May 24-26 ~ GottaGetGon Folk Festival

Saratoga County Fairgrounds/Ballston Spa, NY

Nora Jane Struthers • Claire Lynch • Beverwyck String Band, with Peter Siegel • Guy Van Duser • Andreas Transø • Friday Night New Folk - more TBA

May 23-26 ~ DelFest

Allegany County Fairgrounds/Cumberland, MD

• The Del McCoury Band • Trey Anastasio Band (2 Sets) • Old Crow Medicine Show • Yonder Mountain String Band • The Masters of Bluegrass • Trampled by Turtles • Leftover Salmon • The Travelin’ McCourys • Keller Williams with More Than A Little • Carolina Chocolate Drops • Jerry Douglas Band • The Infamous Stringdusters • Greensky Bluegrass • Red Baraat • The Campbell Brothers • Sarah Jarosz • Pikelny, Sutton, McCoury, Bulla & Bales • Davisson Brothers Band • Larry Keel and Natural Bridge • Elephant Revival • Danny Barnes • Aoife O’Donovan • Missy Raines and The New Hip Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band • The Rambling Rooks • Hackensaw Boys • Joe Craven • Mamajowali • Spirit Family Reunion • Blue Mafia

May 23 - June 9 ~ Kerrville Folk Festival

Quiet Valley Ranch/Kerrville, TX  830/257-3600

• Parker Millsap • Seth Glier • Gary P. Nunn • Sweetback Sisters • Aengus Finnan • Dirty River Boys • Joy Kills Sorrow • Jon Brooks • Susan Werner • Bob Franke • The Warren Hood Band • Hayes Carll • Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison • Songwriter School Faculty: Steve Seskin, Amy Speace, Bob Franke, Buddy Mondlock • Dala • Peter Yarrow • Max Gomez • Trout Fishing In America • The Steel Wheels • Bill Staines • Lost & Nameless Orchestra • MC Hansen & The Sentimentals • Jonathan Byrd • Ana Egge • Dana Cooper • Butch Morgan • Sam Baker • Matt Harlan • The Roys • The Farewell Drifters • Others TBA

Taking a closer look at each festival:

At Delfest, of course, we see that the McCourys are all over this thing, playing in various formations and with killer banjoist Noam Pikelney. One of our favorites, Aoife O’Donovan (Crooked Still), will likely get some backing from Noam and a host of others.

Kerrville is still filling out its schedule, but we’re delighted to see former Acoustic Live feature Seth Glier included, along with past featured artists Susan Werner and Jonathan Byrd. It’s also a treat to see Canadian Aengus Finnan making the rounds in the lower 48 once again.

The GottaGetGon lineup has, once again, thrown us a curve with acts unfamiliar to us. The lone exception here is the highly talented Sally Spring with Ted Lyons.

The shadows of winter grudgingly fade into spring, feinting a departure, then spring back time and again with a mischievous chill. The final letting go heralds the onset of another glorious festival season.

This year’s festival issue introduces a couple of festivals new to our publication: the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue, NY (Long Island), and the Mountain Folk & Roots Fest in Biglerville, Pa. Both will be in July.

In June, once again promoter Steve Lurie has put together an eye-popping lineup for the Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival.

We’ve read on the event website that this is Fred Eaglesmith’s last year at Roots on the River festival. It’s surprising, given that he seemed to be the festival’s guiding light. Maybe Dave Alvin, here with The Guilty Ones, will take over. This eloquent pillar of badass would make a fitting centerpiece.

We’re excited to see acts like the venerable Kris Kristofferson, Hot Tuna and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings on the bill at Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival this coming June. The act we’re most jazzed to see, though, is Sun Volt. When Jay Farrar left highly touted Uncle Tupelo, people rightfully thought it was the end of a great group. What they never suspected was that Farrar would form another winner, Sun Volt, and ex-bandmate, Jeff Tweedy, would form still another. The past is alive with Pete Seeger still here and Judy Collins raising her voice.

