The following is a guest post by Djembe Drum Shop.
The USA is the land of many things but there are two exports that, when married together, are the perfect pairing. Folk festivals are hugely popular across the world, and no-one does a folk festival quite like the Americans.
If you’re into this niche of music and know your Billy Dean from your Dean Para, you will be no doubt counting down the days until your next festival. Here is our pick of five top US folk festivals happening in 2013:
1. Central Ohio Folk Festival
The Central Ohio Folk Festival always takes place on the first full weekend in May, and lasts for three days. This folk festival is as much about the teaching of music and jamming sessions, as it is the music and performers.
You can watch artists such as Cathy Barton and Dave Para in the day; and enjoy workshops, jamming sessions, and even a worst song contest in the evenings. If you’re heading to Ohio this May, be sure to take your instruments along and show off what you can do.
2. Florida Folk Festival
The next event on the calendar is the Florida Folk Festival, held in Hamilton County. This is one of the longest running festivals in the folk genre; it celebrated its 50th anniversary back in 2002. With that in mind then, the 2013 event is set to be bigger and better than ever.
Some of the names on the bill for this year include Billy Dean, Jim Stafford, The Bellamy Brothers, Ben Prestage, The Curries, Rachel Carrick and many more. If you’re a fan of this niche, you certainly won’t be disappointed by this festival.
3. Clearwater Festival
Held on in Croton-on-Hudson, NY; Clearwater Festival brings people together from across the county to honour the Great Hudson River. The festival has been held for 40 years, and was initially started to raise funds to clean the river. Today, the festival is a true celebration of music, arts, and entertainment.
The 2013 Clearwater Festival is due to be held on June 15-16, and you can expect to see performances from Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Son Volt, Mavis Staples, Dog on Fleas and many more.
4. Northwest String Summit
The 12th annual Northwest String Summit returns to Horning’s Hideout, Oregon, on July 18-21 for what is set to be 4 days of amazing folk music. The famous US festival has attracted a stellar line-up over recent years, and this year is no different.
Acts announced for this year include Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, Greensky Bluegrass and many more. This is a must-attend festival for fans of this genre, and is certainly a festival to keep an eye on as it grows.
5. RockyGrass Festival
On the 26th July, Lyons in Colorado becomes home to the RockyGrass Festival. The three day festival is set against the wooded backdrop of the stunning St. Vrain River, with the foothills of the Rocky Mountains just 15 miles away. This then, is surely the perfect setting for a folk music festival?
Acts on the bill include: Tim O’Brian, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Blue Highway, Front Country, The Deadly Gentlemen and Cahelen Morrison & Eli West. If you’re into your folk music, this is a great festival to visit.
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