Blue Sky Folk Festival in Kirtland on Saturday, September 17
. . . where great musicians can connect with new musicians . . .
Play, sing, dance or just come to listen to incredible folk music at the sixth annual Blue Sky Folk Festival: A Search for Harmony. The day-long, family friendly festival will be held rain or shine on the grounds of East Shore Unitarian Universalist Church at 10848 Chillicothe Rd. (Route 306) in Kirtland, Ohio 44094 on Saturday, September 17, from noon to 9 p.m. Gates open 11:30. General admission is $10 at the gate, or pay online for $8. Jammers bringing instruments get $3 off at the gate! 12 and under free.
Great Music, Good Times
We're excited to bring you a day-long feast of notable musicians. From Vermont, the string and vocal group Low Lily gives us rooted yet contemporary American folk music. They adapt traditional influences from bluegrass to old-time Appalachian, Irish, Scottish and New England music, and freshen it with their own modern inspiration and professionalism.
From Northeast Ohio, the popular Hey Mavis has performed to local sell-out crowds as well as at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and on National Public Radio. They started out in 2009 with an artist-in-residence program at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Imagine that! Don't you think it's time you saw Hey Mavis again?
Speaking of Jamming . . .
If you’re a musician (or wannabe – amateurs welcome!), bring your instrument for $3 off admission. If you’re a listener, welcome to the crowd. Jam circles are set up all over the festival grounds. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and relax awhile . . .
Main Stage is Indoors
Our musicians will perform on the indoor stage in air-conditioned comfort.
Matt Watroba emcees all day plus opens the show with his playing/singing at noon. Sweet, sweet stuff. Hal Walker & Friends (Hal's now a trio) bring us, as reviewer Jon Gindick said, "soaring compositions of life and love, always set in the big spiritual picture and the passion that makes our journey worthwhile."
You will have to get out of your chair and dance when you see Cats on Holiday, a Swamp Pop band with their own special blend of Texas and Louisiana inspired blues, rock, roots & Zydeco. And the Thor Platter Band with Thor, Paul Kovac and Paul Lewis brings us alt-country, Americana and just plain good music.
Performers | Schedule
Bring the Kids
We’re a family friendly affair. What better way to spend the day, surrounded by music, community and sunshine (we hope!) – and there’s a playground plus creative activities and kids' music workshops.
But I Just Want to Listen
Absolutely. Sing along, dream a little, listen a lot. No instrument required.
Great Workshop Line-Up
Some of our workshops are Blues Guitar with Bob Frank, a Hammered Dulcimer workshop with Barb Paddington, and a Ukulele workshop with Sheela Das. There will be jam sessions in both Old-Time music and Bluegrass. Stay tuned – we'll have the schedule up on the website soon.
Note to Self
Brought to you by . . .
The Blue Sky Folk Festival is brought to you by the North East Ohio Musical Heritage Association, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is to provide venues and opportunities for the performance, sustenance and preservation of folk music in our region through the creation of inspiring experiences that stimulate a personal love and appreciation of folk music. Our concerts depend on your gifts and sponsorships to bring these very affordable events to a larger public. Donate here.
This program is funded in part by a grant from the Lake County Visitors Bureau Arts and Culture Fund to further participation in, and awareness of, arts and culture in Lake County.