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell are examples of why Telluride Bluegrass Festival succeeds by resisting a purist stance. Emmylou and Rodney are still on tour in support of their album Old Yellow Moon. Richard Thompson, who’s been touring with them, also is here. There are still stalwarts like Chris Thile  and the Punch Brothers, Tim O’Brien, the McCourys and Bela Fleck to hold down the tradition.

Summer Festivals at Warwick Valley Winery

114 Little York Road, Warwick, NY   845-258-4858

May 25 - 27:  Dylan Fest  |  A Weekend Tribute to Bob Dylan.

July 13:  Watkins Glen Revisited  |  A Tribute to the Summer Jam

               of 1973.

July 14:  British Invasion  |  A tribute to the UK groups that stormed

              America in the 60s.

July 27 - 28: Black and Blues Weekend  |  Blues Saturday

              Black Sunday  (A Tribute to Johnny Cash)

August 17 - 18: Grateful Dead Weekend

The Greencards

Inhibitions are scarce

when the audience

dances at Rhythm & Roots Festival.

Strawberry Park Festivals

42 Pierce Rd, Preston, CT (860) 886-1944

  1. May 30 - June 2 ~ Bluegrass

  2. The Seldom Scene • The Kruger Brothers • The Greencards • The Steeldrivers• Gibson Brothers and more.

  3. June 6-9 ~ Cajun/Zydeco

  4. Geno Delafose • Steve Riley • Curley Taylor • The Pine Leaf Boys • Li’l Wayne & Same Ol’ 2 Step • The Savoy Family Cajun Band • Jesse Lege • Planet Zydeco • Lil Anne & Hot Cayenne • Sidewalk Zydeco  • Jimmy Jo and The Jumol’ Ayuhs • more TBA

June 1 ~ Appel Farm Arts and Music Festival

Appel Farm Arts & Music Center, 457 Shirley Road,  Elmer, NJ  Tel: 800/394-1211 or 856/358-2472, fax 856/358-6513,

Brandi Carlisle • Colin Hay • Delta Rae • Iris Dement • John Gorka • Brother Jocephus and the Love Revolution • Caravan of Thieves • Aoife O’Donovan • Low Cut Connie • Joe Crookston

We weren’t able to get a bead on who’s playing in late May at the Dylanfest at Warwick Winery, but we’re betting Rod MacDonald will be there. He’s an old favorite and no one does Dylan better. In lieu of a performer slate, we’ve chosen to list all of their upcoming summer events.

The Bluegrass Festival at Strawberry Park has the Greencards and that’s all we need to find our way over there.

If you can get Steve Riley and Geno Delafose to show up at a festival, there’s a party about to happen. Well, they’re at the Cajun/Zydeco Festival and there’s enough talent rounding out the bill to insure that the party goes on as expected.

There’s no doubt that Iris Dement will be showcasing her new(ish) album Sing the Delta at Appel Farm Arts and Music Festival. Connecticut-based Caravan of Thieves has gotten its fair share of attention in the New York area lately. Former AL feature Joe Crookston continues to show he’s still a singer/songwriter to be reckoned with.

For us, the biggest reason to go up to the mountain for Warren Haynes’ Mountain Jam is the presence of Austin guitar slinger, Gary Clarke Jr. The multi-faceted Clarke was beyond dazzling on his latest CD, Blak and Blu. I’m sure my iPod has some grooves worn in it somewhere from repeat plays.

Gary Clarke Jr.

June 6-9 ~ Warren Haynes’ Mountain Jam

Hunter Mountain, NY

• Primus • Big Gigantic • Rubblebucket • Kung Fu • The 4onthefloor • Filligar • Widespread Panic • The Avett Brothers • Gaslight Anthem • Conspirator • Deer Tick • White Denim • Nikki Bluhm & The Gramblers • Futurebirds • David Wax Museum • Roadkill Ghost Choir • Michael Benard Fitzgerald • Silent Bujak • The Christine Spero Group • Gov’t Mule • The Lumineers • Gary Clark Jr. • Michael Franti & Spearhead • Soulive w/Shady Horns • Amy Helm • Holy Ghost! • The Revivalists • Swear & Shake • Bill Evans’ Soulgrass • Alicia Chakour Band • Simo • Phil Lesh & Friends • Dispatch • Jackie Green • Alo • The London Souls • The Lone Bellow • Todd Wolfe Band • Jay Collins and The Kings County Band • Spencer

