Friday, April 30, 2010

(Mostly) Northeast Folk/Roots/Bluegrass/Cajun/Celtic Festivals

The Earth and Festival season are warming up. It's been a few months since the last update. This table is collectively complied by by the members of NEFolknRoots. Bloggers and social media users, feel free to use, but please cite the source.

Name: (Mostly) Northeast Folk/Roots/Bluegrass/Cajun/Celtic Festivals

Table Description: As accurate as we can maintain it. 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 The Boston Bluegrass Union presents top-notch bluegrass entertainment on Presidents' Day weekend in Framingham, Massachusetts. This annual indoor festival includes Main Stage national and regional bluegrass acts, a regional Showcase Stage, workshops and education programs for all ages, and round-the-clock picking.
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.
3/25/10 3/25/10 International Folk Music Festival Folk, World Boston MA Students and faculty from Bahamas, Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, India, Italy, Mexico, Russia, and the United States 9528 The 24th International Folk Music Festival takes place on Thursday, March 25, at 8:15 p.m., at the Berklee Performance Center. This annual performance celebrates Berklee's abundant international student population—24 percent—proving that music is truly a cultural bridge.
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."
4/30/10 5/2/10 30th Annual Spring Dulcimer Festival Traditional folk Cambridge MA
5/1/10 5/1/10 Wake up the Earth Festival World Jamaica Plain MA 9598 Wake Up the Earth Festival in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts is an annual festival held on the 1st Saturday of May. The festival brings together community across Jamaica Plain, Roxbury and other areas of Boston, celebrating diversity, springtime, world music and culture, youth music and culture, popular theatre, puppetry, local food and artisan vendors, non-profits around the community and so much more! It begins with a parade and turns into a day long music and art festival featuring amazing local musicians and performers...The Festival is followed by an after party by the hosting community center - Spontaneous Celebrations, the after party is run by the legendary Soul Revival and is held at the center at 45 Danforth Street in Jamaica Plain from 8pm-1am the festival is free admission, and any and all donations to the festival support the programs run at Spontaneous Celebrations To read more about the history and roots of this community festival that has been around for over 30 years please go to our website at
5/1/10 5/1/10 Brown University Folk Festival Folk Providence RI 9838 The Brown University Folk Festival seeks to bring together the Brown, RISD, and Providence folk music communities through a day of music and lightheartedness. Get excited for our superb musical acts, workshops, evening contra dance, craft and food vendors, and T-shirts.
5/15/10 5/16/10 RI Folk Festival Traditional Folk Foster RI Featuring… The Atwater~Donnelly Band Doofus The Miller Family Trio ALSO FEATURING: Tom Swanson, Jacquie Bartlett, Becky Chase, Liam Dailey, John Fuzek MC: Paul Dube 9276
5/15/10 5/15/10 North Shore Folk Festival traditional folk Salem MA 8312 Welcome to the 2nd Annual North Shore Folk Festival at Salem’s Old Town Hall! This is our second year as Salem’s premier independent folk festival. Our goal is to present the finest local and regional music and art. This year Salem’s Historic Old Town Hall will host the festival on Saturday May 15th, 2010 from 11AM until 9PM. We are proud to expose traditional folk music by showcasing the best of up-and-coming performing artists. NSFF was created with the intent to foster the community and nurture the arts. In years to come NSFF will continue to expand with the inclusion of literary events, art shows and alternative performances, with notable guest curators to facilitate this evolution. NSFF exists to promote local musicians and artists; please join us for a spectacular event! Best, John Kane Festival Organizer
5/20/10 5/23/10 Spring Gulch Folk Festival Contemporary folk, singer-songwriter, bluegrass New Holland PA 9671
5/29/10 5/30/10 4th Annual Bayou n' Boogie Festival Cajun & Zydeco Rehoboth MA 9450
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
6/5/10 6/5/10 31st ANNUAL CAMBRIDGE RIVER FESTIVAL 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: or 617-349-4381.
6/6/10 6/6/10 The festival formerly known as the "Boston Folk Festival" Folk, Contemporary singer-songwriter, pop. Boston MA 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?
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
6/12/10 6/13/10 The 34th annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival Folk, World San Francisco CA
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
6/17/10 6/20/10 Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival 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
6/19/10 6/20/10 Clearwater Festival - Great Hudson River Revival Folk, blues, roots Croton-on-Hudson NY 9328
6/25/10 6/27/10 Old Songs Music Festival Folk, traditional, Celtic and world music and dance Altamont NY 9315 "We are not what one might call a "singer-songwriter festival"..."
6/26/10 6/26/10 The Americana Folk Festival Traditional folk Bryn Athyn PA Peggy Seeger, Diana Jones, Jonathan Byrd, Doug & Telisha Williams 9539
7/2/10 7/4/10 New Bedford Summerfest Contemporary folk, revioval folk, Celtic, pop. New Bedford MA &!/pages/New-Bedford-MA/New-Bedford-Summerfest/168004690150?ref=ts 9101 2/19: Many more artists are announced in facebook then the official website.
7/8/10 7/11/10 Basin Bluegrass Festival Bluegrass Brandon VT 9334
7/16/10 7/18/10 Solarfest, 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 7/18/10 Green River Festival Americana Greenfield MA 9116
7/22/10 7/25/10 Ossipee Valley Music Festival Bluegrass, string band, old-time Cornish 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.
7/23/10 7/25/10 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival 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 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 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 Champlain Valley Folk Festival "Honoring Traditional Music and Dance in the Champlain Valley" Burlington VT 9794 Note new location
7/30/10 8/1/10 Newport Folk Festival Traditional & revival, roots, singer-songwriter, pop. Newport RI Had de-evolved into a pop festival, last year came back with a good amount of folk.
7/30/10 8/6/10 Sidmouth Folk Week Trtaditional English folk. Sidmouth UK 9735
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
8/7/10 8/7/10 The 1st Annual Saddleback Mountain Bluegrass Festival Bluegrass Saddleback ME 9793
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
8/20/10 8/22/10 Hickory Fest Bluegrass Music Festival Bluegrass, string band, old-time Wellsboro PA 9401
8/26/10 8/29/10 Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival 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 Sea Shanty West Sayville NY ? 8156
9/3/10 9/5/10 Rhythm and Roots Festival Cajun, Zydeco, Blues Charlestown RI 9189
9/4/10 9/4/10 Open Road Music & Arts Festival Worcester MA TBA 9835
9/6/10 9/6/10 Bread and Roses Festival Folk Revival Lawrence MA ? As of 4/24/10 the website has not been updated since the 2009 festival.
9/18/10 9/19/10 Joe Davies Folk Festival Folk, singer-songwriter, pop. Middleborough MA 9795
9/25/10 9/26/10 Working Waterfront Festival Sea Shanty New Bedford MA ? 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.
9/26/10 9/26/10 Providence Sustainability Festival Folk & contemporary singer-songwriter. W. Coventry RI 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 Traditional and revival folk and blues. Taunton MA ? As of 4/24/10 the website has not been updated since the 2009 festival.

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