Festival Focus

Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Finalists Named

Thirty-two songwriters have been named as finalists in the 2014 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition for Emerging Songwriters. Chosen from among hundreds of submissions from throughout the U.S. and Canada, the finalists will perform the two songs they submitted during the New Folk Concerts slated for Saturday and Sunday afternoons, May 24 and 25, as part of the Kerrville Folk Festival. [To continue reading the article and see the list of Kerrville New Folk Finalists, click on the headline.]

Showcase Artists Chosen for 2014 Bluegrass Ramble

Thirty artists and bands have been selected to participate in the Bluegrass Ramble series of showcases slated to take place at select venues throughout downtown Raleigh, North Carolina during the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s World of Bluegrass 2014, Sept. 30-Oct. 4. [To continue reading this article and see the list of Bluegrass Ramble showcase artists, click on the headline.]

Finalists Named in 2014 Wildflower! Performing Songwriter Contest

Performing songwriters from the states of Maine and Texas dominate the list of ten finalists named this week in the 2014 Wildflower! Performing Songwriter Contest. Each will perform two songs on the Singer Songwriter Stage during the 22nd annual Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival at Galatyn Park in Richardson, Texas, just a few minutes north of Dallas. Billed as North Texas’ largest music festival, it takes place, May 16-18. [To continue reading the article and see the list of finalists, click on the headline.]

Finalists Named in 2014 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest

Finalists have been named in the 22nd annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, hosted by MerleFest 2014, the popular roots-oriented music festival that takes place April 24-27 on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. [To continue reading the article, click on the headline.]
Old Settler's Music Festival Set for April 10-13, 2014 in Texas Hill Country

Old Settler’s Music Festival Set for April 10-13, 2014 in Texas Hill Country

The Texas Hill Country comes alive with the sounds of Americana and roots music of all varieties, April 10-13, 2014. That’s when the Old Settler’s Music Festival returns to the Salt Lick BBQ Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch in Driftwood, Texas, just south of Austin. Now in its 27th year, the festival also takes place during what’s usually the height of bluebonnet and wildflower season. [To continue reading this short article, click on the headline.]
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's 'Most Wanted' Emerging Artists Named

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s ‘Most Wanted’ Emerging Artists Named

The Boxcar Lilies, Darlingside, Connor Garvey and Roosevelt Dime have been invited to participate in the Most Wanted Song Swap at this summer’s Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. They were chosen in balloting by 2013 festival goers from among 24 artists/bands who performed in last year’s Falcon Ridge/Grassy Hill Emerging Artists Showcase. [To read the full article and view videos of the "Most Wanted" artists, click on the headline.]
South Florida Folk Festival Celebrates 20 Years in January 2014

South Florida Folk Festival Celebrates 20 Years in January 2014

The South Florida Folk Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2014. Presented by the nonprofit Broward Folk Club, the festival returns as a two-day event in a park setting on Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 18-19. More than 40 musicians will perform on two stages at Fort Lauderdale’s Hugh Taylor Birch State Park over the weekend. [To continue reading a short preview of the festival and its associated singer-songwriter competition, click on the headline.]

Entries Sought in 2014 South Florida Folk Festival Singer-Songwriter Competition

Singer-songwriters from throughout the U.S. are invited to enter the 2014 South Florida Folk Festival’s singer-songwriter competition. The submission deadline is Nov. 10. A preliminary selection committee from the local folk community will choose 12 finalists, each of whom will perform two songs live during the South Florida Folk Festival at Hugh Birch State Park in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 18. [To continue reading the article, click on the headline.]

Celtic Classic Returns to Bethlehem, PA, Sept. 27-29, 2013

The 2013 Celtic Classic highland games & festival is set for September 27-29 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Presented by the nonprofit Celtic Cultural Alliance and now in its 26th year, the free annual event is a celebration of the Irish, Scottish and Welsh cultures and heritage and will feature several stages of continuous entertainment. [To continue reading a short preview of the Celtic Classic, click on the headline.]

2013 Connecticut Folk Festival & Green Expo Set for Sept. 7

The eighth annual Connecticut Folk Festival and Green Expo, a free, day-long event, is set for Saturday, Sept. 7, in New Haven’s Edgerton Park. It will feature performances by singer-songwriter Darrell Scott and folk harmony trios Brother Sun and The Stray Birds, among others. [To read the full article, click on the headline.]
AcousticMusicScene.com Co-Sponsors Aug. 25 Picnic and Mini-Folk Festival in New York

AcousticMusicScene.com Co-Sponsors Aug. 25 Picnic and Mini-Folk Festival in New York

Hundreds of folk & bluegrass music lovers are expected to gather at the New City Volunteer Ambulance Corps (200 Congers Road, New City, New York) on Sunday afternoon, August 25 for the fourth annual picnic, singing party, and jam hosted by the Borderline Folk Music Club of Rockland County and co-sponsored by AcousticMusicScene.com. The free event is set for 12-6 p.m. in the outdoor grassy area adjacent to the parking lot. [To read the full article, which includes a listing of the featured artists and guest emcees, click on the headline.]
AcousticMusicScene.com Hosts Late-Night Music at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

AcousticMusicScene.com Hosts Late-Night Music at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

AcousticMusicScene.com will host a series of late-night song swaps, mini-showcases and open song circles during the 25th annual Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 1-4, in partnership with Pirate Camp, which was informally launched by Stuart Kabak and the late Jack Hardy a decade ago to provide a warm and welcoming haven for sharing music, food and camaraderie. [To read the full article, which includes a preview of one of the Northeast's most popular music festivals and a complete schedule for the AcousticMusicScene.com tent @ Pirate Camp, click on the headline.]