June 6-9 ~ Roots on The River

Annual Fred Eaglesmith Weekend, I-91, Exit 6, Bellows Falls, Vermont    Info: 866-484-3669

• The Cold River Ranters • Sean Rowe • Girls Guns and Glory • Poor Old Shine • Bellows Falls’ own The Milkhouse Heaters • After The Rodeo • Skumm & Oats • Heather Maloney Band • Sam Creigh • Grant Peeples • Shelley King • Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones • The Sea The Sea • Dan Weber • The Roger Marin Band • David Wax Museum • Zoe Muth • The Steel Wheels •  Miss Carolyn Mark • Mary Gauthier  • The Fred Eaglesmith Travelling Steam Show

June 20-23 ~ Telluride Bluegrass Festival

Telluride, CO  Tel: 800/624-2422

Mumford & Sons • Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell • Richard Thompson • Steep Canyon Rangers • Greensky Bluegrass & The Milk Carton Kids • Elephant Revival • Chris Thile • Dispatch • The Masters of Bluegrass featuring Del McCoury, Bobby Osborne, J.D. Crowe, Bobby Hicks, and Jerry McCoury • The String Cheese Incident • Punch Brothers • Peter Rowan • Trampled by Turtles • Tim O’Brien • Lake Street Dive • Sarah Jarosz • Leftover Salmon • Sam Bush Band • Feist • Telluride Troubadour • Yonder Mountain String Band • Jerry Douglas Band • Sara Watkins • BlueBilly Grit • Telluride Band Contest • Telluride House Band featuring Sam, Béla, Jerry, Edgar, Bryan & Stuart • Jackson Browne • Hot Rize • Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy • The Infamous Stringdusters • Béla Fleck • The Drepung Monks

June 15 & 16 ~ Clearwater Festival 2011

Great Hudson River Revival

Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Pete Seeger & Lorre Wyatt • Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings • Son Volt • Mavis Staples • Kris Kristofferson • Hot Tuna (Acoustic) & Steve Kimock • Judy Collins • David Bromberg Quintet • Keller Williams & The Travelin’ McCourys • Patterson Hood • Antibalas • Buffy Sainte-Marie • Jason Isbell • Joanne Shenandoah • Red Baraat • Toshi Reagon & Big Lovely • Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk • Nicole Atkins • Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars • Dan Zanes • The Klezmatics • David Broza • Vieux Farka Touré • Floodwood (Feat. Al Schnier & Vinnie AmIco of Moe.) • Delhi 2 Dublin • Guy Davis Band • Terrance Simien &  The Zydeco Experience • The Lone Bellow • David Amram • Tom Chapin • Tift Merritt • The Last Bison • Stephen Kellogg • Jay Ungar & Molly Mason • Mike & Ruthy • Giant Robot Dance • Josh White Jr. • Jesse Lége & Bayou Brew • Jill Sobule • Martha Redbone • Roots Project • Stephane Wrembel • La Excelencia • Elizabeth Mitchell • The Vanaver Caravan • Arm-Of-The-Sea Theater • Rude Mechanical Orchestra • The Rivertown Kids • Mustard’s Retreat • Magpie • Bash The Trash • The Storycrafters • The Healing Force • Margo Thunderbird • Pippa White • April Armstrong • Jackson Gillman • Children At The Well • Roger The Jester • Power Of Song • Walkabout Clearwater Chorus • Linda Richards • Dog On Fleas • Rick Nestler • Donna Nestler • Dan Einbender • Marva P. Clark • Paul Kaplan • Hudson Valley Sally • Mel & Vinnie • Sol Weber & Friends • The Dirty Stay Out Skifflers • Todd Crowley • Hope Machine • Paul Richmond • Zebediah Galipeau • Alyssa Morar • Joel Harris • Nate Marshall • Thom Wall • Tony Duncan • Bindlestick Bill • Eric Russell • Ted Warmbrand • Evy Mayer

Dave Alvin

Son Volt

Emmylou Harris


We’ve read on the event website that this is Fred Eaglesmith’s last year at Roots on the River festival. It’s surprising, given that he seemed to be the festival’s guiding light. Maybe Dave Alvin, here with The Guilty Ones, will take over. This eloquent pillar of badass would make a fitting centerpiece.

