborates with many local organizations and programs to showcase multiple stages of live national and local jazz, folk, world music, dance, poetry and theater performances. Visitors also enjoy family entertainment, hands-on art-making activities and demonstrations, crafts, and a grand assortment of specialty foods and traditional festival fare. You can also contact Julie Madden, Director of Community Arts: firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-349-4381. http://www.cambridgema.gov/CAC/Community/river.cfm
6/6/10 6/6/10 The festival formerly known as the “Boston Folk Festival” http://www.bostonfolkfestival.org/ Folk, Contemporary singer-songwriter, pop. Boston MA http://www.bostonfolkfestival.org/performers.html 9356 Do a google search, this results: “Nine stages of live folk music including singer-songwriter, blues, bluegrass, traditional, and folk/rock. The Festival includes a dance stage, …” Really? caveat emptor
6/6/10 6/6/10 GREEN ROOTS FESTIVAL http://bikesnotbombs.org/bat09 Folk, world Jamaica Plain MA Kaos Puppets, Pan Xpressions Steelband, A Far Cry Self-Conducted Chamber Orchestra, Marcus Santos & Bloco AfroBrazil, Incus unplugged, Sardine Circus, Pariah Beat 10079 Free!
6/10/10 6/13/10 Roots on the River Festival http://www.rootsontheriver.com Roots, Americana Bellows Falls VT Canadian singer/songwriter Fred Eaglesmith anchors this 4 day festival. 6 shows, 5 venues, 4 days. Outstanding lineups, great food reasonably priced, free parking, deluxe ticket packages. 10th Annual ROTR Festival set to open on Thursday, June 11 2009. Josh Maiocco, Chris Smither, Sonny Landreth, Ninja Monkeys, Spike Dogtooth, Roger Marin Band, Junior Brown, Jenee Halsted, Sweetback Sisters, Caroline Herring, Red Molly, Hayes Carll, The Bottle Rockets, Jeffrey Foucault, Fred Eaglesmith, and more to be added. http://www.rootsontheriver.com/roots_bios.html 8899
6/10/10 6/13/10 Strawberry Park Cajun/ Zydeco Festival http://www.strawberrypark.net/cajun-zydeco-festival/ Cajun & Zydeco Preston CT Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie–Sat & Sun Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys–Fri & Sat Pine Leaf Boys–Sat & Sun Brian Jack & The Zydeco Gamblers–Sat & Sun Chris Ardoin & NuStep–Fri & Sat Donna the Buffalo–Saturday Jesse Lege & Bayou Brew–Thur, Fri & Sun Girl Howdy–Sunday Li’l Anne & Hot Cayenne–Thur & Fri Dennis Stroughmatt & Creole Stomp — Thur & Fri The derailers–Fri JimmyJo & The Jumbol’ayuhs–Fri & Sat The Hot Tamale Brass Band –Sat 9188
6/11/10 6/13/10 Worcester Irish Music Festival http://www.worcesteririshmusicfestival.com/main/main.html Celtic Worcester MA http://www.worcesteririshmusicfestival.com/entertainment/entertainment.html 9931
6/11/10 6/13/10 31st Annual Sea Music Festival http://www.mysticseaport.org Traditional Folk Mystic CT Barrouallie Whalers, Barry Keenan, The Beans, Black Brook Singers, Bob Webb, Carl Thornton, Chris Koldewey, Cliff Haslam & ‘The Jovial Crew’, David Iler, David Coffin, David Littlefield, Deb Cowen, Denise Cannella, Don Sineti, Gabriel Donohue, Geoff Kaufman, Hughie Jones, The Johnson Girls, Mustard’s Retreat, Nordet, Peter Kasin and Richard Adrianowicz, Rick Nestler, Stephen Sanfilippo 9995
6/17/10 6/20/10 Jennybrook Bluegrass Festival http://www.jennybrookfestival.com/ Bluegrass Tunbridge VT Gibson Brothers, Seldom Scene, Don Rigsby & Dudley Connell, Leroy Troy & The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, , Audie Blaylcock & Redline, Alan Bibey & Grasstowne, Summertown Road, Acoustic Blue, Smokey Greene, Hemingway Brothers, Brenda Mathews & Friends, and your host bands, The Seth Sawyer Band and The Sawyer Brothers. 8676
6/17/10 6/20/10 Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival http://www.blisteredfingers.com/ Bluegrass Litchfield ME Alecia Nugent (LA) Sat. Little Roy & Lizzy (GA/TN) Sat. Audie Blaylock & Redline (IN) Fri. The Larry Gillis Band (GA) Thur, Fri. Tim Graves & Cherokee (AL) Fri. White Mountain Bluegrass (NH) Sat., Sun. Bluegrass Diamonds (NB) Fri., Sat. Wilf Clark & The Misty Mountaineers (ME) Sat. Blue Horizon (NS) Thur., Fri., Sun. Phat Grass (ME) Thur., Fri., Sun. Aroostook County Bluegrass (ME) Sun. Blue Around The Edges (RI) Sat. The LaClaires (ME) Sun. Robinson Gospel Sing Along (MA) Sun. And Your Host Band Blistered Fingers (ME) Thurs., Fri. 9210
