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FIFTH ANNUAL FERDINAND FOLK FESTIVAL SINGER-SONGWRITER CONTEST SHOWCASES ARTISTS

67240113 10156886485152217 8399240024037523456 nOn Sunday, August 11, from 4:00 to 6:30 pm Eastern, in the intimate 70-seat theatre of St. Benedict's Brew Works in Ferdinand, enjoy some of southern Indiana's best singer-songwriters sharing their original works. The fifth-annual Ferdinand Folk Festival Singer-Songwriter Showcase is also a benefit concert to help keep the festival free. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for those under 18. To reserve a seat, call or text 812-631-2856.

From a juried competition, these are the performers (alphabetical order) selected for Sunday's showcase:

The Burch Brothers, Dubois, IN, and Louisville, KY

For over 40 years, Eddie and Rick Burch have played music together with the band, The Burgoo Kings, and in recent years have begun performing as a duo. Eddie was first inspired to learn guitar and write songs when, at age 18, he heard Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A’ Changin'” album. "Creating art with social consciousness was my first goal and remains an important element in my life," he states. Rick, a guitarist, was first inspired by Duane Allman, Hendrix, Clapton, and others. He is also a fan of the acoustic guitar work of Bruce Cockburn, and Eddie has been likewise moved by Cockburn’s songwriting. "We are thrilled to have been invited to perform at the festival headlined by a musical hero we so admire." Photo ID: l to r, Rick Burch, Eddie Burch

The BurmaShaver(s), Evansville, IN, and Ashley, IL

Dubbed an “original, new-wave, acoustic, eccentric, Americana, folk-music duo”, The Burma Shaver(s) are the 2017 marriage of the diverse musical styling of Lonesome Steve Fowler and Jerry Wilson. "If the shadows are just right," states Fowler, "we can oft times be spotted rehearsing along the banks of the Wabash River (the half way point between our hometowns) sharing a cane fishing pole and a daydream of playing our music for anyone and everyone who will lend an ear--sharing tall tales, short stories, and poems through lyrics, melodies, sentimental longings, and wistful affection for the past." Photo ID: l to r, Steve Fowler, Jerry Wilson

Katie Didit, Louisville, KY

Katie Didit has spent most of her life immersed in the world of Appalachian music, studying traditional mountain music in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, at Mountain Empire College. Katie's vintage flare is paired with her passion for lyrical composition, each line laden with intention, leaving her listeners feeling as if they just finished their new favorite book. "My motivation for playing music boils down to one simple word: connection," she states. "Playing original music derived from personal experiences creates a vulnerability that I can share with those willing to listen. There is no better way to connect with people than to share your deepest feelings through song."

Maris Fish, Bloomington, IN

Singer and guitar player Maris Fish, one of seven children in her family, currently majors in elementary education. "I have a passion for human rights and Spanish," she states. She plays music to better understand herself and to build greater self-confidence. "When I grew unconfident in my music and began letting go of the things I loved, music helped bring that time to an end."

Laura Rose and the Briars, Evansville, IN

Laura Rose and the Briars is a new group "starting fresh-out-of-the-gate". Composed of sisters Laura Rose D’Alto, Amelia Madi, and soul-sister Emily Durchholz, they perform original songs with an earthy, acoustic drive and a starry-eyed perspective. "Each of us has a background in music, theatre, dance, any and all things in the performing arts," states Laura Rose. "When we make music together, we get to tell stories that mean something to ourselves and our listeners. There is no greater joy than being a storyteller." Photo ID: l to r, Amelia Madi, Laura Rose D’Alto, and Emily Durchholz

Jacob McDaniel, New Salisbury, IN

Returning from last year's Showcase, Jacob McDaniel acquired a love of vintage folk and blues music at a young age, starting guitar lessons at age 11 after inheriting a Guild acoustic guitar from his deceased uncle. Releasing his second solo album, Seven Birds Blue, in May 2019, McDaniel has been inspired by the beauty and authenticity of the music of Bob Dylan, Cat Stephens, and The Allman Brothers Band. "I draw inspiration from the world around me," he says. "I then turn snippets of rhymes, random thoughts, and song titles into full compositions."

Redwood Preservation Society, Evansville, IN

In the Redwood Preservation Society, David Warren writes the songs, plays finger-style guitar, and provides most of the lead vocals. "Michael Flake is our guitar escort, who tastefully decorates our music with what we like to call the Flake Effect," states Warren. Jennifer Vela, their "rose among the thorns", blends her vocal harmonies around David’s soulful mash "like bourbon and honey". "We craft our songs with our hearts on our sleeves," Warren continues. "Most of our songs are about love, loneliness, or the space between the two. We are either missing the one who slipped away or holding them tightly in our arms. We hope that our music is a comfort to the weary and that maybe you can find yourself swaying along a bit." Photo ID: l to r, David Warren, Jennifer Vela, Michael Flake

Clayton N. Schroeder, Bloomington, IN

Returning for his third Singer-Songwriter Showcase, Clayton N. Schroeder is a full-time husband, father of two, and seasonal songwriter. "I pick up my guitar when I hear Ferdinand calling, and then I let it go into hibernation after the last campfire in the fall," states Schroeder. "When it comes to songwriting, I'm not a weekend warrior--I'm a seasonal samurai." A storyteller at heart, his homegrown, Hoosier folk songs come from his life, his jobs, and his friends. "As they say, 'Write what you know.'"