We know the Old Songs Festival is living up to its heritage when we see names like Gordon Bok on the bill. There is a healthy representation from the New York Pinewoods organization with Heather Woods, Ken Schatz and The Johnson Girls in attendance. We had just found out about singer/songwriter Sam Amidon and heard that his parents, Peter and Mary Alice Amidon, playing here, were “superstars” of a sort up in the northern climes. Their website more modestly states that they are “versatile and widely respected performing and teaching artists who for the past twenty years have dedicated themselves to traditional song, dance and storytelling.”

The Great Blue Heron Music Festival has its favorites. Appearing once again are Donna the Buffalo and Big Leg Emma. Nobody’s complaining.

Acoustic Live in NYC is thrilled to be a cultural partner with the American Roots Music Festival at Caramoor. We’ll be there as “Del does Woody” in the evening concert and we’ll be cheering on our projected June feature artist act, The Stray Birds, during the afternoon concerts.

The Mariposa Folk Festival lineup provided a shock for us. Reading the name Randy Bachman (with the Sadies), we thought, “Takin’ Care of Business?” Whoa. Well, he was also a member of one of my favorites back in the day, The Guess Who, so I figure that gives him license to go wherever the music leads him. Arlo Guthrie and Gurf Molix are also invited, so that’s making it tough this year to continue our own tradition of attending a certain festival in New England that weekend.

June 28 - 30 ~ Old Songs Festival of Traditional Music & Dance

Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, NY

Beppe Gambetta  • Claire Lynch • Chris Norman & David Greenberg • Footworks • Hanneke Cassel • Gordon Bok • Sally Rogers, Claudia Schmidt & Howie Bursen • Archie Fisher • Scott Alarik • Sheesham & Lotus • Seamus Begley & Oisin Mac Diarmada • Genticorum • Magpie • Joe Jencks • The New Boys of Old New York • Heather Wood, Julia Friend & Ken Schatz • Lea Gilmore • Molly Andrews • Clayfoot Strutters • Matt Munisteri • Groovemama • John Roberts • Maggie Boyle & Paul Downes • Sara Grey & Kieron Means • George Wilson • The Johnson Girls • Roger the Jester • The Fourth Wall • Corachree • Jake Thomas • Bill Spence  • Kapriol’! • Paul Friedman & Jody Kruskal • Toby Stover • Peter & Mary Alice Amidon • Beth Molaro

July 5-7  ~ Great Blue Heron Music Festival

Wait Corners Road , Sherman, NY   716-487-1781

Donna The Buffalo • The Campbell Brothers • Lake Street Dive • Kevin Kinsella W/ Mosaic Foundation • Big Leg Emma • Jayke Orvis / The Broken Band • Driftwood • Jim Donovan • The Sun King • Warriors • Mike ‘Slo-Mo’ Brenner • Smackdab • Alison Pipitone • Sunny Weather • The Hindu Cowboys • Tiger Maple String Band • Ron Yarosz & The Vehicle • Plastic Nebraska (Reunion) • The Gunpoets • The Double E • Stewed Mulligan • Amanda Barton & Bill Ward • The Bogarts • Shotgun Jubilee • Falling Hollywood • James Hunnicutt • Ken Hardley • Claire Stuczynski & Friends • The Hay Balers • Cindy Haight • Max Garcia Conover • Rachel Eddy • Haunted Heart • Deuble & Vogan • Shine-The-Love Band • John Merino • Honey Spine

Randy Bachman

Donna the Buffalo

June 29 ~ American Roots Music Festival

at Caramoor

149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah, New York  12:30pm

  1. Evening main feature: The Del McCoury Band -

  2. Del McCoury sings Woody Guthrie (World Premiere)

• Daytime Performances: David Wax Museum • John McCutcheon • Heritage Blues Quartet • The Stray Birds • Doug & Telisha • Spuyten Duyvil • Walkabout Clearwater Chorus