6/24/10 7/5/10 Smithsonian Folklife Festival http://www.festival.si.edu Folk Washington DC ? 10044
6/25/10 6/27/10 Old Songs Music Festival http://www.oldsongs.org/festival/index.html Folk, traditional, Celtic and world music and dance Altamont NY http://www.oldsongs.org/festival/performers.html 9315 “We are not what one might call a “singer-songwriter festival”…”
6/26/10 6/26/10 The Americana Folk Festival http://www.site.americanafolkfestival.org Traditional folk Bryn Athyn PA Peggy Seeger, Diana Jones, Jonathan Byrd, Doug & Telisha Williams 9539
6/26/10 6/26/10 Westford Roots, Rhythm & Blues Festival www.westford-bluesfest.ticketleap.com Blues, rock Westford MA * THE JAMES MONTGOMERY BLUES BAND * THE LOVE DOGS * THE UNDAUNTED: PROFESSOR HARP * LYDIA WARREN * MARTY NESTOR BAND * LITTLE JOHN & GREG CARTER * CORETTA SELLARS * And more– to be announced. 9993
6/27/10 6/27/10 GrayMist Fiddle Fest http://www.graymistfiddlefest.com/ traditional, bluegrass, Celtic and old-time Groveton NH ? 10086
7/2/10 7/4/10 New Bedford Summerfest http://www.newbedfordsummerfest.com/ Contemporary folk, revioval folk, Celtic, pop. New Bedford MA http://www.barrel-of-music.com/ & http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/New-Bedford-MA/New-Bedford-Summerfest/168004690150?ref=ts 9101 2/19: Many more artists are announced in facebook then the official website.
7/11/10 7/17/10 Catskills Irish Arts Week http://www.irishvillageusa.com/catskills-irish-arts-week Celtic East Durham NY http://www.irishvillageusa.com/catskills-irish-arts-week-instructors 10030
7/14/10 7/18/10 The Woody Guthrie Folk Festival http://www.woodyguthrie.com Folk revival, old-time, singer-songwriter. Okemah OK http://www.woodyguthrie.com/2010_Entertainers.htm 9934 The Woody Guthrie Folk Festival is held annually in mid-July to commemorate the life and music of Woody Guthrie. The festival is held on the weekend closest to July 14 – the date of Guthrie’s birth – in Guthrie’s hometown of Okemah, Oklahoma. Daytime main stage performances are held indoors at the Brick Street Cafe and the Crystal Theater. Evening main stage performances are held outdoors at the Pastures of Plenty. The festival is planned and implemented annually by the Woody Guthrie Coalition, a non-profit corporation, whose goal is simply to ensure Guthrie’s musical legacy.
7/15/10 7/18/10 Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival http://www.greyfoxbluegrass.com Bluegrass, old time Oak Hill NY DRY BRANCH FIRE SQUAD (Host band Thursday-Sunday) SAM BUSH (Sat) TIM O’BRIEN (Sat) KATHY MATTEA (Sat) DEL McCOURY BAND (Fri) DAVID GRISMAN BLUEGRASS EXPERIENCE (Fri) DOYLE LAWSON AND QUICKSILVER (Thu) THE GIBSON BROTHERS (Sat) THE GREENCARDS (Fri/Sat) GREENSKY BLUEGRASS BAND (Thu) DONNA THE BUFFALO (Thu/Fri) CROOKED STILL (Thu/Fri) SARAH JAROSZ (Fri/Sat) JOSH WILLIAMS BAND (Thu/Fri) ROCKIN’ ACOUSTIC CIRCUS (TBA) THE HILLBENDERS (Thu/Fri) ANDREW AND NOAH VAN NOSTRAND BAND (TBA) JOHN KIRK & TRISH MILLER (Thur/Fri/Sat) Plus MORE Masters, Family, Dance & Grass Roots stage artists. 8736
7/16/10 7/18/10 Solarfest http://www.solarfest.org, http://www.facebook.com/pages/SolarFest/176178148860?ref=ts Folk, jam, focus on VT musicians. Tinmouth VT None listed as of 2/19. 8631 We are looking forward to bringing you another great year of world-class entertainment, the best workshops the Northeast has to offer, plus over 100 vendors and exhibitors showcasing a wide variety of renewable energy and sustainability products, clothing, crafts and delicious food. Tickets go on sale in April. Performers and presenters will be listed as they are confirmed. Workshop proposal and volunteer applications will be available in mid-January. Mark your calendars for SolarFest 2010 – July 16, 17 and 18! For more than 15 years, demonstrating the power of positive energy!
