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Saturday, August 4, 2018
The fourth annual Oldtone Roots Music Festival, September 6-9, 2018, Hillsdale, NY
Whisper Farm, 1011 County Rt 21, North Hillsdale, NY, 12529.
Productions continue their carefully
curated old-time music line up with the return of some Oldtone favorites and
some exciting new folks. Roots music fans will be delighted to hear that the
Appalachian Mountain duo Anna & Elizabeth (recently featured in the New Yorker) will be bringing their harmonies
and their art to the Hillsdale festival. Also new this year are Oldtime Blues
artist Hubby Jenkins (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Creole
artist and former member of The Pine Leaf Boys Cedric Watson, well known upright bass player Mike Bub (Del McCoury band). Other new
artists include Five Mile Mountain Road (bluegrass), cajun fiddlers Joel Savoy and Kelli
roots trio Pete’s Posse, and the Balkan Romani Gypsy duo Eva Salina and Peter Stan.
returning lineup makes up Oldtone’s core, with some of the most exciting roots
artists today. The Oldtone host band, is the well-known Foghorn String Band from Portland, OR, Oldtone’s
favorite Cajun band Jesse Lege and the Bayou Brew will be
returning to the Main and Dance Stages, as will the old time darlings Bill and the Belles. Bill and the Belles are the house
band for Farm & Fun Time which is hosted by Radio Bristol producer and house band-leader Kris
Truelsen, (the show is hot in the Roots music world right now). The Down Hill Strugglers are also making waves, and band
member Jackson Lynch recently played the Half Moon with
his band Jackson and the Janks, the Hudson hot spot that Oldtone partners with
for their SuperTone promotional shows. Nora Brown, the young up and coming roots
banjo player captured the festival’s hearts and minds last year with her
appearance on the “tweener” stage and has a place on the Main Stage for 2018.
organizer Kip Beacco stated; “I can’t begin to tell you about all the amazing
artists we’ve got coming this, year, it’s breathtaking.”
is the good ol’ days. I have never had such fun playing music as I did in the
dancing tent in the Oldtone Country Revue - the smell of sawdust from the
freshly built stage, the twinkling lights, and the warm summer air on our skin
as dancers twirled and two-stepped by. Oldtone is a dream.” stated singer