July 5-7 ~  Mariposa Folk Festival

Tudhope Park, Orillia, ON, Canada

• Randy Bachman with The Sadies • Arlo Guthrie • Kathleen Edwards • Murray McLauchlan • Bahamas • Family of the Year • The Kruger Brothers • Annabelle Chvostek • Rose Cousins • Lennie Gallant • Jerry Leger & The Situation • New Country Rehab • Mo Kenney • Gurf Morlix • Steve Payne • Arthur Renwick • Cécile Doo-Kingu • Coco Love Alcorn • Cihat Öztürk • Sam Baker • The Great Wooden Trio • Ron Nigrini • Shelley Bean & The Duckety Muds • The MacKenzie Blues Band • Chuck Baker and Sarah Lichti • The Fretless • Relative Harmony • More Artists TBA

July 6, 7 ~ New Bedford Folk Festival

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park,

New Bedford, MA

• The Beans • Roy Book Binder • Benoit Bourque & Son • Maggie Boyle with Paul Downes • Kevin Burke • Susie Burke and Dave Surette • Howie Bursen • Jeff Davis • Antje Duvekot • Marina Evans • Finest Kind • Ari and Mia Friedman • Beppe Gambetta • Raymond Gonsalez • John Gorka • The Grand Slambovians • Kim and Reggie Harris • Michael Johnson • The Kennedys • Jeremy Kittel • Peter Lang • Lori McKenna • Anaïs Mitchell with Jefferson Hamer • Mustards Retreat • New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus • Chris Pahud • Ellis Paul • Sally Rogers • Claudia Schmidt • Art Tebbetts • Gareth Turner • Vishtèn • Cheryl Wheeler • John Whelan Trio • Brooks Williams • Andrea Cooper & Mark Roberts • Charlie Cover • Truck Croteau & Marybeth Soares • Dancing Eyebrows • Joanne Doherty • Gary Fish • Fourteen Strings • Michael Laureanno • Seamus Galligan • Thatcher & Stan Harrison • Tom Kennedy & Steph Mahon • Tony Medeiros & Bruce Mattson • Grace Morrison & The RSO • Putnam & Doc Murdock • Barbara Phaneuf • Pumpkin Head Ted • Tiffany Rozenas

The New Bedford Folk Festival is the place we usually find ourselves during the 4th of July weekend. We’ll be eager to see old musical friends Beppe Gambetta, John Gorka and Lori McKenna. Fiddler Jeremy Kittell is returning this year. Last year Jeremy stole the spotlight. Adept at playing bluegrass, Celtic, folk, pop or even jazz, he was the man everyone wanted to have sitting in on their set. It will be a thrill to see him again. In addition, it’s been a while since we’ve seen Antje Duvekot or Brooks Williams, so all things considered, this will be a trip well worth making.

We first saw Leon Redbone at Fox Hollow Folk Festival in the ’70s. Here he is, still going strong at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, along with people like Dan Bern and Josh Ritter. With others such as Martin Sexton, The Flatlanders, and Dr. John, we’d have to say that the star power here runs pretty deep.

The spirit of Woody Guthrie is alive and well in the person of Pennsylvanian John Flynn, no matter where he goes, but it’s even more appropriate at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. He’s joined by dedicated followers Jimmy LaFave, Ellis Paul and Vance Gilbert, all (including John) former featured artists for this publication. Another former feature, the angelic-voiced anti-hunger activist K.C. Clifford, is (we think) a newbie at this event.

When you look at the linup every year for the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, you know you’re seeing the mother lode in this genre for the northeast region. Del McCoury, Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, Chris Thile and Michael Daves … it gets deeper and deeper all the time. We hear the new location isn’t as picturesque as its former home, the Rothvoss Farm in Ancramdale, N.Y., but that isn’t stopping anyone.

