Monday, February 1, 2010

2010 Northeast Folk Festivals, updated 2/1/10

Updated 2/1/10.

The report is in two halves.

  • The first part has actual dates per the festival's website updated for 2010. When the website also has performer names they are listed.
  • The second part has best-guess dates based on past history.

The number in the "2010 tread" column is the first message about that festival. Please go to it and append comments about that particular festival there.

  • The source is a database within the NEFolknRoots news and discussion group. Feel free to share the information, but please cite the source.
  • This is a best effort to compile festival information into one location, but festivals are subject to change, you are advised to check with the producer before purchasing tickets or attending.
  • Email suggestions/corrections to

Northeast Folk/Roots/Bluegrass Festivals

Email suggestions/corrections to 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
1/8/10 1/9/10 BCMFest Celtic Cambridge & Medford MA 8063 BCMFest is the musician-run, winter music festival which celebrates the Boston area's rich heritage of Irish, Scottish and Cape Breton music and Dance.
1/30/10 1/30/10 NORTHERN ROOTS Traditional Music Festival Traditional American Brattleboro VT 9098 The Brattleboro Music Center's third annual Northern Roots Festival brings together local and regional musicians representing the best of various northern musical traditions including Irish, Scottish, English, Swedish and French Canadian.
2/12/10 2/14/10 The Flurry Traditional dance Saratoga NY 8983 A Weekend Festival For Dancers & Music Lovers Of All Ages! Dances - Performances - Singing - Instrument Workshops Concerts - Jamming - Crafts...And More! Over 600 performers in eight venues. Over 250 events for all ages! Contact:
2/12/10 2/14/10 Joe Val Bluegrass Festival Bluegrass Framingham MA Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper (Sat) J.D. Crowe and the New South (Sat) Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (Sat) Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass (Fri) Special Consensus (Sat, Sun) Josh Williams Band (Fri) The Gibson Brothers (Sun) Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out (Sun) White Mountain Bluegrass (Sat) Sierra Hull and Highway 111(Sat) Buddy Merriam and Back Roads (Fri) Bluegrass Gospel Project (Sun) Southern Rail (Sun) The Reunion Band (Sat) The Spinney Brothers (Sat, Sun) Acoustic Blue (Fri) Joe Sings Joe (Sat) Back Eddy Bluegrass (Sat) Rabbit in a Log (Sat) Berklee Bluegrass All-Stars (Fri) 8494 Join the Boston Bluegrass Union and celebrate the legacy of the late Joe Val with three big days of bluegrass at the Sheraton Framingham. We have expanded workshops, educational programs, a great lineup of national and regional talent, music vendors, and around the clock picking. Our 2006 festival won the coveted "Event of the Year" award from the International Bluegrass Music Association.
2/25/10 2/27/10 New England Americana Festival Americana Boston MA 8988 The New England Americana Festival is a music festival celebrating a long tradition of deep rooted American folk music. Over time, these roots have sprung many strong branches, the fruit of which we hope to share and celebrate throughout the 3 night festival of music and art. Bands from throughout the Northeast will be coming to share their versions of American folk music - their take on a profound tradition - a demonstrative road map on keeping true and pushing forward. Not unlike folk of all traditions, Americana passes down a history of the experience of a people and holds equal value upon artist as well as audience. The sharing of folk art rests upon the interdependence of audience and artist, sharing in a communal experience - the basis upon which the festival rests.
4/23/10 4/25/10 New England Folk Festival Traditional folk and dance Mansfield MA 9178 1/31: "The grids will be up on the site tomorrow, so it must be that time of year again. Hope to see all of you at the festival."
6/3/10 6/6/10 Strawberry Park 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
6/10/10 6/13/10 Roots on the River Festival 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. 8899
6/10/10 6/13/10 Strawberry Park 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
6/17/10 6/20/10 Jennybrook Bluegrass Festival 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
7/3/10 7/4/10 New Bedford Summerfest Contemporary folk, Celtic New Bedford MA ? 9101 1/29: "the festival is on. It will be Saturday and Sunday, July 3 & 4, 2010...." 1/30: Website remains unchanged from 2009 festival. From Facebook: "Information will be on in a few days but the page is problematic right now...we are working on issues."
7/16/10 7/18/10 Solarfest, Folk, jam, focus on VT musicians. Tinmouth VT ? 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!
7/23/10 7/25/10 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Contemporary singer-songwriter Hillsdale NY SCOD, The Brilliant Inventions, Swing Caravan and chuck e costa 8554 As of 1/24/10 the website has not been updated since the 2009 festival.
7/23/10 7/25/10 Lowell Folk Festival Traditional & ethnic folk Lowell MA ? 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 Singer-songwriter, bluegrass, psychodelic, soul, rock, reggae. Bridgeport CT ? 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 Traditional & revival, roots, singer-songwriter, pop. Newport RI ?
Had gotten to be pop, last year came back to some folk.
8/5/10 8/8/10 Podunk Bluegrass Festival 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
8/8/10 8/8/10 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