To further honor their achievement--to kick off the 10th annual Ferdinand Folk Festival--the performers will be featured at 11:00 am Eastern on Saturday, September 21, on the NextEra Energy Main Stage in 18th Street Park. They will also be invited to perform a short set on the Kyana Woodstock Market Stage during the afternoon of the festival. The artists may sell cds and merch at both events.

At Sunday's showcase, St. Benedict's Brew Works will be open from noon to 8 pm Eastern, and will serve craft beer and artisan root beer, handmade pizza, soft pretzels, veggie burgers, and more. Visit www.saintbenedictsbrewworks.com for more info.

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The Ferdinand Folk Festival is a free, family and environmentally friendly festival featuring internationally, nationally, and regionally touring singer-songwriters on the main stage, dozens of artisan, food, and environmental/wellness booths, aerial dancers, giant renewable energy puppets, many fun, educational music and nature programs for children, entertaining and informative Tent Talks, workshops for all ages, and much more. Patrons may learn more about the event on Facebook and find updates in the weeks ahead at www.ferdinandfolkfestival.com. Co-presenting sponsors of the festival are Best Home Furnishings and MasterBrand Cabinets. The Main Stage sponsor is NextEra Energy Resources. The Market Stage is sponsored by Kyana Woodstock.

FERDINAND FOLK FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES
2019 SINGER-SONGWRITER SHOWCASE

On Sunday, August 11, from 4 to 6:30 pm Eastern, in the intimate 70-seat theatre of St. Benedict's Brew Works, the public is invited to enjoy some of the region's best singer-songwriters who will share their original works.

The fifth-annual Ferdinand Folk Festival Singer-Songwriter Showcase is also a benefit concert to help keep the festival free. Admission at the door will be $10 for adults, $5 for those under 18. Reservations can be made by calling or texting 812-631-2856.

The Folk Fest Music Committee extends compliments to the 17 who entered this year's friendly competition and congratulations to these 8 showcase artists (in alphabetical order):

1. The Burch Brothers (Eddie Burch, Rick Burch), Dubois, IN, and Louisville, KY
2. The Burma Shaver(s) (Steve Fowler, Jerry Wilson), Evansville, IN, and Ashley, IL
3. Katie Didit (Kaitlyn Caudill), Louisville, KY
4. Maris Fish, Bloomington, IN
5. Laura Rose and the Briars (Laura Rose D’Alto, Amelia Madi, Emily Durchholz), Evansville, IN
6. Jacob McDaniel, New Salisbury, IN
7. Redwood Preservation Society (Jennifer Vela, David Warren, Michael Flake), Evansville, IN
8. Clayton N. Schroeder, Bloomington, IN

"We are encouraged by the response and the quality of talent in the area," stated committee member Kris Lasher. "We're excited to provide this opportunity for the public to hear these diverse artists."

To further honor their achievement, the performers will also be featured at 11:00 am Eastern on Saturday, September 21, on the NextEra Energy Main Stage in 18th Street Park, to kick off the tenth annual Ferdinand Folk Festival. They will also have the option of performing a short set on the Kyana Woodstock Market Stage during the afternoon of the festival. The artists may sell cds and merch at both events.

At the August 11 showcase, St. Benedict's Brew Works will be open from noon to 8 pm ET, and will serve excellent craft beer and craft root beer, handmade pizza, wings, soft pretzels, veggie burgers, and more.

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The tenth-annual Ferdinand Folk Festival is a free, family and environmentally friendly festival featuring internationally, nationally, and regionally touring singer-songwriters on the giant lawn's main stage, dozens of artisan, food, and environmental/wellness booths, aerial dancers, giant renewable energy puppets, many fun, educational music and nature programs for children, entertaining and educational Tent Talks, workshops for all ages, and much more. Exciting, new events will be announced in coming weeks. Patrons may learn more on Facebook and see updates at www.ferdinandfolkfestival.com.

Co-presenting sponsors of the festival are Best Home Furnishings and MasterBrand Cabinets. The Main Stage sponsor is NextEra Energy Resources. The Market Stage is sponsored by Kyana Woodstock.