July 10-14 ~ Winnipeg Folk Festival

Birds Hill Park, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

• A Tribe Called Red • Afro Kumbé Sound System • Aidan Knight • Alan Kelly Gang • Aurelio & The Garifuna Soul Band • Bhi Bhiman • Blue King Brown • Bob King • Bombino • City And Colour • Cold Specks • Colin Meloy (Of The Decemberists) • D’harmo • Dan Bern • Danny Michel With The Garifuna Collective • David Francey • David Lindley • Del Barber • Dr. Dog • Dr. John & The Nite Trippers • Frank Fairfield • Galactic • Habadekuk • Hayes Carll • Indigo Girls • Jason Collett • Jordie Lane • Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band • Kaki King • Ken Whiteley & The Levy Sisters • Lake Street Dive • Leon Redbone • Lindi Ortega • Locos Por Juana • Los Vega • Madame Diva • Martin Sexton • Matt The Electrician • Nathan Rogers • Niyaz • Oh My Darling • Over The Rhine • Patrick Watson • Peter Paul Van Camp • Rich Aucoin • Robert Ellis • Rose Cousins • Sara Watkins • Sarah Macdougall • Sean Rowe • Sean Watkins • Seanster And The Monsters • Serena Ryder • Shelley Bean & The Duckety Muds • Stringband • Sylvia Tyson • The Avett Brothers • The Blind Boys Of Alabama • The Cat Empire • The Dunwells • The Flatlanders (Feat. Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely & Butch Hancock) • The Garifuna Collective • The Great Balanzo • The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer • The Howlin’ Brothers • The JD Edwards Band • The Magnificent 7s • The Milk Carton Kids • The Okee Dokee Brothers • The Poor Fools Comedy • Tinpan Orange • Tony Furtado • Whitehorse • Xavier Rudd

July 10-14 ~ Woody Guthrie Folk Festival

Okemah, OK

• Trout Fishing in America • Ellis Paul • Jimmy LaFave • Vance Gilbert • Sam Baker • Annie Guthrie • The Burns Sisters • John Fullbright • Joel Rafael • Ramsay Midwood • Ronny Elliott • Tim Easton • Don Conoscenti • Audrey Auld • Garrett LeBeau • David Amram • Rebecca Loebe • Griffin House • Red Dirt Rangers • Steve Poltz • Milagro Saints • Otis Gibbs • K.C. Clifford • Grant Peeples • Samantha Crain • Radoslav Lorkovic • John Flynn • Parker Millsap • Nancy Apple • Lauren Lee • Monica Taylor • Oklahoma Geniuses • Hurray For The Riff Raff • Rebekah Pulley • Susan Herndon • Rob McNurlin • Butch Morgan • Happenstance • Greg Jacobs • Sam Doores + Riley Downing & the Tumbleweeds • Still on the Hill • Randy Crouch • The Damn Quails • more TBA

Jeremy Kittell, below, with John Whelan, The Deadly Gentlemen and Amanda Walther of Dala

Leon Redbone

July 18-21 ~ Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival

The Walsh Farm, 1 Poultney Road, Oak Hill, NY

Hosted By Dry Branch Fire Squad Featuring: Hot Rize / Red Knuckles and The Trailblazers • Del McCoury Band • David Grisman Sextet • Infamous Stringdusters • David Bromberg Band • Mountain Heart • Jesse Mcreynolds’ Songs Of The Grateful Dead (Tribute To Jerry Garcia) • Punch Brothers • Blue Highway • Claire Lynch Band • Gibson Brothers • Steeldrivers • Lonesome River Band • Noam Pikelny & Friends featuring Aoife O’Donovan •  Tony Trischka & Territory • Chris Thile & Michael Daves • Della Mae • Old-Tyme Kosmik Trio (Darol Anger/Rushad Eggleston/Bruce Molsky) • Monroeville • Deadly Gentlemen • Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen Bearfoot • Milk Drive • The Hillbenders • Frank Fairfield • Barley Jacks • Dixie Bee-Liners • Too Blue • Sarah & The Tall Boys • Anne & Pete Sibley • Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys • Sleepy Man Banjo Boys • Get Down Boys • “Berklee” Bands • Pete Wernick’s Bluegrass Jam Campers… more TBA