8/28/10 8/29/10 LIMM Seafood Craft & Music Festival Sea Shanty West Sayville NY ? 8156
9/3/10 9/5/10 Rhythm and Roots Festival Cajun, Zydeco, Blues Charlestown RI ? 9189
9/25/10 9/26/10 Working Waterfront Festival Sea Shanty New Bedford MA ? 9190 As of 1/24/10 the website has not been updated since the 2009 festival. 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.
10/9?/10 10/10?/10 Taunton River Folk Festival Traditional and revival folk and blues. Taunton MA ?
As of 1/24/10 the website has not been updated since the 2009 festival. The Taunton River Folk Festival is a Massachusetts not-for-profit corporation organized to promote and support live traditional folk music and the arts in Greater Taunton, Mass. The Festival's theme is unifying music, community and environment to increase awareness and stewardship of our precious watershed area. The festival directly supports the efforts of the Taunton River Watershed Alliance ( Performers in the Festival all participate in workshops, panel discussions and jam sessions, in the spirit of 'front porch' music - the very essence of the folk tradition.
5/?/10 5/?/10 North Shore Folk Festival tba Salem MA ? 8312 As of 1/24/10 the website has not been updated since the 2009 festival.
6/?/10 6/?/10 Beacon Riverfest & Traditional Beacon NY ? 8629 As of 1/24/10 the website has not been updated since the 2009 festival.
6/?/10 6/?/10 Clearwater Folk, blues, roots Croton-on-Hudson NY ?
As of 1/24/10 the website has not been updated since the 2009 festival.
6/?/10 6/?/10 RI Sustainable Living Festival Folk & contemporary singer-songwriter. W. Coventry RI ?
Sponsored by the Apeiron Institute. As of 1/24/10 the website has not been updated since the 2009 festival.
7/17?/10 7/18?/10 Green River Festival Americana Greenfield MA ? 9116 As of 1/24/10 the website has not been updated since the 2009 festival.
7/?/10 7/?/10 Champlain Valley Folk Festival "Honoring Traditional Music and Dance in the Champlain Valley" Ferrisburgh VT ?
As of 1/24/10 the website has not been updated since the 2009 festival.
9/6/10? 9/6/10? Bread and Roses Festival Folk Revival Lawrence MA ?
As of 1/24/10 the website has not been updated since the 2009 festival.
9/?/10 9/?/10 Joe Davies Folk Festival Contemporary folk, blues, singer-songwriter, pop. Middleborough MA ?
As of 1/24/10 the website has not been updated since the 2009 festival.
9/?/10 9/?/10 Boston Folk Festival Contemporary singer-songwriter, pop. Boston MA ?
As of 1/24/10 the website has not been updated since the 2009 festival. "pop" you ask? Here's the evidence - Kerri Powers' 2009 performance of the Bee Gee's "To Love Somebody" -

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