FOLK FEST ACCEPTING VENDOR, ENVIRONMENTAL BOOTH APPLICATIONS

FOLK FEST ACCEPTING VENDOR, ENVIRONMENTAL BOOTH APPLICATIONS
 
Food vendors, artisans, and environment and wellness leaders are invited to apply for a booth to help celebrate the 10th annual Ferdinand Folk Festival on September 21. Guidelines, rules, fee schedule, and applications are available at ferdinandfolkfestival.com or by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
"It's great to see the festival grow over the years," stated Ryan Zaricki of Whole Sun Designs Inc. "With the Tent Talks and the diversity of educators, the Folk Fest has fostered a lot of environmental awareness in the region."
 
Kevin Fritz of KJF Pottery added, "The Folk Fest quickly became a world class event! It is a friendly and laid-back environment that is well organized and enriching to vendors and participants alike." Both Zaricki and Fritz have been involved from year one in 2010.
Organizers have announced the festival's music line-up, the singer-songwriter contest is accepting submissions through July 1, and the festival's diverse and exciting activities are being finalized. The free, homegrown festival will again offer extensive, fun, and educational activities for children and all ages.
 
This year’s co-presenting sponsors are Best Home Furnishings and MasterBrand Cabinets. The sponsor of the main stage is NextEra Energy Resources. Founding sponsors are Town of Ferdinand, Ferdinand News, and DC Broadcasting/101 Country WBDC. Publication of additional sponsors will be forthcoming.
For additional information and updates, visit the festival website and Facebook.

Newest Attraction!

Solar-Powered Main Stage, by Whole Sun Designs

 
FFF 2019 Whole Sun Designs Inc photo adTo help celebrate our tenth year of promoting music, art, and the environment, Whole Sun Designs Inc, and the Folk Fest are excited to announce that this year the NextEra Energy Main Stage will be 100% solar powered!
 
The festival is Saturday, September 21, from 9 am to 9 pm.  
 
In each of the first nine years of the festival, Whole Sun Designs has played a supportive role in the festival through multiple educational booths, Tent Talks, workshops, powering the Kyana Woodstock Market Stage with solar energy from KC the Sunshine Van, displaying a Tesla, and more. This year, company president Ryan Zaricki and Whole Sun Designs will bring the health and environmental benefits of clean, renewable energy to the literal forefront of the festival.
 
Thanks to the support from and collaboration with Ferdinand Municipal Utilities, a week before the festival, a 12-panel solar array will be temporarily installed by volunteers in the park and connected to the grid with a production meter attached. Throughout the week leading up to the event, this solar system will produce energy that will offset the energy used by the sound and light system. An online system will monitor the production and use.
 
Anyone who would like to help install the temporary solar array and learn more about the benefits of solar energy should meet at the park at 9 am Eastern on Saturday, September 14. The installation will take several hours.

Getting to Know the Dubois County Humane Society

3:00 – 3:45, North Tent

by a member of the Humane Society

FFF 2018 Humane JoelLearn about all the exciting and beneficial activities happening with the Dubois County Humane Society and maybe even meet a canine friend or two. They will have a team out and about in the park all day during the Folk Fest. Their mission is to educate the community about the services the organization offers and introduce festival patrons to dogs hoping to be adopted into loving, forever homes. In addition to mingling with the crowd, the Humane Society will also have a booth where snacks (for humans) will be sold and a photo booth where folks can have their picture taken with their favorite pet or one they might adopt.

Music Schedule 2018

MUSIC SCHEDULE  (All time Eastern)

10:00 - 10:45 am, Kaitlin and Charles Klein, Kyana Woodstock Market Stage

11:00 - 11:45 am, Regional Singer-Songwriters, NextEra Energy Main Stage

11:30 - 11:45 am, Kriss Luckett, Kyana Woodstock Market Stage

11:45 - 12:00 noon, Greg Ziesemer, Kyana Woodstock Market Stage

12:00 - 12:30, Brother, Son, NextEra Energy Main Stage

12:30 - 12:45 pm, Douglas Haines, Kyana Woodstock Market Stage

12:45 - 1:30 pm, Zion, NextEra Energy Main Stage

1:30 - 1:45 pm, Clayton Schroeder, Kyana Woodstock Market Stage

1:45 - 2:45 pm, Bridge 19, NextEra Energy Main Stage

2:45 - 3:00 pm, Jacob McDaniel, Kyana Woodstock Market Stage

3:00 - 4:00 pm, Heather Maloney, NextEra Energy Main Stage

3:50 - 4:15 pm, Children's Animal and Music Parade, Market Area, Kyana Woodstock Market Stage

4:15 - 5:30 pm, Appalatin, NextEra Energy Main Stage

5:30 - 5:45 pm, David Wayne, Kyana Woodstock Market Stage

5:45 - 7:00 pm ET, The Last Revel, NextEra Energy Main Stage

7:30 - 9:00 pm ET, Dar Williams, NextEra Energy Main Stage

2019 Printable Schedule & Map

FFF printable schedule 2019