7/16/10 7/17/10 Paulie’s New Orleans Jazz & Blues Festival http://www.baevents.com/pauliesnolabluesandjazzfestival/index.html Blues, Cajun & Funk Worcester MA http://www.baevents.com/pauliesnolabluesandjazzfestival/music.html
7/17/10 7/18/10 Riverhead Blues and Music Festival http://www.riverblues.org/ Blues, zydeco Peconic River Front, Riverhead NY Joe Krown Trio Rosie Ledet & The Zydeco Playboys, Sean Chambers Band, Little Toby Walker 9950 The 12th Annual Riverhead Blues and Music Festival presented by the Vail Leavitt Music Hall. Come out and enjoy over 30 Live bands performing over the course of two days in front of the scenic Peconic river. Vendors! Food! Carnival! Live Music! Guaranteed to be the best time you will have this summer !
7/19/10 7/19/10 Blackstone River Theatre Celtic Festival http://www.riverfolk.org/brtcf/index.html Celtic Cumberland RI Aoife Clancy & Robbie O’Connell, Paddy Keenan, Pendragon, Bua, 10023
7/22/10 7/25/10 Ossipee Valley Music Festival http://www.ossipeevalley.com Bluegrass, string band, old-time South Hiram ME The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Gibson Brothers, The Claire Lynch Band, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, The Bluegrass Gospel Project, The Belleville Outfit, The Good Lovelies, The Packway Handle Band, Darol Anger and the Republic of Strings, Joy Kills Sorrow, The Toughcats, The Bagboys, Muddy Marsh Ramblers, Bits & Pieces and more to come. 9217 One of the largest acoustic music festivals in New England. The festival is held among the tall pines in western Maine on the banks of the Ossipee River. Besides the 40 hours of live music from National touring artists the festival is host to three prestigious contests totaling more than $10,000.00 in prizes, several Contra and Barn dances, over a dozen workshops, children’s activities and much, much more. The festival is host to the New England Song Contest, Flatpicking and Banjo Championships. The competitions draw contestants from across the country. Saturday night usually features a Contra dance. Music workshops for beginners to masters level are given by the main stage performers and are offered free of charge.
7/22/10 7/25/10 Norwich Family Bluegrass Festtival http://www.norwichfamily traditional bluegrass Norwich NY THE CABIN FEVER BAND (HOSTING)..THE DAUGHTERS OF BLUEGRASS..LORAINE JORDON AND CAROLINA ROAD….THE GARY WALDRUP BAND…LARRY GILLIS AND HIS HARD DRIVIN BLUEGRASS BAND…SMOKEY GREEN…DAVE NICHOLS AND SPARE CHANGE…TEXAS ROSE…THE NEW PLEXIGRASS…REMINGTON RYDE…MATTHEWS FAMILY BAND..MIKE AND MARY ROBINSON AND MORE……TO COME 9218 26 Years of traditional Bluegrass Music..at the Chenengo county fairgrounds,
7/23/10 7/25/10 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival http://www.falconridgefolk.com/ Contemporary singer-songwriter Hillsdale NY Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, Vance Gilbert, Dala, Giant Robot Dance, Nerissa & Katrina Nields, and our three top voted by audience Showcase Artists from 2009: The Brilliant Inventions, Swing Caravan and chuck e. costa. 8554 Volunteer application form available 2/19.
7/23/10 7/25/10 Lowell Folk Festival http://www.lowellfolkfestival.org/ Traditional & ethnic folk Lowell MA http://lowellfolkfestival.org/performers.html 9187 With hundreds of thousands of visitors attending annually, the experience is ever-changing. The four producing partners: The City of Lowell, the Lowell Festival Foundation, Lowell National Historical Park, and the National Council for the Traditional Arts, have continued organizing and presenting the Festival annually during the last full weekend in July.
7/29/10 8/1/10 Gathering of the Vibes Festival http://www.gatheringofthevibes.com/2009/Home Singer-songwriter, bluegrass, psychodelic, soul, rock, reggae. Bridgeport CT To be announced 3/19. 9186 Gathering of the Vibes is an annual music, arts and camping festival now in its 15th year. Vibes has grown into a four-day festival that has featured such world-class talent as Crosby, Stills and Nash; all living members of the Grateful Dead; the Allman Brothers Band; James Brown; the Black Crowes; Buddy Guy; George Clinton and P-Funk; Bruce Hornsby; Les Claypool; and many, many more big names, while continuing to showcase extraordinarily talented, young, up-and-coming bands to the 15-25 thousand people who attend each year.
