BOLTON LANDING - Folk singers have traditionally drawn crowds in public venues as they sing about life's woes and joys, and to air their opinions on aspects of the human condition that need resolution.
In the 1960s, these modern-day troubadours captured public attention as they performed in parks and elsewhere, singing ballads of their experiences and odyssies.
Beyond entertainment, these open-air concerts brought people together for a renewal of spirit and to spread messages of peace and social justice.
The Bolton Chamber of Commerce annually captures that spirit in their Fabulous Folk Fest, which is set in the scenic Rogers Park so people can listen to the captivating music with the shimmering waters of Lake George as a backdrop.
The 6th annual Fabulous Folk Fest is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday Sept. 6 with a deep lineup of singers, fireworks at dusk - and a lot of other family activities occurring simultaneously in Bolton, including the town's arts and crafts festival.
Onstage in Rogers Park for the Fabulous Folk Fest are a group of folk singers who have roots in the southern Adirondacks and environs.
Set to perform are Adirondack-bred folksinger Dan Berggren, dulcimer player and vocalist Susan Trump, the renowned Zucchini Brothers and the emerging duo Mike & Ruthy, Folk Fest organizer Cindy Farbaniec said.
"We're offering a really outstanding group of folk musicians this year, and it's going to be a great event for the whole family," Farbaniec said. "We invite everybody to come to Bolton and make it a full day, spending time on the beach, exploring the arts and crafts sale, and saying 'Goodbye' to summer in a most marvelous way."
Susan Trump opens the folk festival at 10:30 a.m., Followed by Berggren at 11:30 a.m. and Mike and Ruthy at 12:30 p.m. These three acts repeat their sets from 1:30 on, followed by the Zucchini Brothers, who play the last set from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The audience is encouraged to stay until dusk for the town's annual fireworks display.
Reviewers have also praised the folk artists in the lineup.
Berggren has been collecting, writing and singing folk music of the Adirondacks for 30 years, He grew up in the Adirondacks on the land farmed by his ancestors, hearing stories and songs from friends and neighbors. Vermont Public Radio calls Berggren's music: "A genuine treasure - fresh and timeless, full of courage and down-to-earth richness."
Reviewers have praised Susan Trump's dulcimer playing and vocals as resembling "languid mountain breezes, the dulcimer lines are seamless and graceful."
Mike and Ruthy, also critically acclaimed, have performed their original Indie-Americana compositions internationally. A magazine in the Netherlands reviewed a performance by this Hudson Valley couple as "Gorgeous acoustic music by two perfectly connected musicians, which exceeds any genre such as folk."
The performance stage at the park provides good acoustics, and the park setting allows children have active fun nearby in a playground while others enjoy the music, Farbaniec said. She invited families to bring a blanket, enjoy a picnic, and stay for the day.
The Fabulous Folk Fest will be held regardless of the weather, Farbaniec said. The rain location is the Bolton Town Hall, which Farbaniec says has great acoustics.
Farbaniec said she had high expectations for the fifth annual Folk Fest.
"It's so scenic, the music is outstanding, the experience in the park - it's a perfect experience," she said.