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Savannah Music Festival Selects 16 Young Musicians for Acoustic Music Seminar 2013

Article written by on Friday, Feb 01, 2013 in Awards,Festivals,People

The Savannah Music Festival has announced its chosen participants for the 2nd Annual Acoustic Music Seminar (AMS), a mentorship program involving five days of hands-on instruction for promising and talented young musicians (ages 15 to 22) in acoustic music. Led by acclaimed mandolin player Mike Marshall, this year’s students will also study with world-class musicians and artists such as jazz guitarist and composer Julian Lage, bluegrass fiddler Darol Anger, multi-instrumentalist Bruce Molsky and cellist Rushad Eggleston.

Of the 2013 AMS participants, Associate Director Mike Marshall says, “I was overwhelmed by the caliber of the applicants this year. The sixteen students we have chosen really do represent some of the finest young musicians I’ve seen, some of them right at the cusp of their careers taking off. I can’t wait to see what they bring to the program, and I know Savannah is going to be blown away.”

The AMS 2013 participants, in alphabetical order, are: Sterling Abernathy, 19, Nashville, TN (Mandolin); Erik Alvar, 22, Tallahassee, FL (Double Bass)l David Benedict, 20, Clemson, SC (Mandolin); Catherine (BB) Bowness, 22, Koitiata, New Zealand (Banjo); Mairi Chaimbeul, 19, Skye, Scotland (Lever harp); Xavier Foley, 18, Marietta, GA (Double Bass); Tatiana Hargreaves, 17, Corvallis, OR (Violin); Gary Hultman, 19, Johnson City, TN (Dobro); Ethan Jodziewicz, 20, Olympia, WA (Double Bass); John Mailander, 22, San Diego, CA (Violin); Mila Phelps-Friedl, 15, Arlington, MA (Cello); Chase Potter, 20, Columbus, OH (Violin); Matthew Taylor, 16, Maryville, TN (Guitar/Mandolin); Molly Tuttle, 20, Palo Alto, CA (Guitar/Banjo); Leah Wollenberg, 20, Canyon, CA (Violin) and Matthew Witler, 21, La Crescenta, CA (Mandolin).

After a week of master classes also including Dobro master Jerry Douglas, British violinist Daniel Hope and mandolinist David Grisman, along with workshops and jam sessions, AMS culminates in a sensational showcase for festival audiences, entitled Stringband Spectacular. The production includes premieres of new work by AMS participants, performed by breakout ensembles including the clinicians. Tickets are $15-50 for the April 6th production at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts, and can be purchased online or by phone at 912-525-5050. More information on the AMS can be found on the AMS page.

The 2013 Savannah Music Festival takes place from March 20th through April 6th in intimate venues throughout Savannah’s historic district.

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Newport Folk Festival Tickets On Sale March 31

Article written by on Wednesday, Mar 30, 2011 in Festivals

Tickets for the Newport Folk Festival will be available on the festival website starting Thursday, March 31 at 10:00 a.m. The festival will be held July 30-31 in Fort Adams State Park, Newport, Rhode Island. Musicians scheduled to perform span a variety of folk music, from traditional to pop-folk to folk rock to blues and even a brass band, and a variety of experience levels from classic to newfound. I enjoyed going through the groups and finding a few new candidates for my personal music library.

Saturday’s lineup includes The Decemberists, Gillian Welch, Gogol Bordello, Earl Scruggs, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Tegan and Sara, Mavis Staples, The Felice Brothers, Delta Spirit, Freelance WhalesThe Devil Makes Three, Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three, Typhoon, River City Extension, PS22 Chorus (a nationally recognized elementary school chorus), The Wailin’ Jennys, The Ebony Hillbillies and the What Cheer? Brigade (that’s the brass band). Events also include a Song Circle with Dar Williams, Ellis Paul, John Gorka and Liz Queler. (Note for Mac users: the PS22 website crashed my Safari browser twice in a row but worked fine with Firefox.)

Sunday’s performers are Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, Amos Lee, M.Ward, Wanda Jackson, Middle Brother, Justin Townes Earle, Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Civil Wars, Trampled By Turtles, The Cave Singers, The Head & The Heart, Secret Sisters, David Wax Museum, Mountain Man, Brown Bird and The Seeger Clogging All-Stars, led by Tao Seeger.

Tickets are expected to go quickly, so early purchases are advised.

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Old Settler’s Music Festival April 15-18

Article written by on Saturday, Apr 10, 2010 in Concerts,Festivals

The Old Settler’s Music Festival will be held Thursday, April 15 through Sunday, April 18 near Austin, Texas. Among the scheduled artists are Green Mountain Grass, The Joe Ely Band, Jimmy LaFave, The Wronglers, Ruthie Foster, The Special Consensus, Mindy Smith, Elizabeth Cook and many others including Patty Griffin with Buddy Miller.

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Moab Folk Camp and Festival November 1-8

Article written by on Tuesday, Oct 13, 2009 in Conferences,Festivals

The 2009 Moab Folk Camp gets underway in a few weeks. Held in Moab, Utah November 1-6, the camp offers six days of musical instruction and interaction including classes in voice (solo and harmony), guitar, harmonica, mandolin, songwriting and even outdoor art.

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FARM Folk Gathering October 8-11

Article written by on Thursday, Sep 24, 2009 in Festivals

The Folk Alliance Region Midwest will hold its annual gathering October 8-11 in Bolingbrook, Illinois, near Chicago. Juried “showcase” performances are open to the public. A few of the artists are Curtis & Loretta,  Gloria Attoun and maritime musician Tom Kastle.

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Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival October 3

Article written by on Thursday, Sep 24, 2009 in Festivals

The 42nd annual Bascom Lamar Lunsford “Minstrel of Appalachia” Festival will be held Saturday, October 3, at Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, North Carolina. If you are not familiar with the work of this song collector, musician and founder of numerous folk festivals, you might wish to take a look at the compilation put on YouTube a few years ago as part of the college’s 150th anniversary celebration.

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1st Annual Blue Ridge Foothills Folk Festival October 9

Article written by on Sunday, Sep 13, 2009 in Festivals,From the Press Release

The 1st Annual Blue Ridge Foothills Folk Festival will take place on Friday, October 9, 2009, at 6:30 pm at Glen Maury Park in Buena Vista, Virginia. This 1960s era folk concert will feature performances by Josh White, Jr., Jim Connor (former member of the New Kingston Trio, who penned John Denver’s Grandma’s Feather Bed), Ray Blouin (former member of The Wayfarers) and House Mountain Group, and Mrs. C’s Singers.

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Mary Win: Dark Lyrics, Beautiful Sound

Article written by on Sunday, Jul 12, 2009 in Concerts,Festivals,People,Reviews

I don’t know whether she will eventually choose to settle (or be channeled) into a particular style, but right now Thailand-born Burmese singer/songwriter Mary Win is exploring a wide range of sounds from folk to rock to pop. Her lyrics are often dark but her songs are definitely worth a listen. “Snowdrifts” is an example of a song that is more in the folk music pattern. “Suddenly”  is a song she presented last year in honor of human rights efforts in her parents’ native country of Burma.

Mary makes her home in the Seattle area. Her upcoming shows include a performance on Sunday, July 19th at the Strawberry Festival on Vashon Island.

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