7/30/10 8/1/10 Newport Folk Festival http://www.folkfestival50.com/index.html Traditional & revival, roots, singer-songwriter, pop. Newport RI http://www.folkfestival50.com/music-schedule.html
Had de-evolved into a pop festival, last year came back with a good amount of folk.
8/4/10 8/8/10 Appalacian String Band Music Festival (Clifftop) http://www.wvculture.org/stringband/index.html Old-time Clifftop W. Va.
8/5/10 8/8/10 Podunk Bluegrass Festival http://www.podunkbluegrass.net/ Bluegrass E. Hartford CT Blackstone Valley Bluegrass David Davis and the Warrior River Boys The Earl Brothers Freight Hoppers The Gibson Brothers The Greencards Hot Buttered Rum Josh Williams Band Mike Cleveland & Flamekeepers Next Best Thing Packway Handle Band Rhonda Vincent & the Rage Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder Southern Rail The Expedition Show 8059
8/7/10 8/7/10 The 1st Annual Saddleback Mountain Bluegrass Festival http://www.saddlebackmaine.com/winter/bluegrass-festival.php Bluegrass Saddleback ME http://www.saddlebackmaine.com/winter/bluegrass-festival.php 9793
8/8/10 8/8/10 Wachusett Valley Folk Festival http://www.wachusettmusic.com/2010-wachusett-valley-folk-festival/ Folk, singer-songwriter, pop folk, comedy. Westminster Ma Ashbrook Haynes – Brooks Williams – Don White – Maeve – Mustard’s Retreat – Pesky J Nixon – Susan Werner – Vance Gilbert
8/26/10 8/29/10 Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival http://www.blisteredfingers.com/ Bluegrass Litchfield ME The Grascals (TN) Sat. Nothing Fancy (VA) Fri. Karl Shiflett & Big Country (TX) Thur. Mark Phillips & IIIrd Generation (OK) Sat., Sun. The Spinney Brothers (NS) Thur., Fri. Simon St. Pierre (ME) Fri. Bluegrass Diamonds (NB) Fri., Sat. Acoustic Blue (MA) Sat., Sun. Remington Ryde (PA) Thur., Fri. Crossover (CT) Sat., Sun. The Fiddling Landrys (NB) Fri., Sat. Original Conditions (ME) Thurs., Sun. Robinson Gospel Sing Along (MA) Sun. And Your Host Band Blistered Fingers (ME) Fri. 9210
8/28/10 8/29/10 LIMM Seafood Craft & Music Festival http://www.limaritime.org Sea Shanty West Sayville NY ? 8156
9/4/10 9/4/10 Open Road Music & Arts Festival http://www.openroadfestival.com
Worcester MA TBA 9835 email@example.com
9/4/10 9/7/10 CDS/FAC Labor Day Weekend at Pinewoods http://www.facone.org/programs/program/labordaypw.htm Traditional Plymouth MA Our staff this year features: Will Mentor, leading American dance; Marcie Van Cleave, leading international and English country dance; Barbara Pixton, leading instrumental workshops in international music; Ray Rosenstock, leading vocal workshops in international music; Bob DeLuca, leading intensive morris dance workshops Our musicians: American dance – Anadama (Amelia Mason, Emily Troll, and Bethany Waikman) English dance -Pat MacPherson, Vince O’Donnell, and Patrick Yacono 10049
9/6/10 9/6/10 Bread and Roses Festival http://www.breadandroses.net/ Folk Revival Lawrence MA ?
As of 4/24/10 the website has not been updated since the 2009 festival.
9/25/10 9/26/10 Working Waterfront Festival http://www.workingwaterfrontfestival.org/ Sea Shanty New Bedford MA http://www.workingwaterfrontfestival.org/performers/ 9190 Join us in New Bedford, America’s largest commercial fishing port, to learn about the men and women who harvest the North Atlantic. Walk the decks of a scalloper, dine on fresh seafood, mend a fishing net and watch a Coast Guard rescue demonstration. Experience the workings of the industry which brings seafood from the ocean to your plate.
9/25/10 9/25/10 Providence Sustainability Festival http://apeiron.org/slf2009/index2.html Folk & contemporary singer-songwriter. W. Coventry RI http://apeiron.org/slf2009/index2.html 9878 Sponsored by the Apeiron Institute. Note location change from W. Coventry to Providence, and date change from June to September.
10/9?/10 10/10?/10 Taunton River Folk Festival http://www.tauntonfest.org/ Traditional and revival folk and blues. Taunton MA ?
As of 4/24/10 the website has not been updated since the 2009 festival.